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“Edmundson’s message of the world-changing importance of good high school teaching is more than ever one we need to hear. It’s rarely delivered with such passion, good humor and sympathy.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Wonderfully clear-eyed about the pains and pleasures of learning . . . One of the more inspiring days at school in recent memory.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A testimony to the magic that can occur . . . when the right teacher meets a receptive student.” —The Christian Science Monitor
“A brilliant memoir, smart, vividly dramatic, and wry.” —Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air
“One of the best traits of Teacher is the author’s honesty. . . . By the book’s end, it’s a good bet a reader might think, ‘Hey, I wouldn’t mind taking a class from that guy.’ That’s about the highest praise a teacher can get.” —San Jose Mercury News
“Chockablock with wit, detail, and surprisingly clear-eyed memory. . . Powerful.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Rich with metaphoric prose and inlaid with lovely storytelling. . . . Brings to mind Robert Coles’s memorable writing about Perry Miller.” —The Washington Post
“An affectionate but unsentimental homage. . . We are taken on a compelling journey down the corridor of that most perilous and fateful of institutions–the American high school. A terrific book.” —Billy Collins, Poet Laureate and author of Sailing Around the Room
“Masterfully demonstrates the power of one man’s belief in the power of ideas to change lives.” —The Charlotte Observer
“We suspect it happens every day, but not often enough. . . A teacher makes a difference. Finally, here is the testimonial we are looking for. . . Hurrah to Mr. Lears and thanks to Mark Edmundson for validating the dream.” —Tampa Tribune
“A poignant memoir, a self-analysis that shares revelations and insights that widely apply to those gawky teenage years, and the liberation that comes from intellectual awakening.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“A touching tribute. . . A humorous, vivid recollection of friends, teammates, and antagonists who accompanied [Edmundson] through high school in the ‘60s. . . Sure to resonate deeply with readers.” —BookPage
“A worthwhile read. . . Teacher is written in two voices: Edmundson as a high school student and as an accomplished academic. . . [He] weaves these two conversations into a thoughtful and engaging memoir.” —Rocky Mountain News
Posted January 27, 2006
As someone who has had the pleasure of being Mark Edmundson's student, I could be biased, but even objectively, this memoir deserves no less than four stars (out of five). The prose employed demonstrates an elegant flair, weaving together philosophy, humor and sensibility. The author describes his high school philosophy teacher who was instrumental in his transformation from a football jock, whose bleak prospects included picking up trash for the city, to an Ivy League graduate student and now an accomplished professor. The story is told in such a way that it is an intellectual quest for both the hero and the reader, as it is peppered with accessible philosophical references. While this book focuses on an inspirational teacher, Edmundson does not fail to incorporate other aspects into his bildungsroman (e.g. his relationship with his father, America in the late sixties) and thereby rendering it personal in more ways than one. _Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference_ is for those who are moved by ¿Dead Poets Society¿ and/or drawn to writing that has the power to make one want to cry at least once and laugh out loud on several occasions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2005
I had to practice my speed reading strategy to force myself to finish the book. I would not recommend this book, it is boring. The author goes in circles of about ten pages to finish one thought. Reading this book was a waste of my time and money.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 31, 2003
I had to force myself to finish this book...I took me until about he last 50 pages to get really into the book. The authors descriptions were long and complete, which at times made the book too boring to read. It did have some great and histarical moments, but probably not worth your time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.