Short Review: With Their Eyes

30 Nov

With Their Eyes: September 11th--The View from a High School at Ground ZeroWith Their Eyes: September 11th–The View from a High School at Ground Zero by Annie Thoms

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am soon going to be completing a school library practicum at Stuyvesant High School, in Manhattan. This book is a collection of monologues written and performed by Stuyvesant high school students in 2002, as a way of processing their experiences on September 11, 2001. Stuyvesant is just 4 blocks from ground zero. The project was spearheaded by a Stuyvesant English teacher, Annie Thoms, when she noticed the stories exchanged between students on websites and message boards in the period after 9/11 when students and faculty were unable to go to school. I found this idea compelling educationally and psychologically. I also thought it would be interesting to read these stories and learn a little bit about what Stuy has recovered from. Certainly, none of these students are still there, but perhaps some of the teachers, administrators, custodians and cafeteria personnel who were interviewed are, and their experiences 10 years ago I’m sure inform their feelings about the Stuy community to this day. The stories were insightful, honest, engaging, and full of symbolism.

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