In The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore describes the subtle differences, and often luck, that leads to great success or abject failure later in life, specifically for at-risk urban youths growing up in poverty. This is a 2010 work of nonfiction.
The narrator has grown up to become “a Rhodes scholar, a White House Fellow, a former Army officer” while the other Wes Moore is “a drug dealer, a robber, a murderer.” Both characters grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and the fact they have the same names makes their lives and intersecting experiences rife for comparison and juxtaposition.
The narrator discusses the similarities between the public school system and the prison system. Specifically, Moore notes that public schools utilize the same tactics as prisons and seem to prime student to become prisoners through their use of lack of freedom, physical confinement, and harsh punishment.
There is also an interesting idea around the mandatory nature of education for children. This sets up a dynamic...
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