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Laying Down the Law: Joe Clark's Strategy for Saving Our Schools Hardcover – July, 1989
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The first half of the book is interesting, but the second half is a snooze-fest and very preachy. No disrespect to Joe Clark and his vision, I just don't think so.
See, I worked for three years as a secondary mathematics teacher including one in a Title 1 school serving African American students from Camden. Hence, I know what I am talking about.
Joe's problem is that he wants more and more out of the teachers, but they work at least 60 to 80 hours a week. In other words, they are overworked and very tired. They have no work-life balance. In order to be an outstanding teacher, he has to sacrifice his health and family. They work so hard to save other parents' kids while their own kids suffer because they are too busy with their jobs. When the teachers come home from work, they are invariably exhausted to do anything else. That's why they turn to drinking to numb the pain. A lot of them including me just don't think it's fair. Eventually, they quit or take early retirement.
Up to 50% of the new teachers leave the profession within the first five years. They are simply burned out for various reasons including paperwork, lack of administrative support, undisciplined students, lack of respect, weak enforcement or follow-through of disciplinary policies, and repetition in routine leading to boredom. They start to realize that the job is not worth the stress and search for an out: a job with less stress, better pay, and more respect.
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Supplements the movie .....we need more Joe Clarks in our public schools and stop the nonsense.Published 14 months ago by Gary J. Rose
Great book showing you how an egotistical man could turn it around. A page turner.Published 19 months ago by bear 320
It was exactly what I needed. The book was in good condition; looking almost brand new. I actually expected something worse for the price.Published on May 8, 2014 by Jon