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Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference

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Publisher Comments:

"For any reader who has been, or is currently, either a teacher or a student-that is to say, everyone—this is a book to be savored." —The Boston Globe

Edmundson's message of the world-changing importance of good high school teaching is more than ever one we need to hear. It’s rarely delivered with such passion, good humor and sympathy. -The New York Times Book Review

Wonderfully clear-eyed about the pains and pleasures of learning . . . One of the more inspiring days at school in recent memory. -San Francisco Chronicle

A testimony to the magic that can occur . . . when the right teacher meets a receptive student. -The Christian Science Monitor

A brilliant memoir, smart, vividly dramatic, and wry.” —Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air

One of the best traits of Teacher is the author's honesty. . . . By the book’s end, it’s a good bet a reader might think, ‘Hey, I wouldn't mind taking a class from that guy.’ That’s about the highest praise a teacher can get. -San Jose Mercury News

Chockablock with wit, detail, and surprisingly clear-eyed memory. . . Powerful. -Entertainment Weekly

Rich with metaphoric prose and inlaid with lovely storytelling. . . . Brings to mind Robert Coles's memorable writing about Perry Miller. -The Washington Post

An affectionate but unsentimental homage. . . We are taken on a compelling journey down the corridor of that most perilous and fateful of institutions-the American high school. A terrific book. -Billy Collins, Poet Laureate and author of Sailing Around the Room

Masterfully demonstrates the power of one man's belief in the power of ideas to change lives. -The Charlotte Observer

We suspect it happens every day, but not often enough. . . A teacher makes a difference. Finally, here is the testimonial we are looking for. . . Hurrah to Mr. Lears and thanks to Mark Edmundson for validating the dream. -Tampa Tribune

A poignant memoir, a self-analysis that shares revelations and insights that widely apply to those gawky teenage years, and the liberation that comes from intellectual awakening. -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A touching tribute. . . A humorous, vivid recollection of friends, teammates, and antagonists who accompanied Edmundson] through high school in the ‘60s. . . Sure to resonate deeply with readers. -BookPage

A worthwhile read. . . Teacher is written in two voices: Edmundson as a high school student and as an accomplished academic. . . He] weaves these two conversations into a thoughtful and engaging memoir. -Rocky Mountain News

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

In 1969, Mark Edmundson was a typical high school senior in working-class Medford, Massachusetts. He loved football, disdained schoolwork, and seemed headed for a factory job in his hometown-until amaverick philosophy teacher turned his life around.

When Frank Lears, a small, nervous man wearing a moth-eaten suit, arrived at Medford fresh from Harvard University, his students pegged him as an easytarget. Lears was unfazed by their spitballs and classroom antics. He shook things up, trading tired textbooks for Kesey and Camus, and provoking his class with questions about authority, conformity, civil rights, and theVietnam War. He rearranged seats and joined in a ferocious snowball fight with Edmundson and his football crew. Lears's impassioned attempts to get these kids to think for themselves provided Mark Edmundson withexactly the push he needed to break away from the lockstep life of Medford High. Written with verve and candor, Teacher is Edmundson's heartfelt tribute to the man who changed the course of hislife.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

In 1969, Mark Edmundson was a typical high school senior in working-class Medford, Massachusetts. He loved football, disdained schoolwork, and seemed headed for a factory job in his hometown—until a maverick philosophy teacher turned his life around.

When Frank Lears, a small, nervous man wearing a moth-eaten suit, arrived at Medford fresh from Harvard University, his students pegged him as an easy target. Lears was unfazed by their spitballs and classroom antics. He shook things up, trading tired textbooks for Kesey and Camus, and provoking his class with questions about authority, conformity, civil rights, and the Vietnam War. He rearranged seats and joined in a ferocious snowball fight with Edmundson and his football crew. Lears’s impassioned attempts to get these kids to think for themselves provided Mark Edmundson with exactly the push he needed to break away from the lockstep life of Medford High. Written with verve and candor, Teacher is Edmundson’s heartfelt tribute to the man who changed the course of his life.

About the Author

Mark Edmundson is a professor of English at the University of Virginia. A prizewinning scholar, he has published a number of works of literary and cultural criticism, including Literature Against Philosophy, Plato to Derrida. He has also written for such publications as The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and Harper’s, where he is a contributing editor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307428059
Subtitle:
The One Who Made the Difference
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Edmundson, Mark
Author:
Mark Edmundson
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Educators
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Educators
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
High school teachers
Subject:
Biography-Educators
Subject:
Education-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20030909
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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Biography » Educators
Biography » General
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Product details 288 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307428059 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In 1969, Mark Edmundson was a typical high school senior in working-class Medford, Massachusetts. He loved football, disdained schoolwork, and seemed headed for a factory job in his hometown-until amaverick philosophy teacher turned his life around.

When Frank Lears, a small, nervous man wearing a moth-eaten suit, arrived at Medford fresh from Harvard University, his students pegged him as an easytarget. Lears was unfazed by their spitballs and classroom antics. He shook things up, trading tired textbooks for Kesey and Camus, and provoking his class with questions about authority, conformity, civil rights, and theVietnam War. He rearranged seats and joined in a ferocious snowball fight with Edmundson and his football crew. Lears's impassioned attempts to get these kids to think for themselves provided Mark Edmundson withexactly the push he needed to break away from the lockstep life of Medford High. Written with verve and candor, Teacher is Edmundson's heartfelt tribute to the man who changed the course of hislife.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

"Synopsis" by , In 1969, Mark Edmundson was a typical high school senior in working-class Medford, Massachusetts. He loved football, disdained schoolwork, and seemed headed for a factory job in his hometown—until a maverick philosophy teacher turned his life around.

When Frank Lears, a small, nervous man wearing a moth-eaten suit, arrived at Medford fresh from Harvard University, his students pegged him as an easy target. Lears was unfazed by their spitballs and classroom antics. He shook things up, trading tired textbooks for Kesey and Camus, and provoking his class with questions about authority, conformity, civil rights, and the Vietnam War. He rearranged seats and joined in a ferocious snowball fight with Edmundson and his football crew. Lears’s impassioned attempts to get these kids to think for themselves provided Mark Edmundson with exactly the push he needed to break away from the lockstep life of Medford High. Written with verve and candor, Teacher is Edmundson’s heartfelt tribute to the man who changed the course of his life.

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