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There Are No Shortcuts by Rafe Esquith
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Jul 23, 13

really liked it
bookshelves: teaching-related

There's certainly no question that Rafe Esquith is beyond extraordinary. The plethora of projects and excursions he arranges for his impoverished students is commendable. As a teacher, I found myself both inspired and chagrined by his devotion in the classroom. Yet at the same time I found his sweeping generalizations and judgment bordering on condescending. Esquith suffers from no lack of self-esteem and is quick to point out his achievements. Granted, there's nothing wrong with that, but in his rush to pat himself on the back I detected a distaste for anyone who does not share his opinions. To his credit, Esquith never fails to champion his students. Each individual child he describes receives glowing reviews,they are frequently praised for their talents. I would not hesitate to enroll my own (non-existent) child in his class.
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