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Dangerous Minds / Edition 1
     

Dangerous Minds / Edition 1

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by LouAnne Johnson
 

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ISBN-10: 0312956207

ISBN-13: 2900312956201

Pub. Date: 08/28/1995

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

She bullied, bluffed, and bribed her students into caring about school.

And if that didn't work, the pretty, petite ex-marine told them she'd been trained to kill with her bare hands.

They were called the class from Hell-thirty-four inner city sophomores she inherited from a teacher who'd been "pushed over the edge." She was told "those kids have tasted blood.

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She bullied, bluffed, and bribed her students into caring about school.

And if that didn't work, the pretty, petite ex-marine told them she'd been trained to kill with her bare hands.

They were called the class from Hell-thirty-four inner city sophomores she inherited from a teacher who'd been "pushed over the edge." She was told "those kids have tasted blood. They're dangerous."

But LouAnne Johnson had a different idea. Where the school system saw thirty-four unreachable kids, she saw young men and women with intelligence and dreams. When others gave up on them, she broke the rules to give them the best things a teacher can give-hope and belief in themselves. When statistics showed the chances were they'd never graduate, she fought to beat the odds.

This is her remarkable story-and theirs.

If you loved Stand and Deliver, you'll stand up and cheer for LouAnne Johnson and Dangerous Minds.

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ISBN-13:
2900312956201
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
278

