- Paperback: 205 pages
- Publisher: Algonquin Books (June 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565122798
- ISBN-13: 978-1565122796
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 246 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year
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One almost wonders why she chose to take the job, to teach or to write a book? The very next year, having trained for such work, she becomes a school librarian. As an American one could feel cheated, in a sense. Why is it that some of the most talented and competent teachers leave the field after such a short time? In Esmé’s case it may be that she’s just too good, not too good for her students but too good for the system. Why would anyone want to work in a place where there are so many negative people including one’s boss? How lovely it would be to work for a district that honors its teachers and pays them well. In a capitalist culture where corporations value their employees by way of the purse, why does that never translate to better salaries for educators, especially the gifted ones who are working harder than anyone else and yet get paid the same as someone next door who’s only half as good and only expends a fraction of the energy of someone like Codell? It is a question worthy of extended thought and research.
With all the talk about what goes on in our schools, it's real look into what it is like being "on the front lines" with the children in america.
If you have children entering school, this is an insight into what our teachers are going through (in some places). They are underfunded, overworked, and are expected to be everything to these children. As a parent, it helped me understand better all the challenges that my children's teachers deal with. I've found myself to be much more sympathetic now, and willing to offer more help.
The author is the kind of teacher that many of us had: one that cared enough to give more than just a routine class experience. Sadly, with all the constraints and demands put on them, I fear that we are going to push these people out of the profession if we don't help them soon.
That's not to say this book is all gloom and misery. In fact, the author documents very well the joys of teaching and emotions of trying to care for children that don't have the best homelife for education.
Please read this if you are a teacher, going into teaching, or have children in our public school education system.