Participation in the Freedom Writers had many positive effects on the students as well as the teacher. One important benefit was to reduce the conceptual distinction between "education" and "life." Closely related was reducing the distinction between the production and consumption of knowledge.
As the students wrote more, they also read more and gained appreciation for a shorter feedback loop: reading immediately stimulated ideas, reflections, and memories that they quickly responded to through their own writing. By reading each other's work as well, they learned to own of the identity of "writer." The abstraction of material required for school was converted into the concreteness of words that real people struggled to get onto the page. Respect for that process—even under extreme duress, compared to what Anne Frank experienced—translated into shared consciousness of self-respect and pride of accomplishment. Also, a high percentage of students in the project graduated high school.