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Dangerous Minds 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
JDo-t More than 1 year ago
The Summary of this book dangerous minds is about a nine year veteran Marine Corps with a degree in education. I this book was really good i love how they she told people in the book about bad it was back in the day and how students had problems in school and how kids where trying to firgure there way out of the hood problems and gangs problems. To me this book cought my eye because it i known some people that are in this problem that are in the book because to me if you want to try to get out of this bad life that you are in you must go to school and try to stay out of trouble. I also think that kids are have problems should go to there teachers and ask them for help so they can help them and firgure out what they can do to help them with there problems in there life. I use to go to my favorite teacher back in high school Mr. Mraz and he use always help me with my problems and i always thank him for the help if it wasnt because of him i don't think i would be in college right now. I say everyone who has a problem there lifes i think should read this book because if you do read this book you going to like love it and going to keep on reading it over and over again all the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the book Dangerous Minds by Louanne Johnson, an ex-marine, who has prior experience and training with handling youth, has chosen to work in an inner city school. Not knowing some of the challenges she has to face, she began teaching one of the worst English classes. While dealing with various situations with the students, she realizes that there is more to the students than what everyone makes of them. Throughout the book she tries her best to help the students accomplish their goals and show everyone that they're smarter than what they may seem. She keeps them motivated and does what she can to help them succeed, in some cases, breaking the rules and going out of her way to help them in their personal lives. She puts up a fight for them and helps them by making personal connections with them and getting involved with their parents. By doing this, she gains the students attention and respect leading them to better futures. I rate this book with four stars. Although the book wasn't the best book, it wasn¿t the worst either. I liked the book because an encouraging teacher can always be helpful. Many teachers don't know it, but when they become involved in a students life and show that they really care, it can change a whole student's perspective of school. I liked how she didn't have to get involved but she did. She went out of her way to make a difference in the lives of many of her students, sometimes doing things that weren't even allowed as a teacher. Teachers make an impact on students and I think if we had more like Ms.Johnson in our school systems today, many students wouldn't turn to drugs, violence, and gangs that we now have today. I would recommend this book to anyone because it can give an insight to those who are just like students in the book those who think there is no hope and think no one cares. It can also give an insight to those who wish to see how a teacher can change a student's life, how getting involved can make a difference. Also, this book can be great for a new teacher or even a teacher who just wish to learn how to draw their students in. Many teachers today have difficulty getting students involved and I think by reading this, it can give them some examples on how to get them to want to learn just as Ms. Johnson did finding a new way to better the students and finding a way to better their teaching education.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Especially for aspiring teachers Danger Minds is a Heart wrenching and touching story about a student teacher that gets ripped from her class room as a student teacher and put into a classroom of all to worldly teenagers in a low part of town. Miss j's plan is to be a college professor until she decides that she can do more for these kids than anyone ever has before. Before long she decides to come up with new programs, and academic success stratagies to get these kids thinking, graduating, and ready to think!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was very intresting and Michelle Peifer is a good actress. this book realates to the movie Dangeours Minds. i recamand people this book because teen-agers can realate to this book because they are in high school. All the bad students changed in the end because of the teacher Mrs. Johnson. She was just a reagualar teacher. Mrs. Johnson was caring inspring teacher that changed those sophomore students lives personaly and mentally. Mrs. Johnson made them see it's much more then life, then just gang violence, and having kids and not doing your work. Mrs. Johnson made them see life is so much more then that. Before Mrs. Johnson was a very caring techer she cared about the students and she helped them out. She made them realize education is key in life. Education is everything in life and without that you just be like a regualr average person. Living by check to check never be saifesed you hate your job but with an education you can be anything you want to be if you set your mind to it. Mrs. Johnson opened they eyes and expaned they minds sets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the book Dangerous Minds is a very good book about teachers. A teacher named Miss Johnson an ex-marine, who faced a lot of tasks, had a bigger one on her shoulders. Johnson showed the school that she cares about her students. She believes that everyone had the potential to graduate and become a successful person. She placed students from different cultures and different learning skills in a program to help them learn better and understand. She didn¿t want to stay very long in the teaching world, but when the student¿s life came to her attention she wanted to make a difference. She made them write in a journal so she can get a better understanding of them and where they come from. She called all of her students to see how they were doing and to tell them very positive things. She wants the respect from the students as a teacher and as a person just like them. Johnson would do some military tricks to get the students to listen and respect her, and to give them an education. I give this book four stars because it kept me interested and it was fast moving. This book actually shows us what is happening in other schools and some schools relate to this book because of the violence and not having trust in the students. Some schools also don¿t have the attention of the faculty trying to get these young children to move on in life and just tell them to drop out.