A short review on the novel To Sir With Love by E. R. Braithwaite

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To Sir, With Love by E. R. Braithwaite is a narrative less about race relations that it is about learning to understand people.  Granted, some of the students see Mr. Braithwaite as a "darky"; however, he, too, brings his own prejudices to the classroom about the lower socio-economic white children whom he teaches.  But, in the environment of openness at Greenslade Secondary School, an environment in which communication is encouraged, students and teach alike come to understand and love one another.

To Sir With Love is also about maturation and integrity.  The students of Greenslade leave as graduates with a firm understanding of how important it is to be honest and to develop character in themselves.  By having been treated as adults in Mr. Braithwaite's classroom, they have, indeed, learned to think and act like adults.  Braithwaite's integrity and dedication wins its battles.

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