Based on a beloved teacher’s most popular lesson, The Priority List is a bold, inspirational story of learning, love, and legacy that challenges us to ask: What truly matters in life?
David Menasche lived for his work as a high school English teacher. His passion inspired his students, and between lessons on Shakespeare and sentence structure, he forged a unique bond with his kids, buoying them through personal struggles while sharing valuable life lessons.
When a six-year battle with brain cancer ultimately stole David’s vision, memory, mobility, and - most tragically of all - his ability to continue teaching, he was devastated by the thought that he would no longer have the chance to impact his students’ lives each day.
But teaching is something Menasche just couldn’t quit. Undaunted by the difficult road ahead of him, he decided to end his treatments and make life his classroom. Cancer had robbed him of his past and would most certainly take his future; he wouldn’t allow it to steal his present. He turned to Facebook with an audacious plan: a journey across America - by bus, by train, by red-tipped cane - in hopes of seeing firsthand how his kids were faring in life. Had he made a difference? Within forty-eight hours of posting, former students in more than fifty cities replied with offers of support and shelter.
Traveling more than eight thousand miles from Miami to New York, to America’s heartland and San Francisco’s Golden Gate, and visiting hundreds of his students, David’s fearless journey explores the things we all want and need out of life - family, security, independence, love, adventure - and forces us to stop to consider our own Priority List.
©2013 David Menasche (P)2013 Audible Inc.
I would recommend this audio book. It is a quick listen and an inspirational story. However, the author read the story and that was really painful to listen to. They needed to cast an actor.
Seeing how the teacher overcame his obstacles.
Yes - it is a wonderful story.
Yes and No. Why don't I feel inspired? The answer is, I don't know. As an educator myself, I was inspired in the beginning of the story and hearing a passion for students. Unfortunately, the rest of the story became a validation of his success. Do true educators need this? I am not sure... I felt that he needed the ego boost to keep him going. As a terminal cancer patient, is that wrong - No, I don't think so. Thus, I am torn as to how to rate or receive the story. It could simply be that I had just listened to the Last Lecture. I was deeply inspired by the story and I feel that this BOOK (not the story) was lacking. He is a very courageous individual who gave his life to education. I am just not a fan of the approach.
It was very difficult - the flow was very harsh. However, the compassionate side of me understands why. His vision has deteriorated and there is some credence to delivering your story first hand. At the same time - I did not feel his passion - it seemed very contrived (like reading from cue cards, which might have been, given his condition.)
I feel heartless in such a review. Maybe if there was more focus on his time with students before we get into his travels, I would have been more inspired.
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