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About the Author

Jo Scott-Coe's writing on intersections of education, gender, and violence has appeared in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Swink, Memoir (and), Babel Fruit, Ruminate, and Green Mountains Review.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aunt Lute Books (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879960842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879960848
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,402,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jo Scott Coe's Teaching at Point Blank is an amazing book on the lies, truths, and half-truths of what it means to be a teacher. The narrative is woven together skillfully, providing a delightful, always surprising, and often teeth-clenching ride through the halls of a suburban school from a young teacher's view. It breaks my heart and gives me hope that we will actually dialogue about the incredible pressure and unreasonable demands we place on teachers. This book is an provocative starting point to actually reconsider our education system.

Every page has memorable lines that you want to share with others. I highly recommend this book. Engaging and tackles, without fear, issues that are obvious, that are frequently neglected or dismissed, that are socially important.
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What struck me most about this work was not its revelations, albeit enlightening, about the teaching profession, but rather the poignancy with which it delves into the life of one woman--a poet, writer, teacher, with all the wisdom, confusion, sexuality, awkardness and honesty we all experience as real people in this world--and the tragic, humorous and touching reality of those individuals we call "kids." Sometimes reminiscent of stream of consciousness, sometimes in your face, and sometimes just a quiet struggle for understanding--"Teacher at Point Blank" should be hailed as not only the best real-life exposition on being a teacher in America, but as a literary work, it speaks to us--in subtle undertones--as a moving testament to our shared humanity.
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Jo Scott-Coe gives the reader a direct look at public high school teaching with the benefit of an insider's experiences, rewarding and chilling, personal and yet true. The author describes the pressures of standardized testing, violence-prone students, overbearing parents, demanding autocratic administrators and a media-informed social construct of idealized teachers who sacrifice themselves for their students, with sometimes serious consequences. As teaching has undoubtedly left a mark on Ms. Scott-Coe, this book will make a permanent impression on the reader.
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I recently completed reading "Teacher at Point Blank" and appreciate the articulation of the dilemma of teaching in K-12 public education. As a 25 year veteran educator, it felt so good to feel that there is someone else out there who understands the difficulty facing teachers.

I especially liked the excerpt on page 178:

"Kids absorb adult indifference...Perhaps they also intuit that teachers' voices don't carry serious weight in the wider, real-world community."

Thank you Ms. Scott-Joe for giving voice to that nagging feeling that the power structure is askew.

I will hand the book off to my fellow teachers and hope that they too will not feel so alone.
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"Teacher at Point Blank" is a fantastic work for anyone wanting to know what it is like behind the doors of a career in education. During a time when the public school system is struggling to maintain stability, the book addresses some of the most basic problems with the system and why it has gotten to its current point. A lack of support for teachers both from the parents and school system itself are primary culprits, alienating a teaching body that serves the benefit of the nation's youth. Whether it is the American sense of entitlement and exceptionalism, or the glorification of hyper-violence, "Teacher at Point Blank" brings these questions to life beautifully.
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