Poverty And Education In The Lesson By Toni Cade Bambara

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In Toni Cade Bambara 's short story, "The Lesson" Toni tackles a lot of recoil injustice but what she talks about the most is economical injustice. In the story Bambara try’s to make a connection between poverty and education and how that relates to her own life. Bambara shows how poverty and education are connected together by taking us two main characters to show us what going on Sylvia and miss more are a student and a teacher. Sylvia is a poor student who lives in the ghetto Harlem with her family. Miss Moore is a well-educated black woman who sees that the kids lack knowledge out of poverty and decide to do something about it. The way that the story relates to Bambara 's life is that she was born and rose in Harlem and she seeing …show more content…
She has adopted the pose of a know-it-all to her friends who can figure out things for herself, and she says that she resents and she does not need Miss Moore, Miss Moore college-educated African American woman who is taking a role of being a role model and teacher for the kids. Miss Moore takes the kids on a trip to a toy store. Miss Moore knows that this will be a new experience for the children, who have never left the ghetto before, and that they will see new things that hey have never seen before. She wants the kids to know about how many and education is unfairly giving just open their minds. They kids got uneasy and out of place. Looking through the window, they are stunned by the products offered and by their high prices. Miss Moore gives Sylvia 5 dollars she tells her to pay the taxi and tip him and give the rest of the money back to her but she decides that she needs the money more and she doesn’t tip the taxi and keeps the rest of the …show more content…
The way that there was only one educated person in the whole community shows how economic states and education are concocted are toghter. In Paragraph 3 the lesson “And then she gets to the part about we all poor and live in the slums which I don 't feature. And I 'm ready to speak on that,” Sylvia doesn’t believe that she is poor and that she is well above everyone. Sylvia has Problem with Miss Moore because she an educated lady in paragraph 1 of the lesson she says that “ this lady moved on our block with nappy hair and proper speech and no makeup.” she is insulting her appearance and stated that she speaks properly as if that is a negative thing. Sylvia keeps insulting Ms. Moor she calls the teacher "This nappy-head bitch and her goddamn college degree" She Is still insulting her because of how educated she is. The reader would come to a conclusion that Sylvia doesn’t know any better and that she is trying find herself out because in the end of the story she does figure things out and becomes less rude. It’s not just Sylvia who has a problem with Miss Moore but a lot of the kids in the neighborhood and their families do not think that Miss Moore to be "one of them. “Because of miss more is an educated women so the neighbors think as her to be weird and a

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