And Still We Rise:: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City Students by Miles CorwinMiles Corwin spent the school year with a class of high school seniors enrolled in a gifted program in South-Central L. And Still We Rise is the stirring chronicle of these determined young people as they face the greatest challenge of their academic lives. Toya''s stepfather strangled her mother to death when Toya was in fifth grade. Olivia, a ward of the county, had lived in ten different foster and group homes by the time she was sixteen. Sadi, who grew up as a gangbanger, has seen three of his homies die and numerous others go to jail. Stories such as these are part of everyday life for the gifted students of Crenshaw High School. Miles Corwin, author of The Killing Season and journalist for the Los Angeles Times, spent a year in the classroom with these kids, ghetto scholars who qualified for an elite gifted program because of their exceptional IQs and standardized test scores.
Homicides and AP English in Miles Corwin's "And Still We Rise"
Thank you! They face multiple pressures that would debilitate and demoralize the average adult: poverty, crime, emotional and physical abuse from family members, gangs, drugs, peer pressure, and bureaucratic entanglements whose outcomes will determine their day-to-day survival. Whether following the travails facing the vividly characterized students or those facing the class instructor, Toni Little, Corwin kept his own journalistic focus throughout a project that presented professional and ethical challenges of the most exasperating sort. He details the subsequent defeats and triumphs of will and discipline and keeps the story gritty and gripping, even when explaining the history that led to Proposition the initiative to end affirmative action or relating the intimate connection between one of the students at Crenshaw and the two black athletes who raised their fists on the victory stand at the Olympics. The stakes here are comparable to those in the documentary Hoop Dreams , and Corwin manages to give academic failure and triumph the same dignified solidity. There was a problem adding your email address.
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During the homicide a boy was shot by gangbangers. He was a junior at high school and was in the gifted program. After the homicide, Miles Corwin decides to write this book because we wanted to write not only about gangbangers but also about other children who wanted to succeed and had to overcome obstacles in life. He wrote about the problems that occurred in inner-city high schools. He followed a group of seniors that were in a gifted program at Crenshaw high school in Los Angeles. Students who had many problems in life, who were abandoned and abused by …show more content….