Journalist discovers teaching is harder than it looks

08/7/2008 | Teacher Magazine (free registration)

Curious about the state of U.S. schools, journalist Christina Asquith in 1999 earned an emergency-certification to teach in a low-income Philadelphia school. In her new book, "The Emergency Teacher: The Inspirational Story of a New Teacher in an Inner City School," she warns new teachers that turning a classroom around is much harder than it looks: "Too many teachers burn themselves out by spending all their afternoons and their nights and their weekends trying to help rescue students from bigger issues, like poverty or parental neglect or whatever other sort of baggage they come to the classroom with," she says in this Q-and-A.

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