The Emergency Teacher: The Inspirational Story of a New Teacher in an Inner-City School

The Emergency Teacher: The Inspirational Story of a New Teacher in an Inner-City School

by Christina Asquith
     
 

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The Emergency Teacher is Christina Asquith’s moving firsthand account of her year spent teaching in one of Philadelphia’s worst schools. Told with striking humor and honesty, her story begins when the School District of Philadelphia, faced with 1,500 teacherless classrooms, instituted a policy of hiring “emergency certified” teachers

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The Emergency Teacher is Christina Asquith’s moving firsthand account of her year spent teaching in one of Philadelphia’s worst schools. Told with striking humor and honesty, her story begins when the School District of Philadelphia, faced with 1,500 teacherless classrooms, instituted a policy of hiring “emergency certified” teachers to fill the void. Asquith, a twenty-five-year-old reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, joined their untrained ranks. Assigned to a classroom known as “the Badlands,” she was told to “sink or swim.”

More challenging than the classroom are the trials she faces outside it, including the antics of an overwhelmed first-year principal, the politics that prevent a million-dollar grant from reaching her students, and the administration’s shocking insistence that teachers maintain the appearance of success in the face of utter defeat, even if it means falsifying test scores. Asquith tells a classic story of succeeding against insurmountable odds.

With a foreword by bestselling author Mark Bowden and an introduction by award-winning educator Dr. Harry K. Wong, The Emergency Teacher will inspire every teacher—be they first-timers or experienced professionals—to make a difference.

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When young Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Christina Asquith accepted a teaching job at one of Philadelphia's most dangerous schools, she received many pieces of advice: "Just remember that you're in charge. The most important thing is discipline." "Don't smile until Thanksgiving." "Never enter a showdown you can't win." And some people just wondered aloud whether she was crazy. What she learned during her rough immersion will challenge and bolster the spirits of anyone who wants to believe in public education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781629146508
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
662,551
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Christina Asquith is a former reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and has written for The New York Times, The Economist, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has a master's degree in Educational Philosophy from The London School of Economics and Politics. She lives in Washington, D.C. Her web site is christinareporting.com

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