How is the St. Louis school different from the one in Stamps?

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Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The school in Stamps is a community school, that is small enough so that everyone knows one another. It is also exclusively African-American. Despite it's small size and lack of resouces given to the large white school in town, Maya's school has dedicated teachers and parents helping their children succeed.

But in St Louis, Maya recalls, "(w)hen we enrolled in Toussaint L'Ouverture Grammar school, we were struck by the ignorance of our schoolmates and the rudeness of our teachers. Only the vastness of the building impressed us; not even the white school in Stamps was as large" (Ch 10).

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