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LouAnne Johnson

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LouAnne Johnson is a former U.S. Navy journalist, Marine Corps officer, high school teacher, and the author of The New York Times bestseller Dangerous Minds (originally My Posse Don't Do Homework). In 1989, LouAnne began teaching reading and writing to non-English speakers as an intern at a high school in California. Since then LouAnne has taught English, adult basic education, developmental reading and writing at high schools and colleges. She also designs and presents workshops in classroom management and motivation. LouAnne has presented keynote and commencement addresses to numerous organizations, including the National School Boards Association, the National Council on Curriculum Development, National University and the European Counci ...more

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LouAnne Johnson Read, read, read. Read everything. You can learn as much from bad writing as you can from good. After a while, you won't be able to read bad writing. …moreRead, read, read. Read everything. You can learn as much from bad writing as you can from good. After a while, you won't be able to read bad writing. Your requirements will change. An editor gave me some good advice once that I will pass on: You can look at writing as a business or as an art. If you look at it as a business, you write what sells and you sell it. If you look at writing as an art, you write what is in your heart. Maybe it sells. Maybe it doesn't. But selling isn't the point. It's the writing itself. Now you know why I'm not rich. Ha.(less)
LouAnne Johnson Actually, I prefer to read about ideas or individual characters rather than couples because I grow so weary of happily ever after or the opposite. For…moreActually, I prefer to read about ideas or individual characters rather than couples because I grow so weary of happily ever after or the opposite. For example, some books I have enjoyed recently are Nothing to Be Frightened of by Julian Barnes and Fraud by Anita Brookner.(less)
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Dangerous Minds

3.92 avg rating — 1,030 ratings — published 1992 — 15 editions
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Muchacho

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The Girls in the Back of th...

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Two Parts Textbook, One Par...

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“Knowledge counts but common sense matters.”
LouAnne Johnson, Dangerous Minds

“I know you kids are angry, because the world isn't fair. Well, get over it, because it's never going to be fair. The white boys have all the money and all the power and that's the way it is. And they aren't going to give it up - to you or to me. And you can't blame them for it because if you had it, you wouldn't give it to them, either. But fighting each other isn't going to fix anything. All it's going to do is let everybody go on insisting that black and Hispanic kids are ignorant and violent. That's perfect. It's easy. If you're ignorant and violent, people who don't like you can kick you out of school or put you in jail. And it's you own fault.”
LouAnne Johnson, Dangerous Minds

“There are two kinds of books in the world--the boring kind they make you read in school and the interesting kind that they won't let you read in school because then they would have to talk about real stuff like sex and divorce and is there a God and if there isn't then what happens when you die, and how come the history books have so many lies in them.”
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