The Great Expectations School

The Great Expectations School

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At the age of twenty-two, Dan Brown came to P.S. 85 as an eager, fresh-faced teacher. He was even as-signed his own class: 4-217. Unbeknownst to him, 4-217 was the designated a€œdumping grounda€ for all fourth-grade problem cases, and his students would prove to be more challenging than he could have ever anticipated. Intent on being a caring, dedicated teacher but confronted with unruly children, absent parents, and a failing administration, Dan was pushed to the limit time and again: he found himself screaming with rage, punching his fist through a blackboard out of sheer frustration, often just wanting to give up and walk away. Yet, in this seeming chaos, he slowly learneda€”from the more seasoned teachers at the school and from his own mistakesa€”how to discipline, teach, and make a difference. The Great Expectations School is the touching story of Class 4-217 and their teacher, Mr. Brown. But more than that, it is the revealing story of a broken educational system and all those struggling within and fighting against it.I read Ron Suskinda#39;s compelling The Price of Loyalty, which painstakingly documents Paul Oa#39;Neilla#39;s journey from mega-successful chief executive of Alcoa to George W. Busha#39;s first treasury secretary and, ultimately, to his resignation from that post in 2003. Bush politics aside, Oa#39;Neilla#39;s affable, hands-on management style resonated with me. He put a premium on personal relationships between employees, and he relied on good research and analysis to guide his policy. Calling onanbsp;...

Title:The Great Expectations School
Author: Dan Brown
Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. - 2011-09-01

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