Teachers Have It Easy The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers

ISBN-10: 1595581286
ISBN-13: 9781595581280
Edition: 2006
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 9/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

The bestselling call to action for improving the working lives of public school teachersand improving our classrooms along the way. Since its initial publication and multiple reprints in hardcover in 2005, Teachers Have It Easy has attracted the attention of teachers nationwide, appearing on the New York Times extended bestseller list, C-SPAN, and NPR's Marketplace, in addition to receiving strong reviews nationwide. Now available for the first time in paperback, this groundbreaking book examines how bad policy makes teachers' lives miserable. Many teachers today must work two or more jobs to survive; they cannot afford to buy homes or raise families. Interweaving teachers' voices from across the country with hard-hitting facts and figures, this book is a clear-eyed view of the harsh realities of public school teaching, without chicken-soup-for-the-soul success stories. With a look at the problems of recruitment and retention, the myths of short workdays and endless summer vacations, the realities of the work week, and shocking examples of how society views America's teachers, Teachers Have It Easy explores the best ways to improve public education and transform our schools.

Dave Eggers was born on March 12th, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts. His family moved to Lake Forest, Illinois when he was a child. Eggers attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, until his parents' deaths in 1991 and 1992. The loss left him responsible for his eight-year-old brother and later became the inspiration for his highly acclaimed memoir "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". Published in 2000, the memoir was nominated for a nonfiction Pulitzer the following year. Eggers edits the popular "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" published annually. In 1998, he founded the independent publishing house, McSweeney's which publishes a variety of magazines and literary journals. Eggers has also opened several nonprofit writing centers for high school students across the United States. Eggers has written several novels and his title, A Hologram for the King, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. His most recent work of fiction, entitled The Circle, was published in 2013.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was born on September 16, 1950, in Keyser, West Virginia. He received a degree in history from Yale University in 1973 and a Ph.D. from Clare College, which is part of the University of Cambridge in 1979. He is a leading scholar of African-American literature, history, and culture. He began working on the Black Periodical Literature Project, which uncovered lost literary works published in 1800s. He rediscovered what is believed to be the first novel published by an African-American in the United States. He republished the 1859 work by Harriet E. Wilson, entitled Our Nig, in 1983. He has written numerous books including Colored People: A Memoir, A Chronology of African-American History, The Future of the Race, Black Literature and Literary Theory, and The Signifying Monkey: Towards a Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism. In 1991, he became the head of the African-American studies department at Harvard University. He is now the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at the university. He wrote and produced several documentaries including Wonders of the African World, America Beyond the Color Line, and African American Lives. He has also hosted PBS programs such as Wonders of the African World, Black in Latin America, and Finding Your Roots.

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Do Teachers Have It Easy?
Why Jonathan Dearman, the Heartbeat of Leadership High School, Left to Sell Real Estate
The Strange and Incredible Lives of Your Children's Teachers
"Look Dad, My Biology Teacher is Selling Stereos at Circuit City!"
The Teachers Live in Another Town
It's Not a Bad Salary If You're Single
Driving the Rustbucket
Understanding-Truly Understanding-What Goes Into Effective Teaching
To be a Teacher
Teaching Bell to Bell
A Day in the Life
So Why Do They Bother?
Buying in, Selling Out, Losing Faith
Crisis of Faith
They Left-Here's Why
"I Didn't Want to be Poor"
Better Schools Begin with Better Pay
Success in Reform
Solutions That Aren't
Conclusion: Pay Now or Later
Afterword
About the Teachers
Innovative Schools, Districts, and Unions
Recommended Reading
Teacher Recruitment Organizations
Other Education Advocacy, Reform, and Support Organizations
Research Organizations
Periodicals
Notes
Index

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