My experience with reading this book was great and I learned a lot from it. I learned what these students went through and what life was for them. Even though, no one believed in them and most of their teachers gave up on them, there was always the one teacher who believed in them. This teacher was Ms. Erin Gruwell who is the creator of the Freedom Writers. She helped the kids see the light and inspired and motivated them to learn because education is the key to success. I think kids who have been through a tough life, or discriminated against, would like this book because it is very inspiring. This book will help them see that these kids got through their tough situation and maybe they can too by believing in themselves. “Society just doesn’t care about young people anymore, even if we are the future” (105). This is an example of how these kids felt everyday and why they didn’t care about their own education. I kind of agree with this quote because there are stereotypes in our society that reinforce that all black kids are gangsters or all Latinos are drug dealers, but that is not true. If you are a person of color, then it is assumed that you are a bad influence, or you do not want a future.
The Freedom Writer’s Diary by Erin Gruwell, begins with a situation that happened in Ms. Gruwell’s class. The kids in the class were bullying each other and putting each other down. The kids in her class were very separated by race. They did not interact as a class. They all felt as though the world was against them and the only people they could trust was their own people. A major incident that occurred in the class was that Ms. Gruwell found a note that was passed in the class. She found a note that was a picture of a black boy who had over exaggerated some facial features. Ms. Gruwell told them that this was a note full of hate and that this kind of hate was what had led to the Holocaust. She was surprised to find out that these kids had never heard about the Holocaust. She decided to introduce two books to the class so they could feel what it felt to be discriminated against or killed for no reason. The books the class read together were, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata’s Diary. Through these books, the students discovered how hard a life was for both of these girls, but even though it was so hard, they had the spirit and the strength to want to survive. The girls both used their personal diary writings to express how they felt, their emotions, and their fears, and their hopes to get through their hard times.
As a result, the students in Ms. Gruwell’s class began to write their own personal diary entries. The Freedom Writers Diary is a collection of the student’s diary entries and their experience as a class. This book is written in a diary format which showed what the kids went through in their daily lives. Each diary entry is written by a different student in Ms. Gruwell’s class. The diary entries are very real and express their relationships and emotions, and their life struggles. “It would be easy to become a victim of our circumstances and continue feeling sad, scared or angry; or instead, we could choose to deal with injustice humanely and break the chains of negative thoughts and energies, and not let ourselves sink into it’’(210).
MLA Format : Gruwell, Erin. Freedom Writers Dairy. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.