A former Marine recounts her first years as a teacher in an inner-city high school in California, describing the tactics she used to persuade her students to take school seriously and her frustration with the public school system. Reprint. AB.
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Another funny, alarming look at a city school from a dedicated, unconventional teacher. When former Navy and Marine servicewoman Johnson (Making Waves, 1986) took over the pseudonymous ``Parkmont High'' classroom of a teacher who'd had a breakdown, she found herself surrounded by unruly, unmotivated students partial to Atom Bomb cologne and thunderbolt hair styles. At first, they tried the usual tricks, and Johnson, like others before her, nearly despaired (``I shook my head, and bit my lower lip, trying not to cry''). But she persisted, using an original mix of boot-camp tactics and genuine warmth, and, one by one, the students responded--like Danny, ``an advanced thinker caught in the body of a remedial student,'' who, inspired by Johnson's parakeet, turned from marginal to remarkable; or Curtis, who'd had a blank journal all year until The Merchant of Venice seized his imagination (``I never had anything to say before''). Along the way, Johnson learns a few lessons of her own, from simple management skills (``outshouting kids is like trying to teach a pig to sing'') to, most reluctantly, the hard facts of life (``You can't save a kid who doesn't want to be saved''). We've been up this down staircase before, especially in the late 1960's when an armful of books (by Kozol, Kohl, Herndon) first dramatized great inequities in school systems and the sad shuffle awaiting those least able to speak up for themselves. Johnson shows the importance of basic respect, constant encouragement, and unorthodox teaching strategies for a generation (another generation) of disenfranchised students. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
Johnson, a former Marine, offers a humorous account of teaching at an American high school. Johnson's "posse" consists of disenfranchised teens attending Parkmont High School in California. As the new teacher on the block, Johnson exhibits the energy and idealism to motivate her students. Although her methods are often unorthodox, the problems they address are real enough. Claiming that she succeeds where others have failed, Johnson writes of her students with humor and sympathy, but fellow teachers are stereotyped as overworked and uninspired. This book will circulate in libraries serving student teachers and in-service veteran teachers.
- Nancy E. Zuwiyya, Binghamton City Sch. Dist . ,
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Descripción St Martins Mass Market Paper, 1993. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110312951639