Teetering On The Brink

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Jan 3, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 238 pages
"After a long career in teaching, including 27 years in an inner-city high school in Houston, author Gary Weibye burned out, dropped out, and literally headed for the hills: the Ozark Mountains of Northern Arkansas, a full hour away from the nearest freeway, and about 2,500 feet above his accustomed elevation. These diverse stories and sketches are about the delights, the challenges, and the cultural shock he and his wife experienced in their new life on the rim of what tourists are instructed to call "The Grand Canyon of the Ozarks"--an astonishingly beautiful realm where you get to gaze down upon rainbows, look eagles in the eye, and wander in pink clouds where, by rights, choirs should be singing. The stories are about what people think when an abyss is at their feet (whether that abyss is a canyon or a stage of life)--surprising thoughts about the climb behind and the plunge ahead." --Back cover.

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About the author (2003)

Gary Weibye grew up in a small town in Minnesota, was educated in small town public schools in Minnesota and Iowa and a small college in Nebraska, and taught English, Speech, and Drama in small town public schools in Iowa and Nebraska. At age 30, he moved to a huge city in Texas and taught high school English in a school system so big that he was allowed to work, undiscovered, for the next 27 years. In all, he participated in nearly four decades of educational "tinkering" that dumbed down the American public school. He worked alongside legions of well-intentioned, talented, highly-skilled educators caught up in a system of perpetual "gee whiz" experimentation. Each term, it seemed, he was able to require less and less of his students, as those students learned to require less and less of themselves. He found himself teaching elementary grammar to Seniors because they could not compose sentences. Meanwhile, he saw more and more classroom space converted to office space as bureaucracy replaced teaching. He retired at age 57 and is now writing about the problem--near a small town in the Ozark Mountains. He calls his affliction "Post-Teaching Stress Syndrome." In more recent efforts he has written about what retirement is like out in the woods and up in the hills.

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