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Alexandra, South Africa
1960s, 1970s during apartheid
"Hard work pays off"
"Never give up on your dreams"
"Education will open a door where none seem to exist"
Stern in manner or appearance
"Principals austere face reminded him of his father's."
"The statement shattered every pretext he had against going to school."
To read thoroughly or carefully
"Principal continued to peruse the contents in the package."
Small room or compartment
"Principal's office was a tiny cubicle."
Fond of fights
"He was still belligerent, even while going to school."
An account of a person's life written by that person.
"Mark Mathabane wrote the story about himself and his life when he was younger."
"In the story it says "He leaped from his chair because it was like he was sitting on hot lead."
A generalization or belief about a group or type of people.
"In the story blacks didn't have as much privilege as the whites."
Why doesn't mark want to go to school?
He thought it was a waste of time
He wanted to live life like the gang of no-gooders(seemed like an interesting and exciting life)
He was taught first how to fight and steal NOT read and write
What did his mother make him do at 4 in the morning before school?`
Wash himself in a tub (he rarely showered)
the amount of baths could have been counted on one hand with several fingers missing
What did his mother make him put on?
His father's white tshirt (she had to fold it many times)
What did he do when he found out he was going to school?
Tried to escape
How did they get him to school?
they tied him with rope and dragged him
What did they see on the way to school?
May kids howling and trying to escape their parents
An older women who told about how she wish she would have done that to her son because then he wouldn't have gotten into the gangs and streets. He got killed in a knife fight.
What has the old women done since then?
She stopped every family with a school boy struggling and told them the story about her son
What was behind the principal's door that made Mark second guess trying to escape?
There were a row of canes
Why could't he go to school earlier?
His mom couldn't get the necessary paperwork
What would be a possible reason Mark couldn't attend the school?
He father is Venda and the school was only for those of Shangaan tribe and that he speaks a multiple of languages
What happens if Mark would refuse to go back?
The principal would send older boys to get him and he'll be sorry if it comes to that
What were the 3 reason Mark didn't want to go to school?
He was reluctant to surrender his freedom and independence over to what I hear every school going child call "tyrannous discipline"
He had heard many bad thing about life in tribal school like daily beatings by teachers, and mistresses who worked you like a mule to long school hours and the canes in the principal's office ; it was a torture chamber
His allegiance to the gang
Something big happened that made him change his mind, what was it?
He came home to find out that his father had beaten his mother with a meat cleaver
Johannes was very angry and his father threatened to kill him
He screamed obscenities at him and promised to kill him one day for what he did for his mother
What did Johannes's father beat up his mother?
He doesn't want Johannes to go to school
He thinks it is a waste of money
He thinks it is a white man's education
How did his mother want to pay for his schooling?
She was going to get a job to pay
Her husband thought it would look bad
He doesn't believe in school
What happened to Johannes's grandfather?
He left his grandmother
Did her mother just go with the flow?
No, she was very outspoken about tribal traditions like prearranged marriages
Why does Johannes mother want him to go to school?
So he can have a future
She doesn't want him to grow up to be like his father
Did Johannes's dad go to school?
No, because his father discouraged it
What does his mother believe about education?
It is a key to a whole new world and a new life different from hers and his father's.
It will make you grow up to be a good and proud person.
Did Johannes's mother go to school?
No, because her father believed it was a waste to educate females. She has always wanted to go
What did Johannes promise to his mother?
He would go to school "forever' He chose to fight on his mother's side.
How old was Johannes?
7 1/2 years old
He doesn't want to go to school
Gets to school and learns if he does anything bad he will get beat, and a kid died from not going to school
Learns his dad beat his mom
He goes and talks to his mom about why his father doesn't want him to go to school
Tells his mom he will always go to school
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