Teacher Misery Review

Author: Jane Morris
Published by: Smashwords Edition
Released: May 10th, 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction
Pages: 244
Format: e-book

Synopsis: Teacher Misery perfectly encapsulates the comical misery that has become the teaching profession. Morris’ strange, funny, and sometimes unbelievable teaching experiences are told through a collection of short stories, essays and artifacts including real emails from parents, students and administrators. From the parents who blame their son’s act of arson on the teacher for causing him low self-esteem, to the student who offers to teach the teacher how to sell drugs so she can pay her bills, to the administrator whose best advice is to “treat kids like sacks of shit,” one story is more shocking than the next. An important read for teachers and non-teachers alike– Teacher Misery paints an amusing and thoroughly entertaining picture of what has become of our education system, without detracting from the overall point that what teachers have to put up with today is complete, utter, unacceptable insanity. (Source: Goodreads)

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” – Jacques Barz

My thoughts on the book? : First of all , let me thank the author for sending me a copy of e-book version of this book to me in return for an honest review. This book is a must read for every single human being on this world, from teachers to parents, students, administrators, lawyers, doctors, just name it. Let me be honest, nonfiction kind of book is not my cup of tea, but this book is simply amazing, hilarious, keep surprising me non stop. Just love it! It tells so much about how an educator encounters so many events, shocking events. For example, students use A.D.D. symptoms as a major excuse to escape so many things from school and tasks.  I agree with the author, the signs of A.D.D. has been misused completely in this context, as if we can assume all the teenagers have A.D.D. , it is the kind of attitude that a normal teenager would actually have, however the students and even the parents insist it is A.D.D. It is very frustrating knowing a kid is so bright and can actually do their work perfectly fine but using that kind of excuse to escape from assignments and all, thus giving teachers a hard time. Not only having a hard time with the students, the demands and tons of requests from parents can drive a teacher insane too. However, I really like how the author handled the cases that issued by the parents in this book, it is so inspiring. Not forgetting the rules and regulations from the school too, it is frustrating to read it and I actually feel really bad for the author and the teachers out there that actually face this kind of circumstances whereby obeying the laws and getting the procedures right is more important than anything else. The author’s point of view as a teacher telling these stories of being educator whom faced so many weird and shocking incidents is brilliant. The stories are told in a clear note and it is so relatable. This book is definitely an eye opener. I highly recommend it to every one of you out there to get this book and start to read already! You will know how insane and tough a teacher’s job is. But in the end of the day, teachers will keep educate the young generations and carry on with their profession dutifully to see these youngsters become someone useful in the society despite everything they need to face in their job.

Rate : 4.5 / 5 stars


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