Entre les murs
Entre les murs s'inspire de l'ordinaire tragi-comique d'u ...more
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Instead, here's what I learned: Teaching would be much more pleasant if I could touch or strike students, knock them down, swear at them, or otherwise abuse ...more
What I enjoyed most about this book was its honest relaying of the facts. There have been a spate of books, movies, and books made into movies that dissect the teacher-student relationship - "Freedom Writers Diary," "Stand and Deliver," etc. Though these can be very inspirational, they can also be very dangerous in that they set up the expectation that all teachers can and should be he ...more
"Entre les murs" is poorly written in its dry dialogue-led realism with only a few selected moments of a decent, but mainly sarcastic irony.
Frankly speaking, the reason why I found this book interesting is mainly comparative, thinking to the Italian system of education.
What I learned is that apparently in France you can be suspended from class or even expelled from school just by calling your professor "you" or not asking the permission for ...more
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I cannot blame the author for having presented himself as a slightly angry teacher, who becomes more and more disillusioned as the year progresses, who insults his pupils, tries to shake them a little bi ...more
As for the "documentary" part, it gives you a glimpse on a handful of issues, without ever have this usual moralistic tone you tend to expect from any "Ministry-of-Education" pro ...more
I picked it up originally because it is about a language arts teacher and takes place in France, both being characteristics I was drawn to. But while it follows a teacher and his class for the duration of a school year, there really isn't a story, and it was pessimistic through to the end. No characters stood out, and the ...more
The only major problem with this book is in the translation. Not the translator's fault, but dialogue about kids misspelling and mispronouncing words don't carry over well. But it was done as well as possible and it didn't really interfere with the...more
Also a smack in the face for any student of French who, having learned all the grammar rules and all the basic vocabularies, has them upturned in her face to accommodate the vicious metamorphosis of a living, breathing language in a living, beating world.
I read this book in just 1 week and it was amazing... I remember to laught a lot with the compositions of the students.
It's awesome and I recommend it to everyone!