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dangerous minds is a book about a teacher named Miss Johnson who pretty much has tough skin with being an ex marine. She begins to teach at a high school where the kids are never given a chance and are always told they are going to fail. The students she was given had just finished making the teacher before herself run out on her job. Therefore the students thought they would gang up on Miss Johnson and easily remove her, but they had another thing coming. Miss Johnson has to carefully teach every student in a different way because some of them have different and deeper problems from others even if it has to do with simple tasks like reading. Miss Johnson tricks them into learning and makes them actually solve problems on their own without them even noticing. She would use her Marine tone and almost threaten the kids to get her point across and make sure they knew she wasn¿t going anywhere, it was tough love. These students were always being given up on and never did have a chance. The students had their guard up because they didn¿t want to let another person in their personal life that would just end up forgetting about them. As time goes on, maturity within the students start to develop and they soon discover how childish their past ways were. I would have to rate this book three out of five stars. The book it self was very easy to relate to and what not, but it had nothing special about it to stand out. What kept me interested was wanting to see what would be the outcome of the students later on. It has your typical teacher student plot like many others, but with a few of its own drama. If you are going to be reading this book for a class and having to do responses, then you might not want to choose this book because there isn¿t really any depth in the reading. However, if you are very good about being able to grab any little detail and elaborating from it, or just for your own personal reading then you probably would choose this. This book seems like it can be read by kids who are even in just middle school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LouAnne Jonhson, wrote the book Dangerous Minds. She was an ex-marine turned teacher who taught inner city kids. Her training as an ex-marine came in handy dealing with her youths in and outside of the classroom. Ms. Jonhson had instants were she taught them manners to dealing with stealing issues. Ms. Jonhson knew some of her student's familys had finicial problems. So she spent her own money on them. For example, she bought one of her students glasses, or another by bailing him out by paying for what he had stoled. She also gave another boy an incentive to gradurate. She gave him some money for a coat, and then he needed to pay her back by gradurating. Ms. Jonhson's writing style was very confusing for me. She did not go in conalogical order. In the begining she would go back inforth, and I wasn't sure were she was at times. There were parts that I could relate to, eventhough I grew up in the suburbs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all I will say that this book is a four'4' star book. I really do not like to read novels, but I admit that this book is nice. It is good for everybody most especially for school. To both teachers and students, I will recommend this book to. I will recommend this book to teachers so that they may see how student handling should be done. I will also recommend this book to student so that they may also see that not all teachers they can get away with in doing bad things. This book is based on a true life events I believe the author went through. The author of this book, I believe, was in the U.S Navy or Marines. The way Ms.Johnson who is also known as Ms. J, handles her students. Although Ms. J handles her students the Navy way but still she never gives. She stood firm by her students, to make sure that they succeed in life after school. Ms. Johnson, I will say, is a real model other teachers should mimic. I gave this four stars because I personally do not like the way the author wrote the book. Although this book does not have a straight forward story line, but believe me, this book is AWSOME!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book Dangerous Minds was a really good book. It did jump around alot but you were able to understand it. What I liked most about the book was that Ms. Johnson really cared about her students. Ms. Johnson tried really hard to help them succeed in school and life. When all the other teachers gave up on them she stayed and believed in them. The book really explained how she helped the students. At first she didn't think she was going to be able to handle teaching in that school but she did and she stayed and kept teaching. Ms.Johnson really believed in her students and when other teachers told her how bad the students were but she didn't listen to them because she knew they were wrong. After a while the students started to care about her too. Ms. Johnson made sure she called everyones parents to tell them how good their children were. The students always thought that Ms. Johnson was only calling to tell them how they misbehaved. She really pushed her students to stay in school and to do well in school. She helped some spanish students get into a higher English class because she thought the class they were in was too easy for them. Ms. Johnson helped one student buy a suit so he could go to a fancy restaurant dressed nice. Then she helped another student by buying him a pair of glasses. I think when she helped the students with their problems like the two students above it really showed she loved and cared about them. Overall I thought it was a good book and would recommend it. I would give it a 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Novel Dangerous Minds by Louanne Johnson opened my eyes on how teachers can be with there students. This book is written by Ms. J an ex-marine corps officer, former U.S Navy journalist. She had moved to an inner city where she had encountered many things that come her way. She became a teacher of thirty-four inner city sophomore students. She realized that this was not an ordinary class. It was a class from hell. Her unique teaching techniques changed her students for the better, one by one. She knows that the students are smart and has dreams but they are too scared to show it. She doesn¿t want any of the kids to give up but to realize that education is very important in life. Ms. Johnson is always with her students and helping them in every single way. Sometimes she even bribed her students to pay attention and care about school. They will become respectful and achieve there goals. All the other teachers doubted these kids but she fought and proved them wrong. She goes as far as getting involved with her own students¿ lives. I believe that teachers are guiders in school¿s environments. Teachers and students should understand each others point of view. This book opened my eyes because I never read about at teacher helping teenagers as much as she did. I know that I want to become a teacher and hopefully I can help students like the ones I read. This book is now made into a video but I like the book much more. I definitely recommended this book for everyone, teachers and students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the novel Dangerous Minds by LouAnne Johnson, Ms. Johnson, a teacher in an urban school, encouraged her students to make something of themselves later on in life. The book moves at a slow pace but picks up as you read on. Overall this book is a good learning tool for those in the education field.