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Letters to a Young Teacher Paperback – August 5, 2008
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I teach at the college level - mostly grad students, so far, but an undergrad class this term. My disappointment lay in finding that this describes the experiences of an early-primary teacher. Her 'leaky little people,' the six year olds in her classes, have little in common with my students. I already know I lack the patience to work well with a room full of small children, so I almost put the book down when I found out how it was oriented. It just doesn't say a lot to my experience or aspirations. Still, I persevered.
That led to the second and most rewarding of the surprises I found in this book. I genuinely admire anyone with talents I lack, the knack for effectiveness with children being just one. Still, reading this gave me a new a more profound respect for those thousands of women and men who, outside of family, are the most important people in our children's lives. I know that people find themselves drawn to teaching young children. I didn't understand just how deep within a person lies the source of that urge. Kozol's letters to a real but pseudonymous Francesca show that in two ways. First, the passion to teach, to be part of children's lives, is as omnipresent in their worlds as air and gravity are in mine - and as essential to their lives.Read more ›
Kozol's letters are written to a teacher named Francesca during her first year of teaching. In his letters he highlights conversations that they have had and shares his thoughts on visits to her classroom. He includes his own experiences in his responses (often drawing on material that has previously been published) and his thoughts about education reform. Kozol, whose experience ranges over 40 years, is an adept and intelligent advocate for public education reform, and I am grateful that he continues to push for policies that may never be enacted since all too often the people who make decisions regarding education do not have the slightest idea of what would best help the situation. Too many times the choices they do make and the policies they do put in place are much more damaging to young children than they are helpful.
"Letters To A Young Teacher", while a fast read filled with an intelligent and lucid cry for educational advocacy, seems to be missing something. Perhaps it is because we only see Kozol's letters and therefore really do not share in his experiences in Francesca's classroom.Read more ›
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Ddelivery and condition just as expected. This was a gift for my son. He was eagerly showing it to his aunt (a teacher) at Christmas and they both agreed that this is what he... Read morePublished 1 month ago by lascatx
Sincere wisdom to impart to young teachers. This should be required reading for those in the field of education.Published 7 months ago by Angie
Our daughter needed this for a class & absolutely loved reading this bookPublished 9 months ago by Priscilla DiNatale
The thing with me is I'm self smarted. I like, just smarting myself. Sos I go and got this book sos I can understand what trinity is going through down at the school. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ricky Grade Ten
Why do I feel that this book is too much about policy issue? I thought it was about how to help a new teacher get through the first year.Published 13 months ago by yongyan
this was a required book for school. I would never read it only on my own and I would not recommend it if you are looking for a fun book to read.Published 20 months ago by Laurel
I recommend this book to starting teachers. It's an easy read, and it reminds us of why we teach and what's at stake.Published 24 months ago by Erika D. Garvin