Fingernails on the Chalkboard: An Insider's Look Into the Public Education System

Fingernails on the Chalkboard: An Insider's Look Into the Public Education System

by Lanny K. Cook


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937756086
Publisher: Deep River Books
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lanny Cook has been involved in public education for 28 years. Doctor of Ministry. Newburgh Theological Seminary; Master of Arts, Public School Administration. University of Phoenix; Master of Education, Colorado State University; Bachelor of Education, Colorado State University. Author of three books, poet, actor and husband to Debbie.

Table of Contents

A Word from the Author 11

Chapter 1 Limitless Potential 15

Chapter 2 A Lesson in Futility! 31

Chapter 3 Fingernails on the Chalkboard 39

Chapter 4 The Reason We Teach 49

Chapter 5 The Reality of Teaching 65

Chapter 6 Take a Memo, Maria 77

Chapter 7 Going to Hell for an In-Service Training 93

Chapter 8 Did You Say Mentor or Tormentor? 103

Chapter 9 The Buck Stops Here 123

Chapter 10 Not-So-Common Sense, or Educational Wisdom 135

Chapter 11 Uncontrolled Local Control 151

Chapter 12 Educational Battlefields 167

Chapter 13 The Accountability Factor 181

Chapter 14 Hope for Tomorrows Generation 197

Endnotes 211

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From the Publisher

"Fingernails on the Chalkboard is a book that every educator should read. It provides a penetrating look into the problems and successes found in most high schools." Lester R. Arnold, Retired High School Principal & District Administrator "This book is a masterful blend of experiences in education. It represents insights into the reality of various roles in teaching, as well as, the significant difference educators make in a variety of ways. Rich examples capture your attention and are blended with humor and passion." Roger Ellis - Retired High School Principal and Teacher Education Adjunct Faculty for Metropolitan State College of Denver "Dr. Cook, having spent twenty-eight years as an alumnus instructor, department chairman, and vocational director at one of the most challenging high schools in Colorado, has written a book that provides personal insight into every facet of the educational process within today's public school system. Fingernails on the Chalkboard is a book that should be made available in every teacher-training college in the United States to give education majors an actual accounting into the inner workings of the public school system." -Robert D. Williams, Retired Teacher; 36 years experience in Colorado and Nebraska "Lanny Cook has written an insightful and instructive book that gives readers vivid examples of how the politics at all levels of education can sabotage the educational process. He artfully describes the powerful, often life-changing, influence that the best teachers have on their students. Fingernails on the Chalkboard provides a platform for deep professional conversation and reflection." Shirley Ellis - Retired Elementary Principal and current Teacher Education Adjunct Faculty for Metropolitan State College of Denver

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