Magazine article Multicultural Education

Save Me a Seat

Magazine article Multicultural Education

Save Me a Seat

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Save Me a Seat Save Me a Seat By Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan, Scholastic Press; ages 8-12

Ravi (rahVEE) Suryanarayanan's first day in Mrs. Beam's 5th grade class does not go well. Ravi is Indian, originally from Bangalore, India. When his father comes to Hamilton, New Jersey, his entire family moved with him.

English and math are two of Ravi's best subjects. Because of his accent when Ravi speaks the class laughs and Mrs. Beam has trouble understanding his words. Ravi is short for a fifth grader but he was a trophy-winning cricket player at his last school.

Dillon Samreen, the class bully, is a second generation Indian American. Ravi's grandmother doesn't have much respect for Indian people born in America because they take up too many foreign habits. Ravi is very intelligent but new to the dynamics of the classroom. …

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