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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corp (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401012612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401012618
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,131,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...his long and varied service in the Yonkers system constituted more than a career; it was a crucible. -- Columinist Phil Reisman, The Journal News, December 18, 2001 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Edward A. Joseph was a teacher and administrator in the Yonkers Public School System for twenty-nine years. He was an original staff member of one of the first alternative schools in Westchester County, New York. He also served for two years as president of the New York State Alternative Education Association. His concern for the problem of teacher burnout motivated him to start teacher support groups both as a teacher and as an administrator. He is the father of two grown children and lives with his spouse, Susan, in the Park Hill section of Yonkers. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Acunis on November 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I've just had the privilege of reading "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Teacher" by Edward A. Joseph and feel that I should express my appreciation for being allowed to enter the private world of Teaching in urban America. How, one might logically ask, can this be regarded as a private, largely unknown endeavor, given all the publicity the field of Teaching receives? It is simply because the intensity of the emotional involvement is just not appreciated or understood by the general public. This memoir does an admirable job of permitting the reader to share in that intimate experience.
The book is not voluminous, employing short chapters which actually heighten the effect of the hard-hitting commentaries.
The Epilogue has a paragraph which I consider to be very important:
"In addition, the education community needs to restructure the schools so the teachers can teach and the students can learn more effectively. Increasing the amount of curriculum that students have to learn and teachers have to teach is not the answer. High expectations are important, but the setting in which education takes place must make achieving these expectations possible."
I think Joseph is suggesting a more widespread implementation and acceptance of the Alternative High School concept like Yonkers Prep. I assume also that, while such an implementation would undoubtedly be desirable as part of a restructuring, his thoughts are not limited to only that. The solutions of fundamental problems inherent in our system are so daunting, complex and elusive that they would appear to require daring and drastic measures as yet not seriously entertained by those in positions of influence and authority.
In any event those closing thoughts seem to set the stage for a follow-up book on this subject. I look forward to it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Laster on September 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book really gives the reader an opportunity to see what life is like in the world of teaching. Especially in the larger school systems. The author ,through his experience, let's the reader see how politics and the outside world of the students make it difficult at times to actually teach. The beginnings of the alternative school, Yonkers Prep, was inspirational to read. They kept it going through many ups and downs. The author's love of teaching is really brought out in this book,although he did go through many difficult times. I think this is good reading for anyone. Especially for teachers and those who would like to be teachers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Laster on November 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
The author gives great insight into the the trials and tribulations of a teacher working in a large school system. Especially interesting was the section about the beginning of Yonker's Prep, the alternative school that the author helped start. It is obvious that there were many difficult times but it is also apparent that the author loved the actual teaching. This is a great book to read for any one but especially teachers and those that may want to be teachers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erich H. Martel on November 20, 2011
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Teacher, by Edward A. Joseph, is his memoir of 29 years as a social studies teacher, alternative school teacher and student advisor, and assistant principal in the Yonkers, NY public schools.

For the past two decades, media coverage of our nation's public schools, from student test scores and graduation rates to questions of teachers' effectiveness, has grown from occasional news reports and articles to frequent front-page and evening news reports. School test scores and high school graduation and drop-out rates are a regular feature in political campaigns that candidates are expected to attack or defend.

Although teachers are often the focus of news reports and debates on education, the two-dimensional, cameo sketches of teachers provide little insight into what it means to a teacher to be a teacher. This memoir fills that gap. Since it was written before the passage of No Child Left Behind (2001), it offers readers a perspective of the challenges faced by a dedicated educator, unclouded by the policy debates of the past decade.

The book is chronologically structured around short chapters or vignettes: From the author's first day in the classroom to his final decision to retire after five years as an assistant principal. Woven into chapter titles and throughout the narrative is the theme of long distance running. A good teacher must have subject knowledge mastery and well-developed instructional skills.
In addition, like the cross country runner, teachers also need mental and physical endurance to remain true to the commitment that led them into teaching, in the first place.

After reading the first few pages, I was hooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Hackman on March 2, 2002
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I greatly enjoyed this book. It is the story of one teacher's career- both the positive and the negative.
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More About the Author

I am married with two grown children. My hobbies include jogging, reading, sports in general, and bowling in particular.

For most of my career I taught at Yonkers Prep, a public alternative high school. A copy of my memoir, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Teacher, which tells the story of my experiences as an urban educator, is available by calling 1-888-795-4274 (option 3). The book is also available at amazon.com/.

Since retiring as an educator, I have been working as a freelance writer. In addition to numerous articles in smaller publications, I have had feature articles in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, the Elks magazine, Vibrant Life, Angels on Earth, Inventors' Digest, and The Saturday Evening Post.

I can be contacted at edwardajoseph@optonline.net/.