Tuesday, July 28, 2009

White, Urban Appalachian Children

by Victoria Purcell-Gates

Book Seventeen
What type of people live in the Appalachian Mountains? Rednecks, poor white trailer park trash or just a lost group of people that no one really wants to talk about. These people are a community of illiterates who need to be educated in the U.S.A. and I think are severely over looked in our society. I never really knew what it meant when friends talked about volunteering and helping people in Appalachia or even where Appalachia was. If it wasn't for the Senator of South Carolina hitting the media recently, I still would be in the dark. This book is a case study that a college professor conducted on a mother and child who are from the Appalachian region trying to live in a more civilized city like society. The family struggles with whether or not they should stay in the modern world, illiterate and isolated or return to a world of comfort and family. The saddest part of this whole story in my opinion is that there are probably tons and tons of families in other parts of the U.S.A. that face the same issues, yet we have the best educational system in the world. How?