Monday, October 1, 2012
Chapter 16 Benjamin
I think the big theme in this chapter is how sometimes we judge people incorrectly. Sometimes we make assumptions about people before we really know them. For example, Kozol saw Benjamin as a mean, fidgety, sarcastic boy. Kozol knew that he was a little slower than the other kids but he didn't realize how passionate he could be about poetry. Kozol explains how he incorrectly judged Benjamin when he says, 'If I hadn't had this opportunity to talk with him alone, I don't know if I'd have gotten past my first impression of him as a rather loose-limbed, casual, and superficial boy who seemed to laugh too easily at other kids' mistakes.' I picked this quote because it shows how we judge people incorrectly, but it also shows that sometimes it only takes one time with the person to realize that your opinion of that other person was wrong.