Among Schoolchildren Author:Tracy Kidder "We like to generalize about education" says author Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of "Soul of a New Machine", "and look for grand solutions, often forgettting that there's somthing very compelling about what goes on in a classroom. It's a small world where small things loom large." — Among Schoolchildren chronicles a year in the li... more »fe of a fifth grade class in Holyoke, Massachusettts, and its remarkable teacher, 34-year-old Chris Zajac, who struggles against tough odds (ignorance, lack of funds, diminished resources, prejudice) to make a difference in the lives of 20 children.
Zajac's victories in this miniature and care-filled war zone are small ones, her reverses constant, but Zajac's will is indomitable. If anyone can make a difference, Chris Zajac will.
Simply, what she and thousands of her colleages across the nation achieve or do not acheive affects all of us. They are our front line defense against future poverty, future despair, future ignorance and ultimately our hope of survival. Among Schoolchildren is a report from that front.