This Teacher Talks: What Really Goes on in America's Schools - A Memoir
Janet Hogan Chapman, Ed. D., author
This memoir gives an account of the culture and events among teachers and administrators in a suburban elementary school. The book is organized in three parts. The first is anecdotal background about educational experiences that influenced the author’s later philosophy as an educator and details the journey that led her to Freedomville Intermediate School. The second part began as an academic research exercise for the author’s doctoral dissertation. Actual journal entries for a complete school year describe tumultuous events, relating the day to day experiences among the adults in the school and how those experiences affect them as well as their ability to effectively teach the students with whom they are entrusted. This is where you learn the raw truth about what really goes on in some of America’s schools, for the culture at Freedomville Intermediate School is surely not unique.The third and final part looks at how and why such school cultures could be transformed, and why that would be a tremendous improvement in an era where so many teachers leave the profession within their first five years of employment. It proposes a model for overcoming hostile climates among the adults in schools. In doing so, it offers hope for the floundering and frustrated souls in America’s public schools.
Amazon Customer Review
I read the book straight through in one sitting. I am so glad I left public school teaching when I did!