Part-Time Indian Theme Assessment
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Junior’s mother had the same geometry book meaning that most of the books in the school are over thirty years old. If the school doesn't have enough money to buy new books, then the students don’t learn the most up-to-date information that can make them successful and make a living for themselves. In most cases, poverty can be passed down from generation to generation.
"My school and my tribe are so poor and sad that we have to study from the same dang books our parents studied from."
Going to a dominantly white school where most of the students there don't have to worry about money, Junior’s parents have to work at least twice as hard as Junior's peers’ parents do to make ends meet.
“I mean, my mother and father were working hard for me, too. They were constantly scraping together enough money to pay for gas, to get me lunch money, to buy me a new pair of jeans and a few shirts. My parents gave me just enough money so that I could pretend to have more money than I did.”
Junior lives in a poor neighborhood that has people that rely on dealing drugs to make money or drinking alcohol to feel better or landing in prison for drug and alcohol related crimes. The people living on the reservation do not have enough spare money to let their children go to college and let their children have a better life.
“I knew that seven or eight of those Indians lived with drunken mothers and fathers. I knew that one of those Indians had a father who dealt crack and meth. I knew that two of those Indians had fathers in prison. I knew that none of them were going to go to college. Not one of them.”
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