No Child Left Behind?

No Child Left Behind? : The True Story of a Teacher's Quest

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Elizabeth Blake's search for her life's purpose takes her into the violent, emotional world of inner-city high schools as a science teacher. "No Child Left Behind? The true story of a teacher's quest"; explores her inspirational fight for students others have left behind. Despite struggling with the stress of gangs, drugs, shootings and uncooperative administrators, the students capture her heart. While she searches for a way to reach them, they teach her to become a wiser, stronger person. Her final quest turns to discovering God's purpose for sending her on this difficult, and at times frightening, journey.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 12.7mm | 430.91g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1587768798
  • 9781587768798
  • 2,564,377

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Anyone interested in America's current state of public education should read this book. It puts faces on children left behind. -- Patrick Blake "New York based producer of the critically acclaimed, award winning plays The Exonerated and In the Continuum."
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Elizabeth Blake\'s story, as recounted in the pages of her book, is one throughout which I was constantly asking \"What next!?\". The events she describes sometimes beggar belief. I found myself incredulously thinking \"How could people in responsible positions behave like that?\" only to find, on subsequent pages, there was worse to come. That Elizabeth found ways to deal with the many difficult situations she encountered, to push herself further than many would have gone, and not to give up without a fight in the face of overwhelming adversity, is a testament to her strength of character. The book may be in need, here and there, of a good editor\'s attention - it\'s a little rough around the edges in places - but what it lacks in polished writing is made up for in the content of her absorbing story. I constantly wanted to know what happened next. I feel I should also point out that those who don\'t share Elizabeth\'s belief that a god (she spells it with a capital G) has a plan for every individual, might find her assertions in that area a little off-putting. But whatever a person\'s beliefs may be, there is no denying that Elizabeth\'s helped her not only deal with some very difficult situations at the time, but also enabled her to find a way to continue doing her utmost to ensure that no child she taught was left behind, even though, despite having sometimes gone an extra five miles, let alone one, she was not always successful. Whatever else you may get from reading her book, Elizabeth\'s personal story shows that there is hope for more
by Jo S Wun
This memoir of teaching at-risk students was a finalist in the 2009 Premier Book Awards national book contest, memoir category. Dramatic, yet hopeful, true story of obstacles Blake fought while teaching high school science in an inner-city school. Gangs, drugs, abusive principals, shootings, murdered students, all wore her down, but the joys of teaching kept her going. Called \"Fantastic\", \"The Up the Down Staircase of the 21st century\", \"A wonderful piece of writing\", this memoir will touch your heart. For anyone who has wondered about their purpose in life and struggles to discover why things more
by Elizabeth Blake
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