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Essay on The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara Toni Cade Bambaras The Lesson is a very well written piece of history This is a story from yesterday when Harlem children didnt have good education or the money to spring for it Bambaras tale tells about a little girl who doesnt really know how to take it when a good teacher finally does come along This girls whole life is within the poverty stricken area and she doesnt see why she must try hard The teacher Miss Moore shows them what it is all about by taking them to a rich toy store one in which a single toy costs more than years supply of food We immediately learn that Miss Moore is not the average Harlem teacher She is educated herself along with being very opinionated The children explain that she has nappy hair and no makeup probably signifying that she was a part of the African American movement Miss Moore was more than arithmetic and spelling She attempted to teach the children about life and politics as well In a way the children were innocent before Miss Moore came along They thought that everyone else old stupid young or foolish- while the children were perfect Miss Moore showed them what they truly were- and why education was so important The first thing learned is that poverty is a way of life for these children Although they know they are poor it doesnt bother them because everyone there is poor Its okay to be without when there isnt any competition An example of this is seen when the children talk of their study areas at home Only one of them actually have a desk and paper and the others think nothing of it Instead they tell her to shut up about it The children are proud of themselves and of their life Miss Moore finally leads the kids to the toy store The are immediately
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