Saturday’s Book: “Dancing Arabs” by Sayed Kashua

A fascinating book.  A very candid tale about growing up in two worlds, belonging to both and to neither. A complex situation indeed.

Sayed Kashua tells about his childhood as a very sensitive, bookish child growing up in an Arab village in the center of Israel. Without being prepared in any way, he was accepted to a prestigious boarding school  (high-school) for gifted children in Jerusalem, suddenly moving into the Jewish school system.

I was particularly interested in his portrayal of the differences in the school systems both as a teacher, but particularly as a counselor who works with teachers from all sectors of Israeli society. I know many things have changed since he was a child, but some echoes of his childhood experiences remain.


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