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Ms. Moffett's First Year: Becoming a Teacher in America / Edition 1

Ms. Moffett's First Year: Becoming a Teacher in America / Edition 1

by Abby Goodnough
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Goodnough, a reporter for the New York Times since 1995, is now the paper's Miami bureau chief. In August 2000 she first met Donna Moffett, a 45-year-old legal secretary who answered an ad for a new program seeking "talented professionals" from other fields to teach in New York City's most troubled schools. From September 2000 to June 2001, Goodnough chronicled Moffett's experiences at Public School 92 in Brooklyn in a series of front-page articles for the Times. Here she expands that series into a book that provides an inside view of "the gulf between rhetoric and reality in today's urban schools." Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13: 2901586483806
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 02/07/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Abby Goodnough spent the last four of her eight years on the metropolitan desk of The New York Times covering New York City schools. In 2003 she was named Miami Bureau Chief. Born in New York City, a graduate of Cornell University, she currently lives in Miami.

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Tracy Kidder

The politics of public education are often maddening, but always important. One of the virtues of this book is that it makes them both comprehensible and interesting, by making them a part of the setting for a tale that can never grow old: the story of an idealistic teacher laboring through her first year in the classroom. It is a moving story - heartbreaking, infuriating, delightful. I came away grateful for Ms. Moffett, all the more because of her inevitable false steps and travail. This book is an engrossing antidote to all the current sloganeering and special pleading that infect national discourse on education.
author of Among Schoolchildren and Mountains Beyond Mountains

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Ms. Moffett's First Year: Becoming a Teacher in America 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the book about Ms. Moffett, Goodnough talks a lot about politics and tragedies that happened at the Brooklyn elementary school. The book is boring, because everything is related with politics from the beginning until the end. Overall, there is not a lot of develop other than politics and economy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms.Moffett was a competent secreatary in law firm. But she wanted to make her life rich. So she challaged to the elementary school teacher. During she had taught there for one year, she struggled with their students and poor school system. As time went by,she realized what was the real teacher throught her real experiences. By teaching them, she came to be maturalized naturally. So I'd like to recommend this book those who are desperate in their life. Also it is helpful for teachers to rethink education.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a well written, informational book about the poor school districts in New York. The story of Ms. Moffett and her expedition to become part of the struggle of improving the school system is an interesting tale, but this book also holds many facts that can weigh down the unprepared reader. There are many details covering the politics running New York and the corruption keeping the poor districts poor. Goodnough is an excellent author and stays unbiased throughout the book, which leaves the reader to create their own ideas and feelings. This was an OK book, and I have learned quite a bit of useful background on poor school systems. I recommend this book to those doing school projects on the education subject and those students planning on becoming teachers. In fact, anyone can read this book if they please - knowledge can only be gained.