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The accidental teacher

Author: Eric Mandel
Publisher: Denver, CO : Outskirts Press, Inc., ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English
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"The Accidental Teacher is a funny factual account of the author's experience teaching English in a California public high school with absolutely no qualifications, training or previous experience. The story follows Mr. Mandel as he muddles through his first year, mangling metaphors and alienating administrators. Mr. Mandel's style is reminiscent of Frank McCourt's Teacher Man and Ken Kesey's Cukoo's Nest with a  Read more...
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Mandel
ISBN: 9781432744861 1432744860
OCLC Number: 686750920
Notes: Book homepage: http://www.theaccidentalteacher.net/
Description: 317 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: A Fork Not Taken --
Up in the Morning and Out to School --
The Whiteboard Jungle --
The Pretender --
Pissing in the Wind --
The Best Laid Plans --
Born to Ruin --
Evaluation Row --
In Dubious Battle --
Beer and Loathing in Steinbeck Country --
Running on Empty --
Muttering Small Talk at the Wall --
The Grand Allusion.
Responsibility: Eric Mandel.

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"The Accidental Teacher is a funny factual account of the author's experience teaching English in a California public high school with absolutely no qualifications, training or previous experience. The story follows Mr. Mandel as he muddles through his first year, mangling metaphors and alienating administrators. Mr. Mandel's style is reminiscent of Frank McCourt's Teacher Man and Ken Kesey's Cukoo's Nest with a dash of David Sedaris and a shot of Hunter Thompson. A humorous and provocative everyman narrative, The Accidental Teacher will entertain and interest anyone who has taught, wants to teach, cares about public education or has dreams of changing careers late in life. This irreverent narrative has suspense, conflict and a powerful but hapless antagonist. The book contains poignant descriptions of Mr. Mandel's efforts to teach his students while simultaneously attempting to appease his own Nurse Ratchet. He relies on his ironic sense of humor as he struggles to counter administrative absurdities, to compensate for his own deficiencies, and most importantly, to engage a very difficult group of teenagers. With his unique perspective as a newcomer, Mr. Mandel observes and comments on some of the troubling issues facing public education. His frequent digressions and pointed commentaries on the students' lives and on his own personal journey in the world of education abound with literary allusions, from the subtle to the absurd." -- book jacket.

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A Bittersweet Masterpiece

by Mr.Write (WorldCat user published 2011-03-22) Excellent Permalink

Mr. Mandel has penned a highly humorous, deeply entertaining account that captures the blight of the American public school system using Augusten Burroughs-esque wit. A must-read for the heartfelt story alone, but...
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Accidental Teacher challenges education-as-usual

by bonlee22@cox.net (WorldCat user published 2011-03-20) Excellent Permalink

I have many teacher friends, and for some reason, they have either opted for early retirement or are counting the days until they can. Seems the joy has been sucked right out of being an educator. If you’re wondering why, pick up a copy of The Accidental Teacher. Eric Mandel’s...
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