Teacher at Point Blank: Confronting Sexuality, Violence, and Secrets in a Suburban School

Teacher at Point Blank: Confronting Sexuality, Violence, and Secrets in a Suburban School

by Jo Scott-Coe

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Teacher at Point Blank: Confronting Sexuality, Violence, and Secrets in a Suburban School by Jo Scott-Coe

Teacher at Point Blank answers this question at a time when concerns about school performance, safety, and teacher attrition are at an all-time and often anxious high. Meditating on subtle and overt forms of violence in secondary public education from an up-close and "pink collar" point of view, Jo Scott-Coe examines her own workplace as a microcosm of the national compulsory K-12 system, where teachers-now nearly 80% women-find themselves idealized and disparaged, expected to embody the dedication of parents, the coldness of data managers, and the obedience of Stepford spouses.

Haunted and compelled forward by memories of a classmate who commits suicide on campus, a former teacher-colleague who dies all alone, Hollywood fantasies of the "ideal teacher," and chronic reports of school violence and increasing gender crime, Scott-Coe reveals how her hopes, past and present, struggle for breath at the point blank of denial, confinement, addiction, isolation, hostility, subliminal eroticism-and, at times, a healthy dose of fear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781879960848
Publisher: Aunt Lute Books
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author


Jo Scott-Coe's writing on intersections of education, gender, and violence has appeared in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Swink, Memoir (and), Babel Fruit, Ruminate, and Green Mountains Review.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Teaching at Point Blank 21

In/Out 45

Bunkers, Cysts 49

Calling 59

The Seven-Year Itch 65

Appreciation Day 85

Teacher Training 9-11 87

Course Contents 93

Don't Touch the Children 109

In the Body of Mary Kay 111

Recovering Teacher 131

How Data Will Save Us 145

Half-Hour Lunch 151

Domestic Order Suite 157

Teeth, Leaf, and Tongues 163

The Recesses of High School 173

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