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I just got back from the Discussion / Book Signing for Mount Pleasant at the Eastridge mall.
Mount Pleasant High School is not up to the standards of the rich suburbs and has some systemic problems but nothing like the High School Steve Poizner describes.
Not only is this book an obvious exploitive attempt to promote Steve Poizner's political ambitions, the book is poorly written and full of cliches.
I didn't read his book, not going to support him with my money. But I want to tell the side of Mt. Pleasant that Poizner doesn't bother to understand. I was a sophomore at Mt. Read morePublished 14 months ago by ruby
I recently purchased this book and read it in a few nights. I might be late in my review, but here it is. Poizner really isnt too far off on his account of the school. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by glassjaw24
Steve Poizner's "Mount Pleasant" is a thoughtful first-person narrative of his experience as a "volunteer teacher" of American Government at Mount Pleasant High School in San Jose,... Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by James Denny
This book causes me so much transferred embarrassment that it's difficult to read. It is embarrassing that anyone, let alone a paid public-servant, could write such a transparently... Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by A. O. Felis
I encourage you all to listen to the Urban Myth episode of This American Life where this book is exposed as a great exaggeration. Exploitative and self serving. Read morePublished on April 20, 2011 by J. McGonigle
It was an interesting book to read as a teacher. I think he did a great job teaching, however fulltime classroom teachers would have a lot of difficulty teaching the way he... Read morePublished on December 24, 2010 by Winnie Langelaar
I've just finished reading Mount Pleasant and found it disturbing on a number of levels. The book is a quick, easy read, though it suffers from a lack of focus. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Richard Gary
This book was not for me, and I did not read it. It was a gift for my daughter, who read it and said it was an exceptionally good book and gave her some new insight into Steve... Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by Niki Swanson
In reading through the process of a rookie teacher trying to connect with teenagers whose thoughts are on anything but world politics, I had incredible trouble envisioning me... Read morePublished on June 10, 2010 by Mark J. Maigatter