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  • Title: Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students, and Their High School
  • Author: Samuel G. Freedman
  • ISBN: 9780060920876
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
  • Small Victories is Samuel Freedman s remarkable story of life on the front lines in the sort of high school that seems like a disaster with walls old, urban, overcrowded, and overwhelmingly minority Seaward Park High School, on Manhattan s Lower East Side, has been ranked among the worst 10 percent of high schools in the state yet 92 percent of its graduates go on to Small Victories is Samuel Freedman s remarkable story of life on the front lines in the sort of high school that seems like a disaster with walls old, urban, overcrowded, and overwhelmingly minority Seaward Park High School, on Manhattan s Lower East Side, has been ranked among the worst 10 percent of high schools in the state yet 92 percent of its graduates go on to higher education The reason is dedicated teachers, one of whom, English instructor Jessica Siegel, is the subject of Freedman s unforgettably dramatic humanization of the education crisis Following Siegel through the 1987 88 academic year, Freedman not only saw a master at work but learned from the inside just how a school functions against impossible odds Small Victories alternates Jessica s experiences with those of others at Seaward Park, and as we cone to know intimately a number of the astonishing students and staff, Small Victories reveals itself as a book that has the power to change the way we see our world.
    Small Victories The Real World of a Teacher Her Students and Their High School Small Victories is Samuel Freedman s remarkable story of life on the front lines in the sort of high school that seems like a disaster with walls old urban overcrowded and overwhelmingly minority S

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    1. I have issues with books like this, while I enjoy reading stories about teachers in inner city schools because I am one I have a problem with all of these kinds of books The hardworking, long suffering teacher teaches only for a few years, touches the lives of her students and causes a sea change in their lives, then she leaves teaching after like 3 years Where s the stories about the people who have had the guts to stick it out for than a few years Where are their stories Rant has ended

    2. I can t think of much to say about this one Parts of it were very interesting and other parts were boring The teacher view spoiler quits in the end hide spoiler , so it s not exactly encouraging, but that s not the author s fault.

    3. I read this book for an education class and i will admit, I m very happy i picked it out You can read reviews on for a comprehensive summary I m just going to tell you that, as an aspiring teacher, i hope i can be half as wonderful, inspiring and dedicated as Jessica Siegel She was one person and truly made a difference in the lives of so many students The background information on some of the students was truly an eye opening experience I went to high school in one of the most suburban cities [...]

    4. I agree that this genre is disturbing because it doesn t represent those veterans who stay In fact, when I read it, I hadn t yet started my stint in the inner city school where I taught for you got it 2 years I read the last chapter on a train, standing up and crying I felt the teacher was both who we wanted to be and who we could never be I liked the idea that this was not a self serving autobiography the fact that a NYTimes journalist followed the teacher for a year gave it credibility I wond [...]

    5. Had I read this a few years later, I would have probably become a NYC high school teacher still one of my fantasy jobs This is very moving narrative non fiction, about a year in the life of a high school English teacher in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, pre gentrification The book takes place during the 1987 88 school year, so it s dated now, but I would imagine it has not lost any of it s power.

    6. Read this right after I graduated Columbia j school Remember thinking wow if I didn t just graduate j school, I might have become a NYC public school teacher More than 20 years later, that s exactly what I am.

    7. This book was written about the late 1980 and 1990 s but it sounded so much like some of Traci s experiences as a teacher in the 2000 s It s emotional and stirring and frustratingn t that what teaching is about I REALLY liked it I love teachers

    8. It s hard to rave about a book that depicts the trials of the public school teacher However, I feel that Freedman gives a pretty clear and relatively unbiased account of the choices that teachers have to make, and the consequences of those choices Interesting and through provoking, if not new.

    9. A lot of teacher memoirs are annoying the kids are horrible, I tried to be a savior , but this one is extremely well written.

    10. This book brought me back to teaching 20 years ago Interestingly, by the end of the book, the teacher subject leaves teaching and becomes a writer

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