Monday, July 21, 2008

There are No Shortcuts by Rafe Esquith

Rafe Esquith is an absolutely amazing teacher. In his book There are No Shortcuts, he talks about how he took his inner city fifth graders from being poor/mediocre students to being great and above average. He adopted the theme There are No Shortcuts for his class to teach them that learning takes work. He gives some ideas to teachers and parents on how to foster the love of learning in the students. He also gives a list of his favorite books, as he explains :"Let's face it: reading is the most important subject in school. It's more important than all other other subjects combined. If a child can't learn to read well and love to read, the chances of that kid finding success and happiness on any level are low." I enjoyed reading this book although the attitude in the book is one of anger towards the administrators, government, co-workers and sometimes even the parents of his students. He repeats himself many times throughout the book. If you are going to be a teacher of any kind you may want to check this book out, but I don't recommend this to everyone.

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