How to Survive in Your Native Land
Herndon asks, What is really going on in school? How does the conventional school structure actually affect teaching and learning? Why does something I try not work? Why do some kids just not learn here? Herndon has the novelist's gift of presenting characters, conversations, and situations, and the comedian's gift of using humor to show us some of life's hardest realities. He is perhaps the school reform's funniest writer, and he is also its most serious because of his willingness to confront what is really going on in his classroom, in schools, and in his own working life.
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