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Among Schoolchildren

de Tracy Kidder

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Mrs. Zajac is feisty, funny, and tough. She likes to call herself an "old-lady schoolteacher." (She is thirty-four.) Around Kelly School, she is famous for her discipline: "She is "mean, "bro," says one of her students. But children love her. And so will the reader of this extraordinarily moving book by the author of "House "and "The Soul of a New Machine." Mrs. Zajac spends her working life "among schoolchildren." To some it might seem a small world, a world of spelling and recess and endless papers to correct. But we soon realize that Mrs. Zajac's classroom is big enough to house much of human nature. Her little room contains a distillate of some of the worst social problems of our time. Some of the children's young lives seem already stunted by physical and emotional deprivation. And some are full of precarious promise. As we come to know these children, we long for their salvation -- and we come to understand, as if for the first time, the difference that a good teacher can make in a child's life, and in our society."Among Schoolchildren "provides the most realistic account of American education ever written -- on every page we encounter the precisely rendered truth for which Tracy Kidder is famous. But this is more than a book about education. It is about one woman's indomitability, about the joy of acting out of conscience and love. At bottom, its subject is nothing less than the struggle between good and evil.In "Among Schoolchildren "Tracy Kidder has written his most emotionally powerful, most memorable work.… (mais)
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I’ve read several Tracy Kidder books over the years starting with his Pulitzer winner “Soul of a New Machine.” In fact, that’s why I read this book. I’m a retired teacher who spent 40 years in the high school classroom, and I don’t normally read books on education now that my career is over, but since Kidder wrote it, I made an exception. I knew that the book would be dated and it really is. For example, there is no mention of technology since there was little in schools back in the late ‘80s. Some things, however, never change. Great teachers like Chris Zajac are great teachers whether it’s 1989 or 2021. Kidder does such of good job of being the quintessential fly on the wall. He obviously met with Chris’ students’ parents either at the same time she did or separately on his own. He even went to Puerto Rico to better understand Chris’ Puerto Rican students. Now, that’s research. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it for any teacher looking for a model of a true master teacher. ( )
  FormerEnglishTeacher | Feb 10, 2021 |
Another good teaching book. I like that it shows that even a great teacher can't reach every student.

It's been a while since I read it, so I don't have anything else to say. I did enjoy it, though; I can tell you that. ( )
  danaenicole | May 3, 2017 |
The fictional story of a principled and passionate teacher trying to educate impoverished grade schoolers. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
This is an author signed copy, First Edition. ( )
  50worth | Feb 11, 2015 |
I love Tracy Kidder's way of sharing a subject. With this book, much like his "House," he enters into the setting so thoroughly that he apparently becomes a piece of the furniture, or at least a piece of artwork on longterm loan. He helps the reader understand the reality of teaching a diverse classroom in a ramshackled part of an industrial town that is not aging well. We get the highs and the lows as Kidder shadows veteran teacher Kris Zajak and her class of 5th graders. I don't think my explanation does Kidders work justice - daily life made as interesting as a novel. I highly recommend.

Bookcrossing: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5457126/ ( )
  wareagle78 | Jan 25, 2014 |
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Mrs. Zajac is feisty, funny, and tough. She likes to call herself an "old-lady schoolteacher." (She is thirty-four.) Around Kelly School, she is famous for her discipline: "She is "mean, "bro," says one of her students. But children love her. And so will the reader of this extraordinarily moving book by the author of "House "and "The Soul of a New Machine." Mrs. Zajac spends her working life "among schoolchildren." To some it might seem a small world, a world of spelling and recess and endless papers to correct. But we soon realize that Mrs. Zajac's classroom is big enough to house much of human nature. Her little room contains a distillate of some of the worst social problems of our time. Some of the children's young lives seem already stunted by physical and emotional deprivation. And some are full of precarious promise. As we come to know these children, we long for their salvation -- and we come to understand, as if for the first time, the difference that a good teacher can make in a child's life, and in our society."Among Schoolchildren "provides the most realistic account of American education ever written -- on every page we encounter the precisely rendered truth for which Tracy Kidder is famous. But this is more than a book about education. It is about one woman's indomitability, about the joy of acting out of conscience and love. At bottom, its subject is nothing less than the struggle between good and evil.In "Among Schoolchildren "Tracy Kidder has written his most emotionally powerful, most memorable work.

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