My students are a very diverse group of young people situated right in the middle of the great city of Indianapolis. They are a group of readers and thinkers who love to discuss social justice issues. They love to challenge their own assumptions and learn new ways of thinking. In short, they are the future, and I love going to work each and every day to teach and be taught by them. They push me to think differently, and I push them to think more complexly about the world around them.
My students live in a world that is often difficult to understand. They live in a world that doesn't always make sense and often we as adults struggle to explain this world to them in a satisfactory way. This is why students need to read great books. Great literature can act as a mirror and reveal things to us about ourselves, but they can also serve as a window and allow us to look through another person's eyes. I have not read a book that does a better job at this than "Ghost Boys." This book looks at a complicated issue like police brutality with empathy and warmth without shying away from the hard questions. I know this book will spark powerful ideas in my students and I can't wait to teach it.
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