There Are No Shortcuts

There Are No Shortcuts

by Rafe Esquith
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There Are No Shortcuts by Rafe Esquith

Year after year, Rafe Esquith’s fifth-grade students excel. They read passionately, far above their grade level; tackle algebra; and stage Shakespeare so professionally that they often wow the great Shakespearen actor himself, Sir Ian McKellen. Yet Esquith teaches at an L.A. innercity school known as the Jungle, where few of his students speak English at home, and many are from poor or troubled families. What’s his winning recipe? A diet of intensive learning mixed with a lot of kindness and fun. His kids attend class from 6:30 A.M. until well after 4:00 P.M., right through most of their vacations. They take field trips to Europe and Yosemite. They play rock and roll. Mediocrity has no place in their classroom. And the results follow them for life, as they go on to colleges such as Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford.
Possessed by a fierce idealism, Esquith works even harder than his students. As an outspoken maverick of public education (his heroes include Huck Finn and Atticus Finch), he admits to significant mistakes and heated fights with administrators and colleagues. We all—teachers, parents, citizens—have much to learn from his candor and uncompromising vision.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307491800
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/19/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Rafe Esquith has taught at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles for nineteen years. He is the product of the Los Angeles public schools and a graduate of UCLA. His many honors and awards include a National Medal of the Arts, the 1992 Disney National Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, a Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship from Johns Hopkins University, Parents magazine’s As You Grow Award, Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award, and an MBE from Queen Elizabeth. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Barbara Tong.


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There Are No Shortcuts 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rafe's commitment and concern for the children of the city is transparent in this easy to read narrative of a no excuses approach to teaching and learning. It is a good book for college students preparing to teach in the city or as a book club reader as a discussion starter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book lead me to his latest book, "Teach as if your Hair's on Fire," which I found refreshing for the state of teaching today. It is a great demonstration of what teachers *can* do, and of how dis-empowering the public education system has become. Thanks.
gilbertteacher More than 1 year ago
If I had read this book before reading "Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire", I would have skipped that book. Rafe Esquith is highly successful with his students and his teaching techniques but his methods are unrealistic for teachers who are devoted to family, friends, church, and charities along with teaching. I found his account of becoming sick while in a motel with students especially disturbing. He became sick because of pushing himself beyond human limits with his extra jobs and lack of sleep. Not only does he leave students alone in their hotel rooms but when he becomes sick, he is not even in the hotel. I would never encourage teachers to adopt his lifestyle of teaching methods. His criticism of other teachers violates the many creeds he expects students to live by, the first being "Be kind." Though well-written, this book was annoying in many ways and I was tempted to leave it unfinished.
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I'm not usually a fan of books on cd. I did however enjoy listening to the stories on this particular cd. The stories are told to encourage people who work with, or have children, to set high realistic standards for themselves as well for their students/children. While Mr. Esquith is tactfully honest with his words; I did choose to listen to this while in the car on the way to work because while I was listening to it in the house some colorful language (that is honestly used) came up. My four year old grandson didn't miss a beat and was questionably repeating it. I would also recommend the book Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire by the same author.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! The author is so generous! I was able to find an email for him and he spent 30 minutes on the phone with me helping me apply his ideas to my younger children. I am a homeschool mom and it definitely energized me and showed me how much more I can fit into my day! What an inspiration! Thanks, Rafe for working at 2 am to get this book out for all of us. Pam S.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rafe Esquith is by far the best educator around. His undivided devotion to his craft and his strong moral and ethical foundation have given him a gift beyond anything one could expect of a public school teacher, the faith to believe in the infiniate potential of every student to walk through his doors, and the clarity to help them see it and ultimately reach it. He creates a 'culture of excellence' in a world ravaged by crime and poverty. His work is a must read for anyone involved in education, teachers, parents, and administrators (if you can stomach his criticism of the people he's worked under over the years.) Don't stop at his books, this is a guy to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definite recommended reading for all educators and parents, but especially for those teaching in similar situations. Not another 'my way is the only way' book to harangue us into change, but an invitation to explore and improve teaching by sharing our passion for learning with students. Thought provoking and timely.