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book Dangerous Minds by LouAnne Johnson, showed students that there are teachers out there who would want to stand by their side to help them succeed in life. No matter what goes on in your life, a helping hand is right there waiting for you. I recommend this book to students and teachers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a teaching tool for everybody, teachers, students, and schools in general. There are teachers out there that really care and show that they do. ¿Ms. J.,¿ Ms. Johnson, shows throughout the entire book, over and over again, that she cares for her students and wants them the succeed in what ever they want to do. This book is written by an ex-marine corps officer, former US Navy Journalist, who became a teacher and she shows what it takes to get students to succeed. The reason that I like this book is because it was about how a real teacher should be. Ms. Johnson cared about her students and didn¿t want them to fail. I would rate this book 5 stars. I think that any student would like to read this book to find out what a devoted teacher is like. I also think that teachers would like to read this book to see what they should be teaching like and what kind of discipline students need.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really don¿t like reading a lot, but this book was really interesting. Dangerous Minds by Louanne Johnson is a nonfiction book and is based on a true story. It is about bad behaving students trying to get through high school. Most of the teachers in this school gave up on them, but there was one teacher who didn¿t, and that was Mrs. Johnson or as her students called her Mrs. J. She was an excellent teacher, she did everything she could to help her students. She made sure that they stayed out of trouble and in school. I like the way she was worried about her students that she wrote about in the book and how she helped them be successful. Mrs. Johnson helped her students from personal issues to giving them money if they need it. She educated her students, and after struggling with them, at the end they were thankful of the time she put in for them. This book can really grab your interest. I recommend this book to students, because it can give them an inside look on how can a teacher change students¿ lives. It can also be good to students who are having bad times at school. I recommend it to teachers too, because it would be helpful for them to read about the experience that Mrs. Johnson had with trouble making students, and read how she handles them, I think that they are going to get some good information about that. This book showed me that there are teachers that really care about the education of their students and they can be a big part to success in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book can get old pretty fast and has nothing but dialogue, that¿s why it got 3 stars from me. It could¿ve been better, with a more complex plot. It was too simple. Originally from a novel made into a movie, this book has lots of dialogue, so it¿s no wonder it became a film. Ms. Johnson is the main character in the book she helped her students as much as she could. She¿s probably one of a few teachers that put her heart into her career she gave that much to her students. This book takes place in a ghetto environment, public school, so if you¿re looking for a book dealing with teaching and schooling in an area like that, and dealing with non-fiction scenes, maybe you should check this book out. It¿s mainly about a teacher and how she deals with all types of students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book about a teacher and the certain ways to find out how children really learn and the troubles a teacher may go through having a tough classroom full of hard nosed students. ¿Dangerous Minds¿ by Louanne Johnson is an ex-military officer who resided in L.A. to teach a class that has a lot of problems. These kids are troubled and are considered by society to be the lower class and almost certain to drop out. She runs into problems with the students and finds ways to help better their education and the lives of the students. She has brought success where failure was almost certain. She taught Shakespeare when Basic English was good enough, but this teacher didn¿t settle for just plain old good, she wanted greatness and strived for it. Throughout the book she provides the readers with a glimpse of the problems at hand each chapter presented a new problem with a solution that she had come to. Over the twenty three chapters she had solved or bettered the situation most of the time which I believe promoted a good teacher. I would recommend this to any teacher who wants to learn new ways to better their teaching education and also to any one who wants to read a good book about a teacher doing wonders for education.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For the past couple of weeks, i have been reading 'Dangerous Minds' by Louanne Johnson. She was once an ex marine who became a teacher. She finds herself helping many students with their lives and education. Louanne begins her new job by teaching a class full of trouble. Through out the book the reader sees the failure in the students beginning to fade. The students find Trust that they needed in Miss. Johnson, and the care that they wanted in her. This book is a great read that keeps the reader wanting Louanne Johnson to succeed in what seems like a mission to make students learn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would rate the book Dangerous Minds by Louanne Johnson 5 stars. It was a really great book that gave you a real look on how the real world is and how one teacher can change so many lives one step at a time. From the start I could tell it was going to be a great book and it kept me reading because it never got boring. It was about inner city kids coming together for one reason- summer school in need to pass. They were called the class from hell but the teacher really cared and stuck it through. So this book is really good and I would recommend it to anybody to read because it was so great and you might learn something.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LouAnne Johnson is an ex-marine who becomes an inner-city school teacher. Ms. Johnson wrote ¿My Posse Don¿t Do Homework¿, a title that was later changed to ¿Dangerous Minds¿ for a feature film and adopted for future book publications. Ms. Johnson writes from her own real-life experiences. While she does change the names of the people in her book, each chapter is a real account of actual events. {NEW PARAGRAPH}¿Dangerous Minds¿ seems to be written only because LouAnne Johnson had so many varied classroom experiences. The book does not target one certain audience and this is what makes the book so enjoyable to many audiences. As an aspiring teacher, this book touched me to teach to every student. Each student is special in their own right and the teacher needs to look for that special quality, praise and encourage that student, and even show tough love at times but never forget that to show tough love, the teacher must first ¿love¿. ¿Dangerous Minds¿ would also be an appealing book to a student that is faced with similar situations that appear in the book. It could serve as notice that all students can overcome their circumstances and learn if they choose to do so. This book could also help other students who are not faced with these same circumstances. It could open the eyes of students who hold themselves higher