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The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and…

The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City…

by Ed Boland

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The Battle for Room 314 is a must-read for anyone contemplating a career in teaching high school or junior high students--particularly those with a romantic notion of saving inner-city kids and changing the world with their passion. As Ed Boland realized early on in an attempted career switch, it's not as easy as it seems. Boland relates his experience teaching history in the New York school system honestly, allowing the reader to see his frustration, pain and doubts. Not that the book is an entirely negative view of the profession. It's not. In fact, by the end of the book, I felt that the author had made the only sane decision he could, by deciding to return to his previous career in fundraising. He grew personally from his difficult experience battling for students' attention and efforts, and not surprisingly, their respect. And Boland did make connections and influence some students. Each reader needs to ask him or herself, however, at what price did those successes come? As a trained secondary school teacher, who student taught in an inner city school and has a few years of subbing under her belt, I commend Ed Boland for writing a brutally honest look at teaching. The questions included at the end of the book are thought provoking and necessary--they will surely be helpful to those who consider them before launching themselves into the arena of public education. Interesting and emotionally touching, The Battle for Room 314 will be a satisfying read for just about anyone, even those who are familiar with the business of teaching or those who are quite content doing something else. ( )
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