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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aunt Lute Books (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879960842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879960848
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

For nearly twenty years, Jo Scott-Coe has worked as a writer, teacher, and scholar at institutions throughout Southern California. Her writing on intersections of education, gender, and violence has appeared in many publications, including The Los Angeles Times, Swink, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ninth Letter, Memoir(and), So to Speak, Babel Fruit, Ruminate, Green Mountains Review, and Hotel Amerika. Her interview with essayist Richard Rodriguez appeared in Narrative Magazine, and she has an interview with novelist Margaret Atwood forthcoming in the same venue. Her journalistic analysis of Adams v. Los Angeles Unified School District, a startling 8-year legal case of student-on-teacher sexual harassment, currently appears as a chapter in (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women’s Experience (Cambridge Scholars Press). In 2009, her work received a Pushcart Special Mention in nonfiction as well as a Notable listing in Best American Essays.

After giving up her 11-year tenure teaching high school English, Scott-Coe earned an MFA at the University of California Riverside (UCR), where she studied as a graduate Fellow and was recognized as Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year in 2005. Afterwards, she lectured in creative writing, composition, women’s literature, and speech at UCR, Riverside Community College, and The University of Phoenix. She also holds a Master’s degree in English Rhetoric and Composition.

Scott-Coe now works as a new Assistant Professor of English and creative writing at Riverside Community College in Southern California. She is a member of California Poets in the Schools, PEN U.S.A., The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), and Phi Beta Kappa. She lives with her husband in the Inland Empire of Southern California, where she also sits on the advisory board for the Inlandia Institute, a new organization dedicated to promoting regional literary arts.

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Since everyone knows we need to fix the education system, I highly suggest to start by reading this book.
Janiz
It breaks my heart and gives me hope that we will actually dialogue about the incredible pressure and unreasonable demands we place on teachers.
Wes
"I read it," my friend says, which is no surprise because Scott's voice and calm, educated prose reminds me a lot of hers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wes on November 7, 2010
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Jo Scott Coe's Teaching at Point Blank is an amazing book on the lies, truths, and half-truths of what it means to be a teacher. The narrative is woven together skillfully, providing a delightful, always surprising, and often teeth-clenching ride through the halls of a suburban school from a young teacher's view. It breaks my heart and gives me hope that we will actually dialogue about the incredible pressure and unreasonable demands we place on teachers. This book is an provocative starting point to actually reconsider our education system.

Every page has memorable lines that you want to share with others. I highly recommend this book. Engaging and tackles, without fear, issues that are obvious, that are frequently neglected or dismissed, that are socially important.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter W. Kalnin on October 5, 2010
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Jo Scott-Coe gives the reader a direct look at public high school teaching with the benefit of an insider's experiences, rewarding and chilling, personal and yet true. The author describes the pressures of standardized testing, violence-prone students, overbearing parents, demanding autocratic administrators and a media-informed social construct of idealized teachers who sacrifice themselves for their students, with sometimes serious consequences. As teaching has undoubtedly left a mark on Ms. Scott-Coe, this book will make a permanent impression on the reader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ChrisB on April 20, 2011
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What struck me most about this work was not its revelations, albeit enlightening, about the teaching profession, but rather the poignancy with which it delves into the life of one woman--a poet, writer, teacher, with all the wisdom, confusion, sexuality, awkardness and honesty we all experience as real people in this world--and the tragic, humorous and touching reality of those individuals we call "kids." Sometimes reminiscent of stream of consciousness, sometimes in your face, and sometimes just a quiet struggle for understanding--"Teacher at Point Blank" should be hailed as not only the best real-life exposition on being a teacher in America, but as a literary work, it speaks to us--in subtle undertones--as a moving testament to our shared humanity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janiz on January 5, 2011
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Scott-Coe tells it like it is. She writes an insider's view of the realities of teaching in today's classroom. Excellently written and accessibly told, I couldn't put it down.
Since everyone knows we need to fix the education system, I highly suggest to start by reading this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan A. Flike on June 10, 2011
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"Teacher at Point Blank" is a fantastic work for anyone wanting to know what it is like behind the doors of a career in education. During a time when the public school system is struggling to maintain stability, the book addresses some of the most basic problems with the system and why it has gotten to its current point. A lack of support for teachers both from the parents and school system itself are primary culprits, alienating a teaching body that serves the benefit of the nation's youth. Whether it is the American sense of entitlement and exceptionalism, or the glorification of hyper-violence, "Teacher at Point Blank" brings these questions to life beautifully.
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