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Dear Parents: Letters from the Teacher—your children, their education, and how you can help

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In this funny, heartfelt and passionate call to arms, Gabbie Stroud makes a plea to all parents to understand their roles as their children's lifelong teachers and show how they can best help their kids' teachers and schools achieve the best results for the next generation of leaders.

So many parents are buying the government line about standardised testing of students and
Paperback, 351 pages
Published February 2020 by Allen & Unwin
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Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything I hoped it would be! Smart, insightful, hilarious - I devoured all of it. Teachers, non-teachers, parents and non-parents - everyone needs to read this book. There's a gem of advice on every page. I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud, fist-punched the air in agreement, cheered Ms Stroud on. Her thoughts, concerns, and ideas about education and teaching closely mirror my own - literally every word she wrote I was in agreement with. It also made me nostalgic ...more
Millie May
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
So so good!! While being fictitious still an amazing insight to teaching!! Very relatable as a pass student and current preservice teacher!!
Beth Herbert
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, this book just didn't do it for me. As an experienced teacher myself, I agree wholeheartedly with a lot of the sentiments expressed (ie: invidious nature of NAPLAN), but found the criticisms often read like lectures and weren't balanced enough with 'Magic Moments' which, in small ways, happen every day. For me, teaching is just not that wretched.
Sonja Bates
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ella Bates
Well..fuck me sideways. I simply loved this! I listened to it as an audio and the voice actress did a great job of bringing Gabbie's voice to life. I wonder if the written version would be as effective? Gabbie Stroud, you have done a great job. You are an important voice in the advocacy of Australian teachers and I salute you. My partner is a firefighter and when he walks down the street, he is waved to, cheered and thanked. All the time. For what? Being of service, putting himself on the front ...more
Insightful and humorous. I liked the format with Stroud writing an honest email to her students' parents each week of the school term. Sometimes I felt like her critiques of the system didn't quite work in the email format, but overall it was a good balance of criticism, information and entertainment. I didn't like it as much as Teacher, but I'd definitely recommend to both parents and teachers in Australia.

Thanks to Allen & Unwin for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The final page includes, "No one can really tell you what it's like to be a parent until you become a parent. In the same way, no one can really tell you what it's like to be a teacher until you become one."

Parents will gain some insights fron reading the book but only teachers will understand how well Stroud has captured education as it is today in urban NSW.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well worth the read for every teacher and parent.
Michele Powell
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Every parent should be issued it when their child starts school & made to reread each year after 😂😂 Fabulous read
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was looking forward to reading Gabbies new book. I previously listened to an interview on Mia Freedmans podcast No Filter where she interviewed Gabbie after the release of her first book Teacher. I found so many of Gabbies experiences and stories relatable as my mum is a Primary School teacher and has shared very similar stories with me. However, I can see how much of this would be surprising for others.
Gabbie is extremely talented at making a point whilst also keeping the text light hearted.
Shreedevi Gurumurty
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where has this book been all my life, I've been longing to read about how teachers actually feel about their work these days and this book really gets to the point and pulls no punches. Thank you so much Gabbie Stroud for writing it. I share all of your opinions regarding the poor quality of education in Australia due to the introduction of standardised testing methods like NAPLAN, too much accreditation bureaucracy that teachers have to be complete so that they can still stay in their jobs and ...more
This book sits between fiction and non-fiction. The preface states that the letters are made up, but they are realistic to the point where it could feasibly be classified as creative nonfiction.

This is a quick and easy read. This is what every teacher wishes they could say to parents, describing the realities and challenges and purpose and passion and "magic moments" of teaching. It emphasises the role and responsibilities of parents (like putting their child to bed at a reasonable time,
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
I found Stroud's latest book disappointing. Her overarching view seems to be that teaching is rather a shitty job. The negative 'Mrs Jethro' was by far the most unfair depiction of a teaching colleague. Stroud was able to forgive the principal and enabled him a couple of positive moments but she showed little support for the teacher librarian.
As a teacher librarian myself, the treatment of this teacher, her colleague, sends a poor message to parents that teacher librarians are grumpy and can't
Meredith Walker
Dear Parents: Letters from the Teacheryour children, their education, and how you can help Its focus is all there in the title as Gabbie Stroud makes a plea to all parents to understand their roles as their children's teachers. Although fictionalised, it is, however, a weak premise that is ultimately flawed. Even the pretence of telling it as it is; requires filtering and it is frustrating to read of her reveal of personal details of students/families and colleagues to parents. Although ...more
Sue Hatton
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Strouds last bookTeacher , I thought it said it all. Then this dream gem hits the literary world. For any teacher who has EVER typed THAT response out of frustration to a parent- to them delete it. THIS.IS. THAT. DREAM
Stroud takes the premise of a mistakenly sent unedited, home truth newsletter which is accepted by her class community and weaves a year long insight to the trials and tribulations she undergoes. The information about the education system, what its doing to our teachers,
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Certainly a five star rating from me. Using humour, Gabbie Stroud gives the reader a good idea of what is involved in the working day of a teacher. If you are a teacher, you will laugh aloud and cringe at the same time, because you no doubt have lived through all of Gabbie's stories.

