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As Bad as They Say?Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx$
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Janet Grossbach Mayer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234165

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234165.001.0001

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Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

(p.102) 13 Bridging the Gap
As Bad as They Say?

Janet Grossbach Mayer

Fordham University Press

There are so many other Bronx students and this chapter describes a few of them. A young man, a valedictorian some years ago, admitted to a few of his teachers, that he had been homeless for the last year of high school and had been living on the New York City subway, keeping warm and sleeping on the train. Then there was a female student who showed great talent as a basketball player. Title IX in 1972 had made more funds and opportunities available for girls and women in sports, and Keisha benefited from this more equitable law. Then there was Alicia, who wanted to be an astronaut, and then Robert, a brilliant young African American male who was an outstanding student in the multicultural literature class, who accepted every challenge and won a full scholarship to Bowdoin College in Maine.

Keywords:   Bronx, students, New York City, Keisha, Alicia, Robert, multicultural literature class, scholarship, Bowdoin College

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