More than half of students from low‑income households
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My students need 3 each of 10 books from other cultures, like "Under a War-Torn Sky," for completing book reports for World Literature.
My student's love learning about other cultures and their affects upon the world and our nation. However, our libraries tend not to represent our multi ethnic student population. I want to offer my students a new view on the world that is vibrant and colorful.
We are one world, one race and as humans we all share the same emotions.
Through literature we come to understand other cultures. With understanding comes acceptance and prejudice fades.
Our school is nearly 40% Hispanic, rural and poor. Our district struggles of offer the bare minimum due to aging buildings and a poor tax base. Our students want to be accepting of our different cultures, but it is difficult without the knowledge of our differences. Literature will enhance their understanding and further the process of acceptance.
I am requesting a varied library of several different cultures, so that my students may learn and grow in their understanding of the world and their place within it. Many of these titles I have mentioned in class and students are inspired by my enthusiastic descriptions. However, they go to the library to check the books out, only to find we do not have copies, and neither does our local library. My students can not afford to buy the books, and I wish to offer them the opportunity of reading adult literature from other cultures.
Should opportunities and education only be offered to the rich?
Or should we offer a world view to all students despite their income? I believe in equal access to education for all. I dream of a day when I can offer books to students who want to read them...thanks to you, that day could be today!
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