According to Ilana Garon, popular books and movies are inundated with the myth of the ahero teacheraathe one who charges headfirst into dysfunctional inner city schools like a firefighter into an inferno, bringing the student victims to safety through a combination of charisma and innate righteousness. The students are then asaveda by the teacheras idealism, empathy, and willingness to put faith in kids who have been given up on by society as a whole. aWhy Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?a is not that type of book. In this book, Garon reveals the sometimes humorous, oftentimes frustrating, and occasionally horrifying truths that accompany the experience of teaching at a public high school in the Bronx today. The overcrowded classrooms, lack of textbooks, and abundance of mice, cockroaches, and drugs werenat the only challenges Garon faced during her first four years as a teacher. Every day, shead interact with students such as Kayron, Carlos, Felicia, Jonah, Elizabeth, and Tonyaastudents dealing with real-life addictions, miscarriages, stints in ajuvie, a abusive relationships, turf wars, and gang violence. These students also brought with them big dreams and uncommon insightaand challenged everything Garon thought she knew about education. In response, Garonaa naive, suburban girl with a curly ponytail, freckles, and Harry Potter glassesaopened her eyes, rolled up her sleeves, and learned to distinguish between mitigated failure and qualified success. In this book, Garon explains how she learned that being a new teacher was about trial by fire, making mistakes, learning from the very students she was teaching, and occasionally admitting that she may not have answers to their thought-provoking (and amusing) questions.... while youa#39;re administering these tests, because youa#39;re supposed to watch the kids the entiretime sothat they wona#39;t cheat. ... I maintained that despite thelength Ididna#39;t think itwas averygood essay, and thatthere wereother studentswhose essays I felt had ... He read from the essay, aa#39;Pollution is a factor in cumulus clouds.
|Title||:||Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?|
|Publisher||:||Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. - 2013-12-13|