than disadvantages youths and help them to understand that all people are just that¿people, we are just faced with different challenges. Another group that could benefit from this book is parents, especially parents of disadvantages children. The parents could learn quite a bit about the need for support from others in the home towards the student. When a child has a supportive family, he or she is more apt to achieve in the classroom. . {NEW PARAGRAPH}¿Dangerous Minds¿ is an exciting book about a new school teacher who has just taken a job in an inner-city school. The teacher, Ms. Johnson, is an ex marine who believes she has left the marine side of herself behind until she finds herself ¿threatening¿ her students. She reveals to them that she has been trained to kill with her bare hands and while she does not intend to carry out this threat she does use it to keep her student¿s attention. Ms. Johnson believes that every student is special and can learn if given the right opportunity. Her classes are filled with poverty-stricken, behavior problem students but somehow she still feels that their outside does not reveal their true inside. Ms. Johnson reaches out to each student as an individual and looks for what drives them. This may be acceptance of friends, acceptance of family, acceptance of the teacher, clothing, food, trips, or money. Whatever motivates her students, Ms. Johnson finds what it is and gives freely of herself to help the student achieve what they want as long as they also work to achieve in her classroom. . {NEW PARAGRAPH}This book has many strengths but one that truly stands out. Each teacher should get to know and accept their students. Not in just a way where they can have a casual conversation, but truly get to know the students and understand where they came from, who they are now and where they are going. Teachers need to talk to each individual student but even more important, the teacher needs to listen when the student talks to them. This conversation can happen verbally, through journal writings, or even in body language. When the student does feel free to open up to the teacher, the teacher needs to accept the student for who he or she is without judgement. As a teacher, we can teach right from wrong without being judgemental. . {NEW PARAGRAPH}This is easily one of my favorite books. I do not feel that I am an avid reader and have found myself not finishing books that I start. It is quite a compliment to the author when I am consumed by a book so my compliments go to LouAnne Johnson. I felt like I was a part of these students¿ lives and I could not put thi
Guest More than 1 year ago
*This book is about a new teacher that has just taken a new job in a terrible neighborhood. Ms. Johnson is an ex-marine, which was trained to kill with her bare hands, with this particular feature used to get her students attention. She is one of those people that believe that not everyone is rotten inside. Even though they might be all thug on the outside it¿s not always that way on the inside. The students that she taught all came from rough backgrounds were most of their did not even finish high school. She goes as far as getting involved with her own students¿ lives, which is in great danger. She gained her students trust and has faith in to be a person, a human being that does not give up and tries. She gave her students the drive to gain more and more need for knowledge successfulness which no other teacher gave them before. **I really enjoyed this book because it contains all real life evidence of how some students live in bad hoodlums. How they sometimes have teachers that do not appreciate them as much as they should. There are teachers just like Miss Johnson that wish to take these students to a better place of education. To prove that it is not always the way it looks like on the surroundings, it all lies within one-self. This is a book that I would most definitely recommend to anyone who loves to read about life this would be a great book to relate to life itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a new teacher, Miss Johnson, who believes everyone is a good person. She is a new teacher tat a corrupt school where most of the students come from impoverished families in which education is not advocated. Her unique teaching techniques change her students, for the better, one by one. However, teaching students who dont want to be taught has its difficulties. The teachers adventures with her studetns are interesting and thought provoking. It is a good thing the book is not much like the movie because it makes the book less predictable. The many surprises and close calls effectively keep readers interested in the text. Throughout the entire book, Miss Johnson discusses very few of the mistakes she made. Being a new teacher, and a human, she must have made mistakes somewhere along the line; however, her mistakes aren't mentioned. Discussing her flaws would have made her more human-like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a new teacher, Miss Johnson, believes everyone is a good person. She is a new teacher at a corrupt school where most of the students come from impoverished families in which education is not advocated. Her uniques teaching techniques change her students, for the better, one by one. However, teaching students who dont want to be taught has its difficulties. The teachers adventures with her students are ineteresting and thought provoking. It is a good thing the book is not much like the movie because it makes the book less predictable. The many surprises and close calls effectively keep readers interested in the text. Throughout the entire book, Miss Johnson, discusses very few of the mistakes she made. Being a new teacher, and a human, she must have made mistakes somewhere along the line; however, her mistakes aren't mentioned. Discussing her flaws would have made her more human-like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Dangerous Minds, previously published as 'My Posse Don't do Homewor,' by Lou Anne Johnso was a outstanding book. I really enjoyed it because it explains a lot of the problems that go on in teenage life. It's great to know that there are teacher's that are out there trying to work as hard as they can. It also is great to know that sometimes the teacher in the story wants to give up, but won't let herself. It was a well written book and definitaly a great one fo youth readers. This boo is more then a 10. I really enjoyed how there was flashbacks, and how the teacher just kept givig her all. We get to go inside a teachers mind and see how they feel most times. It wa a very interesting book, and I think everyone will think so too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Dangerous Minds' previously published as 'My Posse Don't Do Homework' is an excellent book for future teachers to read. This book powerfully motivates new teachers to view many kinds of students and help them in such away that will help them succeed in and outside the classroom. This teacher developed a classroom setting that taught students how to learn and believe in themselves. She gave them hope when the adminstration, faculty, and families of the children did not care. Her style of teaching will show teachers that they should not give up and they should always continue to reach out to their students.