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2.0 out of 5 stars A little disheartening..., July 7, 2011
This review is from: Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 (Paperback)
After reading the first two chapters, I was inspired! Esquith's motto of "We can do better" resonated within me. Yes, I thought, we CAN do better.

I bought this book hoping for inspiration that could help me reach my at-risk learners. However, most teachers will never be able to teach the way that the author does. There are many things about Esquith's practice that are unattainable for me and my colleagues. I cannot realistically ever expect to be able to purchase my own science kits, to pay for guitar lessons for my students, or to spend from 6:45 am to 7 pm at school every day (and go back on Saturdays!) and still be an enthusiastic, balanced, dedicated educator.

Instead of inspired, I felt disheartened. I recommend purchasing an alternate book that focuses on modifying classroom practices, such as Igniting a Passion for Reading, instead of this book.
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Initial post: Sep 25, 2011 5:39:43 AM PDT
We need to write books and start a movement that will really improve the schools---requiring students to actually STUDY--as they will have to in college, or even in the professions, and require parents to ENFORCE study and reading hours at home. Those will result in immediate increases in achievement---and permanent habits that will enable them to learn wherever they are.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2013 6:41:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 5, 2013 6:44:21 AM PDT
W. Harrison says:
Using a public (government monopoly) school model, this is necessary. One of the myriad reasons I am not a proponent of public schools. It is not the fault of the teacher. When a child spends an hour getting ready for school, 30 ish minutes getting to school, 7 hours studying words and numbers on paper (learning disconnected with real life experience) with the obligatory being shuffled around from one room to another (learn this for 40 minutes until a bell rings, stop learning that, get up from one concrete block room, walk to another in single file, learn something else until a bell rings, ad nauseum) then back home and they are expected to continue this??? There is life outside of school. Parents need to pay bills, clean house, cook supper and enjoy their kids. Sorry, but if learning isn't happening with the 7-8 hours in school then something is wrong. Again, teachers are not to be faulted for this. But seriously, children are not allowed to follow their God given curiosity and learn what interests them. No wonder children are turned off to learning.
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