Money is tight. Books can be expensive. The Teachers’ Lounge (Uncensored) by Kelly Flynn is worth your money and your time. Parents, school board members, older students, curious taxpayers, education advocates, and teachers will all learn something from this insightful and easy to read book written for a wide audience.
The (Uncensored) aspect refers to the honesty of seeing a school filled with real human beings rather than mere data providers and testing machines. So, if you are looking for the sole salacious material, read page 133 where the word cleavage is used. To teachers, the teachers’ lounge is the designated free speech area (Uncensored) of a school where during a few brief moments of respite truths can be uttered. Kelly Flynn is a good utterer of these truths.
If you want an honest view of the state of schools today from the perspective of a perceptive teacher and writer, you have found the right book.
The full scope and direction of the book is easily viewed on Amazon’s site by reading the table of contents and a few pages selected by the author HERE.
Let the book speak for itself. Here are a few examples from elsewhere in The Teachers’ Lounge (Uncensored).
“When parents send their children off to school, of course they hope that they will learn the right answers. But it’s important that they learn to ask the right questions as well.
“Corporate reformers want to dismantle public education, sell the pieces to the highest bidder, and ultimately increase their company’s bottom line.
“Big business believes that the purpose of education is to create a better worker. And to a certain extent that’s true.
“Legislators believe that the purpose of education is to score well on standardized tests and prepare for a four-year college. And the fact that some students don’t have the desire, the smarts, or the money to go to a four-year college is irrelevant to those legislators.
“If the purpose of a K-12 education is to prepare all students for college, an initiative being promoted by states all across the country, then the kids who don’t choose college are not having their needs met. A student who plans to become an electrician, for example, does not need a college-prep curriculum.
“Facts taught out of context are not retained, and the test drill kills inquiry, curiosity, and creativity.
“Educators believe that the purpose of education is to teach students to think. A student who can think critically uses mental processes of discernment, analysis, and evaluation to make decisions and draw conclusions.
“It’s simple: If you teach a child to pass a test, he will learn for a day. If you teach a child to understand how he learns, he will learn for a lifetime.
“Educators don’t want to prepare students to take tests. They know that there is more to learning than subject matter, and that human beings play more roles than that of a worker.
“So before we move forward in education reform we need to decide: Are we educating students for a test?
Or for a lifetime?
Well, what are you waiting for? Go read The Teachers’ Lounge (Uncensored) by Kelly Flynn. HERE.