YO, MISS #1: A GRAPHIC LOOK AT HIGH SCHOOL: $3, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 35 pgs.

Jun 13, 2014

For anyone who has ever had demanding experiences working in education, Yo, Miss might trigger violent flashbacks. Wilde’s honest depiction of WildcatAcademy, a second chance high school, and its cast of disenfranchised, unmotivated, and malcontent students is often cringe-inducing. But like any dose of reality, it’s entirely necessary and purposeful. The teacher, Ms. Wilde, struggles to find a way to connect with her students. She goes home with nightmares and finds herself straddling the fence between optimism and nervous breakdown. Yet, she is acutely aware of the challenges many of her students face (economic, familial, social barriers). This is the first part in a five part series, so the set up is painfully frank. I expect (or at least hope) that the rebellious cast of characters will eventually make a triumphant turn around, but for this first issue, Ms. Wilde serves as a willing punching bag. Her students sling racial slurs her way (“Snowflake,” “Snowy”) or often never show up to class. Ms. Wilde is determined, but the addition of true accounts serve as a reminder of the uphill battle educators confront day in, day out, and the unfathomable obstacles these students encounter on a daily basis. Oh, the humanity. Get it and get educated. –Sean Arenas (Microcosm, 636 SE 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97214, microcosmpublishing.com)