Synopses & Reviews
From devastating remarks made by teachers (Addled, backward dunce, about young Thomas Edison) to tales of the rich and famous on campus (William Randolph Hearst kept a pet alligator at Harvard), this book gathers hundreds of facts about teachers and students. Some of the oddities included are that Gene Simmons, Kris Kristofferson, and Sting were all teachers before starting their music careers; some high school dropouts do all right: neither Henry Ford, Jack London, nor George Gershwin ever graduated; another reason to keep good notes: only small fragments of Aristotles writings exist, and his reputation is based almost entirely on his students class notes. In such chapters as Educational Follies, Words for the Wise, and Life on Campus, this trivia collection humorously illustrates Mark Twains observation I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-243).
Table of Contents
Out of the halls and into the classroom -- Don't know much about history -- First in its class -- Where the word things are -- Past lives -- Before they were famous -- Tools of the trade -- Teacher appreciation -- Fightin' words -- Teaching by the numbers -- Educational follies -- Life on campus -- Worldly wise -- The wild world of school sports -- Truer words were never spoken -- Teachers on page, stage, and screen -- An alternative education -- Lunches, libraries, and bus drivers.