Speaking Out

by Susan Kuklin

Susan Kuklin spent one year with students and staff at the Bayard Rustin High School... read more

Susan Kuklin spent one year with students and staff at the Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities in New York City, which has a racially, culturally and economically diverse student body, to explore "how kids see themselves and each other." In a school environment that strives to minimize conflict and foster understanding, interviews with individual students and interactions among students of both similar and vastly differing backgrounds reveal that hurt, confusion, anger and hope all abound. In discussions about race, culture, religion, sexuality, physical appearance and many other topics, the students openly reflect upon their own lives and relate their views about themselves and one another. This profile of individuals and a school community is clearly a mirror of the larger world as well. (Age 12 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993

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