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When Teachers Talk: Principal Abuse of Teachers / The Untold Story

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Rosalyn Susanne Schnall

"Rosalyn Schnall points a laser beam into the minds of teachers. I applaud her dedication to this project and urge everyone to read this like our children’s future depends on it—It does."  —Karen Horwitz, M.Ed, author, … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Education, Teachers, Public Schools, Public Education, School Principals
Author: Rosalyn Susanne Schnall
Publisher: Goldenring Publishing, LLC
1 review about When Teachers Talk: Principal Abuse of Teachers...

It may be one-sided but it does expose problems

  • Dec 20, 2009
Rating:
+5
"When Teachers Talk" exposes some of the hidden truths in the teaching profession. In order to have success with students it takes the combined effort of effective funding, parents, teachers, and principals. As the husband of a teacher I have similar stories to those found in "When Teachers Talk" - it is obvious that a bad or ineffective principal can kill the motivation of an entire school. Does this make sense? It should, since an ineffective manager or CEO will doom an entire business. Think of the old adage - people quit a boss and not a job.

"When Teacher Talks" Exposes-

- Some principals play favorites with teachers
- Uneven discipline can undermine the teachers efforts
- Principles who are overly political and pander to the school board
- Unfair treatment of teachers
- How the Teacher's Union can be undermined and rendered ineffective

You can change the word "Principle' with "Manager" and you realize that these are the same problems that are faced in industry. The primary difference is that when a principle is ineffective the students suffer.

Are the interviews/write-ups one-sided? Absolutely, and I am sure that some (maybe even many) of the teachers who provided stories have their own issues. However, there is truth in what they write. To use another familiar "Where there is smoke there is fire." Ms. Schnall should be applauded for exposing an area of the education process that is often ignored.

Final verdict - I would recommend "When Teacher talk" to parents, principles and school board members. Teachers... may want to avoid it, since it will likely just make them upset by relaying stories that they have lived first hand.

4 1/2 stars

----Please note that I reviewed a free promotional copy which was provided by the author/publisher--

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