Hope and Utopia

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These days it’s all about the hardware that you’re packing and the crew you roll around with. If you’re just a random on the streets you’re most likely going to get jumped or shot. This is what one young man named Cedric Jennings has to face in his senior year of high school, in one of Washington D.C. most corrupt neighborhoods. He comes into many difficult challenges and problems though out his years in Washington but his hardest will be his peregrination though his senior year and making his way to collage. This young man is just trying to stay out of trouble and get into one of the most respected universities in the U.S. But along the way he faces many difficult situations and maybe this problems will be able to be answered by a book called Utopia. Hopefully young Cedric Jennings will be able to solve most of his problems how the people in the wonderful town of Utopia solved their problems. One of his most unremitting problems was how kids in his school would never give a crap about their grades. I mean the surprising “2.0 grade point average for athletic participation is too high a bar for many kids here to cross”(Suskind 2). Too me this would be a huge problem because having to be around kids that don’t care about their grades would make it hard to do well in school. Even when you’re a kid from the hood that has a pedantry brain. I mean this kid is smart, but he just has to deal with problems that he shouldn’t have too. I mean Cedric would have to be very chary about his knowledge. He would have to because other kids would say “Nerd! Geek! Egghead! And the harshest, Whitey!”(Suskind 3). Down I the town of Utopia, many people would have a very different saying about how the education system would be run. Utopians say, “they may apply themselves wholly to study”(More 35-36). If they do not wish to pursue a great educated life, than they…...

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