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The Teachers by Alexandra Robbins
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Mar 14, 2023 | ISBN 9781101986752

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“[An] infuriating and heartbreaking story. “Teachers” reads like a great liberal arts lesson, with plenty of research to back up the book’s implications.” —New York Times

“Never before have I read any work that so clearly depicts the current realities of teaching in America’s public schools…for those who seek a fuller understanding of what educators are coping with these days, it should prove invaluable. And for those who most need to read it — those in a position to effect change in the lives of conscientious and talented teachers who are considering abandoning the profession — one can only hope that its message will be heeded before it is too late.” —Washington Post

“[A] call to action that as a nation, as communities, we owe our teachers much more than we are giving” —Associated Press

The Teachers is a must read for all non-teachers who want to better understand the profession and for all teachers who want to feel seen. It’s an extraordinary work that combines broad scope, tight focus, telling details, and the voices of dozens and dozens of actual teachers.” —Forbes

“…journalist Robbins’ book offers a behind-the-scenes, year-in-the-life account of three teachers and their joys and challenges.” USA Today

“This deeply researched and impressive study brings home the fact that America underinvests in the education of its children—and that teachers step in to fill the gaps.” Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

“An important and eye-opening book that all parents, teachers, and educational administrators should read.” Kirkus (STARRED REVIEW)

“This thoughtful, page-turning work gives insight into the day-to-day lives and concerns of teachers, both inside and outside of their work…VERDICT This involving look at the teaching profession is recommended for any library with an education collection and where there is community interest.” Library Journal

“A riveting, must-read, year-in-the-life account of three teachers, combined with reporting that reveals what’s really going on behind school doors.” —Next Big Idea Club

“A remarkable piece of storytelling that weaves together the personal trials (and triumphs) of individual teachers with extraordinary reporting about the real, and often toxic, work conditions facing this critical profession. As the son of a high-school teacher, the stories struck a personal chord. As a parent, they make me want to thank a teacher every day. And as a citizen, they are a call to arms to save the future of our country by lifting up the profession that molds and shapes our most important asset—our children.”—Jeffrey Selingo, New York Times bestselling author of Who Gets In and Why

“It was literally thrilling to read The Teachers. I can’t remember another book that is so deeply informed about the nobility, the rewards, and the struggles of the teaching profession. It is a beautiful testimony to the men and women who shape the next generation of Americans, usually without the public support and resources they need and deserve.” —Diane Ravitch, Historian and national bestselling author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System

“As a parent, I wonder about what my child’s teachers might be really going through. In The Teachers, the answer is by turns inspiring, heartbreaking and maddening. Robbins pulls back the veil on the lives of the teachers shaping who our kids are becoming — and the system that so often undermines their efforts. This book will not only make you smarter about the state of American teachers, but it will ignite you to act. Through the eyes of the teachers we come to know intimately in this book, the Teachers will change the way you think about American education.” —Rachel Simmons, national bestselling author of Odd Girl Out

“Phenomenal” —Professional Book Nerds

“Do not miss this book…. An encouraging and uplifting read, capturing how teachers find ways to rise and meet the many challenges they face… Robbins captures not just the human reality of teaching, but the ways in which teaching is a deeply human endeavor, centering on the best of what human beings can be. Or to put it another way, in my fifth year of retirement, nothing has made me miss the classroom more than reading this book.” Peter Greene, Curmudgucation

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