Erin Gruwell is the author of The Freedom Writers Diary. Known for taking the "troubled and challenging" students that, in essence, no one else wanted, Gruwell proved that a great teacher makes all of the difference. Her text is a testament to the power one has when he or she cares about what they are doing.
In order to identify what Gruwell thinks about the educational system, I looked to her biography (provided on her website). This document defines how she feels about education. She believes that education should designed to "achieve excellence from all students." She believes in and values diversity and believes that education should force students to reevaluate themselves, their lives, and the decisions they make in their lives. Her belief that education is meant to make a real change in the lives of students is evident in her great success.