The first three chapter of a memoir by a young teacher, Trudy Van Slooten, in the gang-ridden Chicago housing projects.
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Desription of the entire book:
It was with eager hands that the young Trudy Van Slooten opened the envelope containing her first teaching assignment in the Chicago Public School system.
“Isn’t that near the projects?” her husband asked.
“No,” Trudy replied. “That’s in the projects.”
“Bet you’re home for lunch,” he laughed.
What would it be like to be a young, white teacher, assigned to the highest crime and poverty area of the city of Chicago? An area where the infamous Vice Lords and Gangster Disciples rule? Where daily newscasts chronicle the shootings and deaths that
occur daily within its boundaries? Where, if you have car problems, your auto service informs you, “Sorry, lady, we don’t go there!”
In this informative, funny, and revealing book, Trudy give us an inside peek at how she taught elementary school children for more than 20 years, and was witness to some of the most heartwarming and tragic experiences of her life. She peels away the different layers of this society to show how it all comes together. This book gives the reader a snapshot of what an inner city school looks like from the recesses of the hallways to the gunfire on
You follow Trudy as she ferrets her way through the circuitous rules of the educational system, and learns to follow in the footsteps of Terry and Merry, two rogue teachers who successfully challenge the system, and win. Trudy sees young bodies being traded for
butter cookies. Young hope flowers as the students hatch eggs and see the beauty of life, against a tableau of death and shootings.
You will meet Betavia, a young girl who endures a Herculean fight with her fate, and uses the tragedy around her to overcome the overwhelming forces working against her. Then there is Devonte, a child of great promise, who constantly fights with the grasp
of the ghetto – sometimes victorious, sometimes defeated. And there is the talented Mickael, a cousin to Michael Jackson, who, but for the circumstances of the ghetto, would otherwise be groomed for a career as an actor and singer.
You will feel firsthand the resilience of the children who live in the projects, and the determination of the teachers who work there.
This book will give the reader a new perspective of the inner-city - the resilience of the children who live there, and the determination of the teachers who work there.struggling against the arcane Board of Education rules, gang warfare, and a determination to teach her children.