Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo
This is a fascinating memoir told by Michelle, who taught middle school English in a school for kids who had been kicked out of the regular schools for various reasons. Michelle learned how to connect with her students through literature though not the way she had originally thought she would. She went on to law school in order to better make a difference in the world and learned that one of her former students, Patrick, was in jail for murder. She visited him in jail and taught him there as well. The story highlights the poverty that still exists in the deep south and the way that black people are treated there and what their lives are like. She sees how just a little bit of care and effort on her part brought out Patrick's intelligence and helped him to grow and see the world differently. I think the book is eye opening and I highly recommend it.