Confessions of a Bad Teacher The Shocking Truth from the Front Lines of American Public Education

ISBN-10: 1402281005
ISBN-13: 9781402281006
Edition: N/A
Authors: John Owens
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Description: When John Owens left a high-level publishing job in a Manhattan skyscraper to teach English at a public school in New York City's South Bronx, he thought he could do some good. To use the cliché, he felt it was time to "give back."Instead, he found  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/26/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

When John Owens left a high-level publishing job in a Manhattan skyscraper to teach English at a public school in New York City's South Bronx, he thought he could do some good. To use the cliché, he felt it was time to "give back."Instead, he found an education disaster that robs students of real learning and cons parents and taxpayers into thinking that their children are being educated, when in fact, they are just bit players in a giant pageant of data and window dressing. Even worse, it demonizes the people closest to our children and their learning: their teachers. It has gotten to the point where the words "Bad Teacher" have become almost interchangeable with the word "Teacher" itself. And John found himself labeled just that when the methods that were inspiring his students didn't meet with the reform mandates.Confessions of a Bad Teacher is an intimate and eye-opening look at the state of American education and how teachers are struggling to help their students in the face of sweeping change. Using stories from teachers around the nation, this is a critical look at one of our most important professions, and how we can embrace our best educators to create real reform.

Introduction
America has met the enemy-teachers
Good-Bye Too Soon
Wait! I don't want to leave these kids. And they don't want me to leave.
Voices of Teachers around the Country: James Boutin, Seattle, Washington
The Almighty Principal
Take it from a teacher: "Run! Run away! Really, I mean it!"
Meet the Teachers
Can you find the lazy do-nothings in this picture?
My Students and Me
In this class, we're all writers. Voices of Teachers around the Country: Corinne Driscoll, Syracuse, New York
The Rules
The power of positive delusion as an organizing principle.
Classroom Management
This is the "secret sauce." But what's the recipe?
What Has Four Wheels and Flies?
The life of the traveling teacher.
Not High School as You Remember It
The music department is kept in a closet. And the library…what library?
Teaching, Step by Step
How to perform choreography with a stopwatch.
Bad Moves
Never poke the principal.
Judgment Daze
How can we tell who's good and who's bad?
Voices of Teachers around the Country: Mr. "X," Southwest Florida
Cheaters' Paradise
Those who insist they aren't lying are liars.
Voices of Teachers around the Country: Mrs. Chili, New England
What I Learned
Ten things about education that nobody wants to hear these days.
What We Can Do
There is hope. Here's how to help.
Epilogue
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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