FREE SHIPPING BOTH WAYS
ON EVERY ORDER!
LIST PRICE:
$19.95

Sorry, this item is currently unavailable.

Teaching in the Terrordome : Two Years in West Baltimore with Teach for America

ISBN: 9780826219862 | 0826219861
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Missouri Pr
Pub. Date: 9/20/2012

Why Rent from Knetbooks?

Because Knetbooks knows college students. Our rental program is designed to save you time and money. Whether you need a textbook for a semester, quarter or even a summer session, we have an option for you. Simply select a rental period, enter your information and your book will be on its way!

Top 5 reasons to order all your textbooks from Knetbooks:

  • We have the lowest prices on thousands of popular textbooks
  • Free shipping both ways on ALL orders
  • Most orders ship within 48 hours
  • Need your book longer than expected? Extending your rental is simple
  • Our customer support team is always here to help
Only fifty percent of kids growing up in poverty will earn a high school diploma. Just one in ten will graduate college. Compelled by these troubling statistics, Heather Kirn Lanier joined Teach For America (TFA), a program that thrusts eager but inexperienced college graduates into America's most impoverished areas to teach, asking them to do whatever is necessary to catch their disadvantaged kids up to the rest of the nation. With little more than a five-week teacher boot camp and the knowledge that David Simon referred to her future school as "The Terrordome," the altruistic and na´ve Lanier devoted herself to attaining the program's goals but met obstacles on all fronts. The building itself was in such poor condition that tiles fell from the ceiling at random. Kids from the halls barged into classes all day, disrupting even the most carefully planned educational activities. In the middle of one lesson, a wandering student lit her classroom door on fire. Some colleagues, instantly suspicious of TFA's intentions, withheld their help and supplies. ("They think you're trying to 'save' the children," one teacher said.) And though high school students can be by definition resistant, in west Baltimore they threw eggs, slashed tires, and threatened teachers' lives. Within weeks, Lanier realized that the task she was charged with-achieving quantifiable gains in her students' learning-would require something closer to a miracle. Superbly written and eternally timely, Teaching in the Terrordomecasts an unflinching gaze on one of America's "dropout factory" high schools. Though Teach For America often touts its most successful teacher stories, Lanier's powerful memoir illuminates a more common experience of "Teaching For America" with thoughtful complexity, a poet's eye, and an engaging voice. As hard as Lanier worked to become a competent teacher, she found that in The Terrordome, idealism wasn't enough. To persevere, she had to rely on grit, humility, a little comedy, and a willingness to look failure in the face. As she adjusted to a chaotic school administration, crumbling facilities, burned-out colleagues, and students who perceived their school for the failure it was, she gained perspective on the true state of the crisis TFA sets out to solve. Ultimately, she discovered that contrary to her intentions, survival in the so-called Charm City wasa high expectation.


Please wait while this item is added to your cart...