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About the Author

As a classroom teacher and astute observer of education for 35 years, award-winning columnist Tom Tatum has grown intimately familiar with the challenges facing the modern American high school. With his extensive background in both journalism and education, Tatum crafts a compelling novel that explores the real problems plaguing public education today.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (November 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477217126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477217122
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,659,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By cjpoet on April 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
An Educated Guess
Tom Tatum was probably my favorite HS English teacher and an inspiration for my own writing. As a former student, it was fun to recognize some of my former teachers/administrators in this novel. As a current teacher, I wholly sided with the arguments AGAINST heavy-handed intrusions by Special Education administrators.
The novel kept me moving steadily (with one or two unnecessary sexual sidetracks) and I found myself rooting for specific characters and the outcomes of their trials. I have and will continue to recommend this book.
Enough mystery and twists to keep the reader guessing and hoping...
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By PAreader on October 14, 2013
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This book would probably be a good read for anyone from the Chester County, Pennsylvania area. There is a lot that most people can probably relate to since it touches on issues of education, privilege, societal change, and values. It also includes a few mysteries and unexpected turns. Tatum is really good at showing both the joy and despair of everyday life and the lives of the students and teachers in a school.
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By Richard Ginn on December 14, 2013
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First of all, in spite of our individual experiences, High School is something we all have in common and so can relate to. To get a glimpse into how that institution has evolved and functions at present is a real eye-opener and provides the reader with more than a few " are you kidding me?" moments. An Educated Guess provides that insight very nicely as it weaves seamlessly with the story line of the main character's struggles, challenges and intrigues both personal and professional. The whole is brought together with both wit and humor as Tatum tells a very human story.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on April 8, 2013
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Tom Tatum's EDUCATED GUESS captures, with only slight exaggeration, the internal politics and interpersonal relationships that abound in the public high schools in the United States. There is enough humor throughout the text to keep the mood from plunging into darkness, yet the problems portrayed in the book should be of concern to all of us. Especially enjoyable were the physical descriptions of Southern Chester County and its industries and facilities.
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