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You Failed Us: Students of Color Talk Seattle Schools
"You Failed Us" is an exploration of the experience that students of color have in the schools they attend around the Seattle area. It incorporates direct quotes from interviewed students, as well as the authors's own personal experiences from when they were in elementary school, to now, about to enter their senior year of high school. Digging into these experiences allows ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published 2019 by Lulu Press Inc
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This books has valid points, including higher expectations from some teachers just because you tested into HCC. However, I as a person of color felt many of these statements were innacurate, and some racist due to generalizations. None of my classmates have acted superior due to race and i found the environment more friendly because people don't bully you for what you're interested in. How you learn. Or how you act. I believe it is no different making friends with someone of a different race, it ...more
Azure Savage is definitely an author to watch. He self published this book while still in high school and immediately gained notoriety and quickly became one of Elliot Bay's bestsellers. "You Failed Us: Students Of Color Talk Seattle Schools" is one of the most insightful and moving books I've ever read. It explores the complex issues of racism within the SPS system through a well-crafted mix of interviews, personal stories, and analysis. He is incredibly courageous in sharing his story with the ...more
Savage is a powerful storyteller and weaves together their personal experiences with those of their classmates and social justice/ anti-oppression analysis effectively. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has been a student in the school system, may work in the school system, or have loved ones working or studying in the school system.
I loved reading this book. As a white male educator, I've encountered a lot of equity books in the last year, but none have resonated with me on the student experience as much as Savage's work. The book itself has some issues with typos and formatting, but the content is what matters, and it shines. I do wish there had been a "further reading" section, and/or references to allow for deeper dives into the many issues Savage raises, but in general I am impressed with the courage and directness wit ...more