‘Teacher Man’ is the last book that I read and enjoyed a lot. If you are or were a teacher in N.Y.C. you will relate to some of the situations nicely depicted in the book by Mr. McCourt, the English teacher at a couple of high-schools in N.Y.C. Well, he was an English teacher at a vocational school in Staten Island but also at a high-school like no other: Stuyvesant. Anyway, here are some of my favorite quotes from this book:
“At the end of a school day you leave with a head filled with adolescent noises, their worries, their dreams. They follow you to dinner, to the movies, to the bathroom, to the bed”.
“Facing dozens of teenagers every day brings you down to earth. At 8 a.m. they don’t care how you feel. You think of the day ahead: five classes, up to one hundred and seventy-five American adolescents; moody, hungry, in love, anxious, horny, energetic, challenging”.
“Every class has its chemistry. There are some classes you enjoy and look forward to.They know you like them and they like you in return. There are some classes you wish would take the ferry to Manhattan and never return”.
“Teaching is bringing the news.”.
“You have to make your own way into the classroom. You have to find yourself. You have to develop your own style, your own techniques. You have to tell the truth or you’ll be found out”.
“This is the situation in the public schools of America: The farther you travel from the classroom the greater your financial and professional rewards”.
“If you asked the boys and girls of Stuyvesant High School to write three hundred and fifty words on any subject they might respond with five hundred. They had words to spare. ”.