On a blistering May day in the Central Valley, most other 13-year-olds were in school. But Erick Araujo was under orders from his mother to stay inside with a U.S. history textbook.
The seventh-grader actually didn't have much to do. Over four days, his only task was to read three chapters and answer, briefly, a few questions per chapter.
"Pretty easy," the boy with braces shrugged, leafing through pages.
He had no math. No English. No science. No other books to engage his love of history.