The book is a series of letters to the parents, working through the weeks and terms of the school year. The further you read, the more you become involved in the life of a teacher, as well as being challenged to to
Esther King
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I felt like this was a lot better than the previous title that the author has written- it gives practical reasoning and lessons learnt from the years of teaching that shes faced, and provides things parents can do to assist. Its more of a guidebook than a memoir, and it does all the better for it. I thought that the combination of the letters with anecdotes worked particularly well, especially with the story of Ax. Theres a lot to be said for the emotional attachments that get formed in this ...more
Amy Roberts
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I honestly dont know what to say. How do I wrap up all my feelings about this book into a neat little review? I laughed out loud, cried real tears, stayed up way too late and read while in a bus (dangerous for someone who gets bus sick!), and have recommended the book to everyone I could. I felt this sense of passion and excitement, yet also one also of despair and frustration. Being a teacher is seriously the best thing in the world but there are many things that need to change.
Please, if you
Pip Snort
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh Gabbie, as the parent of a NSW public primary school student this book was powerful, moving and disturbing. I grieved and burned with you as you struggled and groaned and staggered under the load our risk adverse nanny state delegating culture has piled upon its teachers and rejoiced at the Magic Moments of learning that spurred you onwards. If only we could find our way out of the policy muck heap and into some clear water, but i think we are now the wrong culture and country for that. ...more
Rebecca H
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must Read for Parents

Gabbie gives a very vital insight to modern day teaching. Showing exactly where the importance of teaching is being sidelined by data and test results and performance. When working in education, you realise and see that this is not what we should be comparing our kids against. Get to know your childs teacher and be a parent, so they can be the teacher your child needs.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other
So relatable! I was chuckling aloud numerous times and my daughter kept asking me what was so funny and why would I want to read a book all about school anyway! The part that resonated with me the most was the introduction of the 'SwingSet' parent communication app. Such a great idea in theory, but the extra workload... I think the principal at my school should bring up 'The Quality of Class Assembly Items' at our staff meetings too!
Joselle Griffin
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! As a parent this book was heartfelt, emotional and important for me to read. The style was so clever... there have been times I wanted to have 'honest' conversations with my children's teacher, and this has inspired me to reach out and check they are ok more often.

I'm a social worker in an education setting, so have seen the pressures placed on teachers, and I think this book should be mandatory for all parents sending their kids to kindergarten to read.

Highly recommended.
Wendy Sice
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had a ball reading this book! This is Gabbie Stroud telling the same story she shared in her book, Teacher, but this time injecting it with non-stop ironic humour. Imagining that her thoughts about teaching are shared with the parents of the children in her class, she takes a blatantly honest approach and tells it like it is, swearing and all. She says all the things teachers are thinking and it is a watershed. Teachers everywhere are going to relate to the reality of her story, but I hope ...more
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read for parents, its a fun and accessible read, but tells the reader so much about education in Australia - what it is and what it could be, if only given the chance. I can only imagine what a terrific teacher the author must have been :) A copy for every parent and every politician!! ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At times I found this book extremely difficult to read - the issues that was spoken about, I was experiencing in the classroom.
Its a glimpse of the life of a teacher, with funny quotes, and experiences that every teacher has had to face.

Since reading this book, all I can think when something is added or goes wrong in the classroom is: fuck me sideways.
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even though there is an Australian background within the book, there can be stories that can be understood from parents anywhere. Unsure if there are books like this for different education systems world wide but could be a good starting point for parents if wanting to understand one perspective of a teacher within the Australian system.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
An honest novel of what teachers would love to say to parents if we could!! I felt like I was writing my story as the 'life of a teacher'. Worthwhile read in the understanding of what teachers really do and how they are treated by parents.
Elysha Williams
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Gabbie, you have captured my teaching experience so well. I could relate to so many of your stories and anecdotes as well as your frustration in the system we work in.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book, scribd
Oh my heart!
Emily Eloise
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
I really adored Gabbies first book as it was so raw. However at times this was a little forced and made me question what was fact and what was fiction.
Kylie Pearson
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much truth in this funny and brave book. Every parent should read it. Made me laugh and feel better about myself.
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