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As bad as they say? : three decades of teaching in the Bronx

Author: Janet Grossbach Mayer
Publisher: New York : Empire State Editions : Fordham University Press, 2011.
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"Rundown, vermin-infested buildings; rigid, slow-to-react bureaucratic systems; children from broken homes and declining communities. How can a teacher succeed? How does a student not only survive but also come to thrive? It can happen, and this book tells the heroic stories of the author's students during her 33-year tenure as a Bronx high school teacher. In 1995, her students began a pen-pal exchange with South  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mayer, Janet Grossbach.
As bad as they say?.
New York : Empire State Editions, 2011
(DLC) 2010052426
Named Person: Janet Grossbach Mayer; Janet Grossbach Mayer
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Grossbach Mayer
ISBN: 9780823240814 0823240819 9780823234189 0823234185 9780823249268 0823249263
OCLC Number: 732958451
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 166 pages)
Contents: I: Bronx Roots. Introduction --
Nobody --
It Was the Worst of Times --
II: Defying Expectations. Omara--The Orphan --
Remarkable Ramika --
Marion--A Rare Gem --
A Typical American Teenager--Dominican Republic-Style --
Tenacious Tamika --
Multiple Intelligences: A Digression --
Dolores--The Dancer --
Marisa--with Charisma --
Pedro--The Piano Player --
Bridging the Gap --
III: Losing Our Way. Deception, Dismantling, and Demise of Public Education. pt. 1. Bronx roots --
pt. 2. Defying expectations --
pt. 3. Losing our way.
Responsibility: Janet Grossbach Mayer.

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"Rundown, vermin-infested buildings; rigid, slow-to-react bureaucratic systems; children from broken homes and declining communities. How can a teacher succeed? How does a student not only survive but also come to thrive? It can happen, and this book tells the heroic stories of the author's students during her 33-year tenure as a Bronx high school teacher. In 1995, her students began a pen-pal exchange with South African teenagers who, under apartheid, had been denied an education. Almost uniformly, the South Africans asked, "Is the Bronx as bad as they say?" This dedicated teacher promised those students and all future ones that she would write a book to help change the stereotypical image of Bronx students and show that, in spite of overwhelming obstacles, they are outstanding young people, capable of the highest achievements. She walks the reader through the decrepit school building, describing the deplorable physical conditions that students and faculty navigate daily. Then, in eight chapters eight amazing young people are introduced, a small sample of the more than 14,000 students the writer has felt honored to teach. She describes her own Bronx roots and the powerful influences that made her such a determined teacher. Finally, the veteran teacher sounds the alarm to stop the corruption and degradation of public education in the guise of what are euphemistically labeled reforms. She also expresses optimism that public education and our democracy can still be saved, urgently calling on all to become involved and help save our schools."--Publisher's abstract.

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Janet Mayer's book is a page-turner about real life in urban classrooms today.-Diane Ravitch Janet Mayer's As Bad As They Say is a brilliant and badly need answer to business minded 'educational Read more...

 
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