Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: August 18, 2009
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307589218
ISBN - 13: 9780307589217
From the Publisher
"There are lives lost in this book, and there are lives saved,
too, if salvation means a young man or woman begins to feel
deserving of a place on the planet. . . . What could be more
soul-satisfying? These are the most influential professionals
most of us will ever meet. The effects of their work will last
forever." -from the foreword by Anna Quindlen
Now depicted in a bestselling book and a feature film, the Freedom
Writers phenomenon came about in 1994 when Erin Gruwell stepped
into Room 203 and began her first teaching job out of college.
Long Beach, California, was still reeling from the deadly violence
that erupted during the Rodney King riots, and the kids in Erin's
classroom reflected the anger, resentment, and hopelessness of
their community. Undaunted, Erin fostered an educational
philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, tolerance, and
communication, and in the process, she transformed her students'
lives, as well as her own. Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers
went on to establish the Freedom Writers Foundation to replicate
the success of Room 203 and provide all students with hope and
opportunities to realize their academic potential. Since then,
the foundation has trained more than 150 teachers in the United
States and Canada. Teaching Hope
unites the voices of these Freedom Writer teachers, who
share uplifting, devastating, and poignant stories from their
classrooms, stories that provide insight into the struggles and
triumphs of education in all of its forms.
Mirroring an academic year, these dispatches from the front lines
of education take us from the anticipation of the first day to the
disillusionment, challenges, and triumphs of the school
year. These are the voices of teachers who persevere in the
face of intolerance, rigid administration, and countless other
challenges, and continue to reach out and teach those who are
deemed unteachable. Their stories inspire everyone to make a
difference in the world around them.
From the Trade Paperback edition.