Friday, May 27, 2011

"The Emergency Teacher" by Christina Asquith


I was disappointed in The Emergency Teacher--the Inspirational Story of a New Teacher in an Inner City School by Christina Asquith.  It’s about a journalist who decides to be an emergency teacher for a year in an inner city school in Philadelphia that has a reputation as a bad school.  The school district was so desperate that it accepted practically anybody—no teaching degree necessary.  Even then, the special Ed class never did get a steady teacher.  This book tells the tragic story about the inequities in education in America.  The author wrote about her own experience in teaching a 6th grade class in a bilingual school.  She soon found out teaching was not as easy as she thought it would be. 

This is not the typical inspirational story about how a teacher goes into a tough class and turns it around, making a difference in their lives.  This one sadly is probably more realistic.  Yes, the teacher tries to teach; yes, she becomes attached to her students and cares about them; and yes, her students come around and like her for the most part.  However, few if any graduate.  It shows more failures than successes.  It started off very slow and I almost gave up on this one but then about halfway through it finally got better.  
(Karen's review)

Here's my teaser.

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? You can help our charity of the month just by leaving a comment on any of our blogs! We will donate 50 cents per comment at the end of the month. The charity for this month is at the top of our blog.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for commenting and happy reading!

Related Posts with Thumbnails