Losing My Faculties: A Teacher's Story

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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I am just one of those rare and probably defective people who really enjoy the company of teenagers.

Brendan Halpin’s It Takes a Worried Man—a memoir of how he and his family dealt with his wife’s battle against breast cancer—was praised for its can-dor, raw humor, and riveting voice. Halpin now turns his unique talent to an unforgettable account of the pursuit of his true calling: teaching.

Losing My Faculties follows Halpin through teaching jobs in an economically depressed white ethnic town, a middle-class suburb, a last-chance truancy prevention program in the inner city, and an ambitious college-prep urban charter school. In the same cuttingly observant voice that marked It Takes a Worried Man, Halpin tells us what it really means to be a teacher—the ups and downs in the classroom, the battles with administrators and colleagues, and the joy of doing a job that matters. Not the tale of a hero who changes his troubled students’ lives in one year, Losing My Faculties is, rather, the story of an all-too-fallible teacher who persists in spite of the frustrations that have driven so many others from the profession. After nine years of teaching, Halpin finds his idealism in shreds but his sense of humor and love for his work blessedly intact.

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User Review  - laurustina - LibraryThing

"Losing My Faculties" is one of those books that reminds you of those few great teachers you had and the many lousy ones you suffered under. It also made me think of all the teachers I wanted to recommend it to, each time open its pages. Read full review

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An enjoyable read that I read early on in my teaching career. I plan to re-read it from the perspective of someone with more experience to see if my opinion changes. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Brendan Halpin, a thirty-four-year-old high school English teacher, is the author of the acclaimed memoir It Takes a Worried Man. He lives in Boston with his wife, Kirsten, and their daughter, Rowen.

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