The custodian of a public school is the unseen fly on the wall, the inside observer, and the unexpected philosopher about all that goes on within our troubled school system. A lifetime of experience inside public school as both a student and a worker is compiled into this fascinating read that is half memoir and half social commentary-and wholly unique.
Personal stories cover everything from demanding teachers, unreal messes, and daily frustrations of this overlooked occupation to higher-level musings on the American public school system itself. Lessons can be pulled from each moment-if one is willing to adopt a different perspective.
Outside the neat pages of textbooks, a whole new way of looking at the world awaits. But every day, students and teachers continue their routines without seeing life's most interesting details or issues. They stop being fascinated by a fish's ability to breathe underwater, never wonder where the pounds of trash collected every day end up, and don't have time to truly learn due to limiting state mandates. For many students, the system is simply failing.
This straight-shooting, humorous analysis doesn't shy away from asking hard questions or exposing day-to-day vexations. The stakes are high-the outcome involves our children's futures.
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About the Author
Tim Will Hunting, creator of the podcast and blog The Custodian Chronicles, has nearly fifteen years of experience working as a custodian in American public schools.
Born in the United States, he has numerous creative interests that involve music, dance, entertainment, and the written word. Lead singer for the alternative rock band The Native Alien Tribe, he has also released several hip-hop albums as a solo artist and has worked as a professional dancer and master of ceremonies throughout the tristate area for various entertainment companies.
Among his other skills, Hunting has been a longtime practitioner of the martial arts, specializing in Brazilian jiujitsu. He lives on Long Island, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We live in such a disposable society that we no longer teach our children the purpose or repurpose of things. Sure we have the recycle bin and that makes us feel good – but what about reuse, less packaging – going to the source of the issue? That’s what this book does – it suggests we go to the source. Start when the kids are young in our homes and schools so maybe by the time they reach general society they are an asset and not a drain. With a lot of humor and a ton of common sense, this author presents a realistic view of not just our school system but our world.