My pal Brendan’s writing for GOOD Magazine about the trials, tribulations, and, at risk of over-alliteration, triumphs of his two years of teaching in the South Bronx:
Students had resisted previous assignments, but never had I encountered talk of burning the materials, as I did with Animal Farm. Some students had accumulated so many negative reading experiences that they professed to hate books. One student who read less than half of Animal Farm wrote in his survey that “I don’t like reading if it’s not about sports. Other books give me headaches.”
If you’re thinking of spending a few years with Teach for America, you’d do well to check out his weekly posts.