May 7, 2011

not even done yet.

It's true. I'm not even through the second chapter of the book and I know I'm reading a good book. I can't honestly say that about many books out there. Off the top of my head, there's probably only three or four books that I got a "gut feeling" as Gibbs (NCIS reference) would say. And well, Rafe Esquith's Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire is pretty amazing. Just saying. Here's my evidence:

"I am sad when I see so many good teachers and parents surrender to forces that sap their potential excellence. The demons are everywhere. Those who care deeply often feel outgunned by apathetic or incompetent administrators or politicians. Expectations for children are ridiculously low. Racism, poverty, and ignorance often reign supreme on campus. Add to this mix ungrateful students, and even mean-spirited people in the teaching profession itself, and the hardiest of souls can be crushed. Each defeat usually means that a child's true potential will not be developed" (page x).

Now, the whole book isn't depressing and truthful, but I agree 100% with this guy. It's those things that make me feel like teaching isn't worth it. But once I begin to think that way I realize that these are the exact reason why teaching is a worthwhile profession.

I can't wait to read more. 

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