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ISBN-10: 1400030838
ISBN-13: 9781400030835
Edition: 2004
Authors: Rafe Esquith
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Description: Year after year, Rafe Esquith’s fifth-grade students excel. They read passionately, far above their grade level; tackle algebra; and stage Shakespeare so professionally that they often wow the great Shakespearen actor himself, Sir Ian McKellen. Yet  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Year after year, Rafe Esquith’s fifth-grade students excel. They read passionately, far above their grade level; tackle algebra; and stage Shakespeare so professionally that they often wow the great Shakespearen actor himself, Sir Ian McKellen. Yet Esquith teaches at an L.A. innercity school known as the Jungle, where few of his students speak English at home, and many are from poor or troubled families. What’s his winning recipe? A diet of intensive learning mixed with a lot of kindness and fun. His kids attend class from 6:30 A.M. until well after 4:00 P.M., right through most of their vacations. They take field trips to Europe and Yosemite. They play rock and roll. Mediocrity has no place in their classroom. And the results follow them for life, as they go on to colleges such as Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford. Possessed by a fierce idealism, Esquith works even harder than his students. As an outspoken maverick of public education (his heroes include Huck Finn and Atticus Finch), he admits to significant mistakes and heated fights with administrators and colleagues. We all—teachers, parents, citizens—have much to learn from his candor and uncompromising vision.

Rafe Esquith has taught at Hobart Elementary School for more than twenty-eight years. He is the only teacher in history to receive the National Medal of Arts. He has also been made a Member of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. His many other honors include the American Teacher Award, The Kennedy Center's Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award, People magazine's Heroes Among Us Award, Parents magazine's As You Grow Award, Oprah Winfrey's Use Your Life Award, and the Compassion in Action Award from the Dalai Lama. In 2012 Esquith presented at the prestigious TED conference. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Barbara Tong. Read CBS's news story on Rafe Esquith.  

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