18-year-old Lamont Barker has a tough decision to make: should he choose the cool school, or the dorky school? His friends are rallying behind a state college that guarantees a good time with a reputation for elaborate parties. On the other hand, Lamont was accepted at one of the top universities in the country. on an academic scholarship. Amazing grades and Chess Club have always kept him on the straight and narrow, but what if Lamont wants to know what it's like to have a social life? To go to parties and have a girlfriend, for once?
The end of senior year is looming. Lamont doesn't have much time to decide and the right answer won't be easy. Which school will he choose?
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The Cool school or the Not cool school, that is the question. That weighs on Lamont every day. Lamont’s favorite quote is by W.E.B Du Bois. “Education must simply not teach work, it must teach life”. Lamont Barker always wonders about that quote and how it could go two ways. By understanding that education must not only teach work can go into his State University decision. At Prep it will be all about work and not so much living socially with his friends. It will teach him about life and it will also teach him about school.