What important things does Rose learn from Jack McFarland in the classroom that unlocks the door to the upper-middle-class for him? To what degree was what Rose learned in the classroom from McFarland available to Coates in his classrooms? Why else is McFarland so important to Rose’s success? Did young Ta-Nehisi Coates have similar figures in his life? What’s different about the kind of mentorship each young man received?
For Rose’s Jack McFarland was a big role model on his pathway to success. He was able to turn Rose’s mindset of how he thought of school into appreciating knowledge. Rose’s speak about Mcfarland saying“ It enabled me to do things in the world. I could browse Bohemian bookstores and Farah call my mysterious Hollywood I could go to the cinema and see if vents through the lens of European directors and most of all I could share an evening talk that talk with Jack McFarland the man I most admired at the time. Knowledge was becoming a bonding agent. Within a year to the Persona of the disaffected Hipster would prove too cynical to alienate to last. Before our time it was new and exciting it provided a critical perspective on society and it allowed me to act as though I were living beyond the limiting boundaries of South Vermont.” He was able to take what he was taught and be able to see what knowledge has done for him as far as stepping outside the boundaries of what he knows and using it to see what society is really like.Jack Mcfarland wanted these students to succeed and not to see them struggle because in the end the way your students do reflects what kind of teacher you are at the end of the day. He turned Ross’s way of using his mind to interest him in reading and creating stories and used his weakness to make him stronger. In Coates story he wasn’t able to have a teacher like Jack to teach him the knowledge that he needed, Coates had to do it on his own because the teachers he had would cover what was really going on in his reality but Jack embraced it.