- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Metropolitan Books; First Edition edition (August 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805096434
- ISBN-13: 978-0805096439
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher Hardcover – August 5, 2014
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“Keizer writes eloquently and perceptively . . . a wonderful book . . . More than just thoughtful, reasonable, carefully observed, elegantly written and deeply humane--and it is all of these--it is also that rare thing, a work of genuine wisdom.” ―Chicago Tribune
“A graceful essayist . . . Keizer deflates the absurd assumption of the accountability movement, which is that any student--like any teacher--can succeed, if the correct incentives are in place . . . a fine book.” ―New York Review of Books
“A wise and brilliantly observed testimony to the peaks and valleys of this underappreciated profession . . . an insider's view infused with equal parts affection and cynicism; it is so readable, so spot-on, that everyone who's been to school, teaches or has taught school should read it.” ―Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“So much of what Keizer experienced in rural Vermont resonated with my own urban experiences. Every teacher will immediately recognize and enjoy his story. And all who wonder what reforms are needed should start by reading this book.” ―Deborah Meier, author of The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust
“Keizer's method is anecdotal and narrative, but this gives it a subtlety and texture that data often lack. . . . With humor and justified outrage, he reveals a powerful truth that often slips unnoticed through the increasingly tight nets of school reformers obsessed with technology and data collection. Sometimes old-fashioned conversation with a thoughtful and caring teacher--hard to quantify, impossible to automate--is the only thing that motivates students and teachers to keep going.” ―The Daily Beast
“[Keizer] is one curmudgeon who can't be easily written off. . . . Getting Schooled is one of those books in which you find yourself underlining something on nearly every page . . . and prickles with many sharp-toothed observations.” ―Salon
“Beautiful.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Keizer is a first-rate stylist and a keen observer . . . he offers insights galore about the changing state of K-12 schooling.” ―Seattle Times
“Keizer's writing is finely observed, with no detail too trivial for subjection to his eloquent analysis . . . by intimately immersing readers in his daily defeats and victories, no matter how slight, he produces a critique of our educational system as worthwhile and persuasive as any broad treatise” ―Christian Science Monitor
“Written in wonderful, accessible, incisive prose, where nothing goes uninterrogated. Keizer's best trait as a writer and a teacher is to question everything.” ―Inside Higher Ed
“As thoughtful, honest, eloquent, humane, entertaining and useful an account of the complexities of teaching as anything I have seen in years. Though Garret Keizer has wowed us in the past, this is, for my money, his best book. It deserves to become a classic in the literature of American education.” ―Phillip Lopate, author of Being With Children
“One of the most vital, beautiful, and human documents I have come across in years, from the finest essayist writing today--a book about the true depths of ordinary days and all that is at stake within our schools. But also about work and youth and advancing age, about resistance and pride and defeat and wit and good intentions. In short, everything, brilliantly knitted into the diary of a schoolteacher in a small northern town.” ―Jeff Sharlet, author of Sweet Heaven When I Die
“While many books about education hover in the safe realm of ideals and abstractions, Keizer details his war stories with fierce candor -- and thus does an invaluable service to anyone who wants to know what American public school teaching is like today.” ―Seven Days
“At once a sympathetic portrait of a school, a searing indictment of a culture that uses working-class children as cannon fodder, and, unexpectedly, a page-turner . . . Jonathan Kozol fans will have a new favorite.” ―Publishers Weekly, (starred review)
“Keizer is a sometimes-sardonic, sometimes-maudlin, always entertaining guide to contemporary high school atmospherics . . . A well-written, yearlong chronicle packed with humor, pathos and valued insights on nearly every page.” ―Kirkus Reviews, (starred review)
“Magnificent . . . The book's chief appeal is an overarching surfeit of wisdom and keen perspective . . . Required reading for anyone even remotely involved in education and those who love them.” ―Library Journal, (starred review)
“Keizer's brilliant writing and insights on much-needed educational reforms should attract the attention of parents, teachers, and school administrators and boards across the country.” ―Booklist
About the Author
Garret Keizer is the author of Privacy and The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want. A contributing editor at Harper's magazine and a former Guggenheim Fellow, he has written for Lapham's Quarterly, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other publications. He lives in Vermont.
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I taught "Critical Thinking" at my local university for a number of years (1999-2004). I'd sometimes look out over my classes and think "man, 2/3rds of you people need to re-take high school." This book repeatedly rang out loud to me.
What a beautiful book. I've just returned from my high school 50th reunion (first one I ever attended). Garret's recounting of Commencement at the end of his book was for me particularly poignant. I've cited it to my former classmates via our email blast as a must-read, just for the fun of it (as well as the sadness in it I know they'll all recognize).
I feel like I've just sipped a good bit of some fine 25 year old single malt literary Scotch. Went down smooth and utterly satisfying. Write me another bottle, Garret.
I can't say enough about this book, so much so that I'm having trouble saying much at all right now. I finished it five minutes ago, and my first thought was hoping every English teacher in the country reads this book.
If you know an English teacher, buy it for them.