Notes from a School Teacher
In an irreverent, anecdotal essay on the state of education today, the author writes about the nature of the classroom experience today, with discussions of particular problems, ranging from merit pay to lesson plans
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The beauty of Notes is that it serves as a culmination of the three books Herndon wrote about teaching. The first, _The Way is Spozed To Be_ shows him as a young man becoming a teacher, learning the craft, studying the kids as a sociologist or maybe an anthropologist might. His second and best known, _How to Survive in Your Native Land_ shows Herndon as an experienced teacher making observations that are both uncomfortable and obviously true after he has made them. And then _Notes_ is a travelogue of a summer during which Herndon is the elder statesman of the profession talking about things in a way that is both humorous and relaxed but all the while cunning and brilliant.
I'm not saying this as well as I should, so here's the breakdown: save this one for after the other two and, by all means, read them one after the other. That's the best way.