(Victor Valley)–The County Museum’s Reading Discoveries discussion group will discuss the book,” Just like Us:, by Helen Thorpe on Wednesday March 14 at 7:30 pm
What happens when the very best of the best high school seniors, who could normally have their choice of just about any college, come from low-income families who cannot afford tuition? What if those students are not eligible for financial aid, and cannot qualify for most scholarships? What if those students are undocumented immigrants without legal status in the United States?
“Just like Us” takes us on a whirlwind trip through the lives of four high-achieving students and their friends. Some are “legal” and can pretty much design their own higher education experience. Some are not qualified to receive any federal or state aid because of their varying degrees of legal status. All are among the top students in the nation at the time of the high school graduation. The book also looks at the politics of immigration, education and the intersection between ensuring educational opportunities the intricacies of immigration law.
“There is no easy answer in this debate,” said Jolene Redvale, curator of education. “But one thing is sure: there are infinite ways to look at the subject. And that makes for exciting and lively discussion.”
Discussions are open to all, even those who have not read the book but are interested in the subject. Participation is free.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10. Parking is free, and the facility is handicapped-accessible.