In every book, there is a little vacation'
This book certainly has its dry spots. However, what I like most about Frank McCourt is the way he tells his story, --no holds barred, with all its sadnesses-- and remains able to write it from the inside out -- his inside, that is. I love his memoirs - they teach a hundred lessons about problem-solving, getting along, never giving up -- and putting one foot in front of another when confidence is '0' and life looks bleak. ..And yet -- it's entertaining! Bravo - again Mr. McCourt.
McCourt shows how good of a storyteller he is with this great account of his teaching career. Many authors do not make good narrators, but McCourt is an exception, providing life and his Irish brouge to the story. Highly recommended for any teachers, or anyone who has ever heard stories from teachers about what they put up with in the classroom.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
What a wonderful insight into the teaching profession. It felt like I was sitting next to him in a classroom or at a bar and I was simply enthralled as he talked about nothing and everything. This is the type of book that simply must be read out loud and no one could have done it better. An A+
Many of the professional practices and personal behaviors described in this book will startle a new teacher or a non-teacher, but it was a different time and such things happened. The honesty is, all said and done, refreshingly authentic. Much of the material in this book is recycled from 'Tis, but the author only had one life to live, and he wasn't writing fiction. That it is read by the author, as were Angela's Ashes and 'Tis, earns this book a five-star rating. Mr. McCourt's voice is as smooth as a good Irish whisky. I will listen to this audiobook many times.
Not since Up the Down Staircase have I read a book that so accurately and eloquently describes the experience of teaching English. This probably means that nonEnglish teachers will not be as enthralled with the book as I am. Nonetheless it is a good listen for anyone, particularly with McCourt's reading it himself.
All the author does is, well... complain. This is one unhappy guy, with lots of regrets and hang-ups. I thought he'd give insight on how to teach, insight on life, insight on something. He's one negative guy, how did this guy become a famous teacher? Sounds like he never wanted to be a teacher in the first place, which is funny because he says to do what makes you happy.
This is a review from a teacher:
Frank McCourt won a Pulitzer Prize with his book Angela's Ashes (I have not read any of his other works and only read this because someone suggested that teachers should read it.). This book is an account of his time as an English teacher in inner-city New York. He taught there for more than 20 years and earned himself nothing. Yes, there were students who came back and said "You really influenced me.” Or “You made a big difference in my life." But what didn't happen, and what doesn't happen to nearly every single teacher you have ever had, is a secure ending. When he retired, he retired to an incredibly small teacher’s pension.
The praises of the students warms the hearts and souls of teachers but they do not warm houses. They do not put kids through college. They do not allow for dental work. They do not allow for their retirement to be secure. Nearly all students will earn more than the teacher who educated them. Most educated students will vote for an expansion of the football stadium over an increase in teacher salary despite the fact that their employer hired them because of their education.
So when I read this book, I see the same problems all teachers face. To be sure stupid students can be funny. Last year a student asked me whether or not we knew for certain the other planets were actually round (she meant spherical) or were they flat like the Bible says. In Oklahoma recently two industrial factories chose to locate in other states because the people of Oklahoma simply were not intelligent enough to work in a factory. This is not an isolated occurrence. So for me, a teacher, this book was depressing.
By the way, the highest paid a public official in the state of Oklahoma is Oklahoma's football coach who makes more than 2 million a year. Who is the highest-paid public servant in your state?