After reading this article, it got me thinking about what is going to be done about these inequalities. I have never put much thought into these equalities and I guess that's because I never suffered from them. I came from an upper middle class area and I thought everyone, no matter where they live, got taught the same way. That isn't case. One quote that I really liked from the preface of the book is "An idea that is often associated with this point of view is that our schools offer literacy equally to all comers, but somehow the have-nots refuse to take us up on our offer. They're not smart enough or they're lazy"(ix). I don't agree with this at all and neither does Finn. I find it pretty crazy how people blame the less fortunate. Students who go to school in a working class area may need a little extra help with their work, that doesn't mean they are refusing to do it or that they're lazy.
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I think it was a good thing for Finn to do this with his students, but change is important as well. I think it would be a good thing for children in the working class area to know they have a chance to do whatever they want with their life. That they are able to move up in the world instead of staying stuck in poverty. People need to be willing to make a change so that all schools can actually have equal education instead of only schools in wealthy areas benefiting. "it takes energy to make changes and the energy must come from the people who will benefit from the change" (xi). I agree with this completely. This is a difficult topic and a lot people aren't going to stand up for it if they aren't being affected.