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What They Don't Teach You: Hundreds of teachers reveal what it's like working in public elementary schools today

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America’s public school system is under attack and teachers have been battered fighting to protect it…and themselves. Years of unrealistic education reforms, a faltering national curriculum roll-out, reduction in benefits, pay linked to test scores, and a loss of professionalism are all part of the new reality teachers face. Teaching has never been easy and it’s only ...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published March 3rd 2014 (first published January 1st 2014)
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Noreen Kellner
Nov 10, 2014 Noreen Kellner rated it did not like it
Way too much Whining and/or Ranting.

Very hard to read a book that is so filled with personal anger and self pity. Then of course we have the political slant added into the mix. Quite frankly I got the impression that the author doesn't even like children. I also felt the swearing was unnecessary.

Many occupations require you to be circumspect when in the public eye. Many occupations require you to be on your feet for 6 or more hours a day. I also noticed when mention is made of salaries they did
Apr 10, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
This book was filled with useful and necessary information, but the poor girl desperately needed an editor. Several misspellings and sentences with missing words, but the worst was "Marlow's Hierarchy of Needs." Not a good look for a book aimed at teachers.
Jan 01, 2016 Jen rated it did not like it
I feel badly giving this book only one star, because the work and research that the author put into it is evident. What it really needs is a good editor, not just to correct the myriad of spelling and grammatical errors, but to guide a major revision and restructuring. It reads like a stitched-together blog in some parts and an overly long rant in others. With some help, I think this could be rewritten to be more concise and mature. The author will need to make it less about her, and more about ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Serena rated it liked it
I learned a lot reading this book. I would recommend it to anyone considering teaching as a career. It is a broad overview of education as it happens today. It is a big business and many are unaware of who is actually in control of the process. The true beneficiaries of the current system do not appear to be the children, but the businesses initiating and then supplying each new popular trend in education.
Nov 28, 2014 Pm rated it did not like it
I'm still working on reading this book but not sure I will get through it. It certainly is a depressing view of teaching in our schools today. Presented from a teachers perspective it so far seems filed with complaints about the challenges of being a teacher. I hope there are some suggestions later on based on this front line experience. Otherwise this will simply be a poor me view of the teaching profession.
Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Jul 31, 2016 Joyce Reynolds-Ward rated it liked it
It took me a long time to finish this book, just because so much of the subject was so dear and close and familiar. I experienced much of what Osborne writes about here, and even after a few years away it still aches.
Kristin Cook
May 31, 2015 Kristin Cook rated it it was ok
This was okay. A bit hard to follow on the Kindle (and I tried it on three different ones), but some interesting nuggets of information and cute anecdotes.
Margie Adkins
Dec 07, 2014 Margie Adkins rated it liked it
Accurate information about the currant state of education reform, but poorly written and sometimes difficult to follow.
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