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By Taylor Stoehr

altering Lives recounts the reports of a dozen males on probation in Massachusetts who took sessions for 3 months to learn and speak about nice works of literature. the lads explored the writings of Malcolm X, Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov, among others. In those writings the lads came upon many matters when it comes to their very own lives, resembling substance abuse, family members breakdown, poverty and racism. the teachings create a secure area for mirrored image and earnest dialog, within which the scholars now not need to bluff or be cool, guarded, or evasive. and as the school room places them on equivalent footing with authority figures - academics, probation officials or even judges - a brand new social wisdom starts off to emerge. altering Lives indicates how reawakening ethical cognizance and a clean dedication to society is vital if probationers should not to cycle without end in the course of the limbo of road lifestyles and penal complex time.

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