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What is the lesson that Miss Moore is trying to teach the children in "The Lesson"?

In "The Lesson," Miss Moore is trying to teach the children about economic inequality. The children are from a poor neighborhood in Harlem, and Miss Moore takes them on a field trip to F. A. O. Schwarz, an expensive toy store in wealthy Manhattan. By doing so, she hopes to show them the injustice of the American economic system.

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The Lesson” is a short story written by Toni Cade Bambara. The story relates an account of a well-educated woman named Miss Moore who brings a group of young black children from Harlem to F. A. O. Schwarz in Manhattan. The children are taken aback when they go to the famous toy store because of how expensive it is. Some of the prices of the toys are more than the children’s parents make in a year. This exposes the children to the central lesson of the story: economic inequality.

Economic inequality particularly affects communities of color. Even though Harlem and the F. A. O. Schwarz are only a few miles apart, they actually seem like two different worlds....

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