Noble Poverty

Noble Poverty

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a€œI used to hate it when my teachers complained about money. Now I see why they did.a€a€”Jim Kohl. Jim Kohl didna€™t always know what he wanted to do, but ever since he a€˜found himselfa€™ he wanted to teach. He never wanted to be part of corporate life, he wanted to a€œbe there for the kidsa€ and help them to learn to think for themselves. He took a job at an inner city school teaching seventh-grade English, and he was always happy standing in front of his students in Room 5. Five years into teaching, Jim came to the sad realization that a teachera€™s salary was not going to support his family of five in Californiaa€™s a€œSilicon Valley, a€ one of the most expensive housing areas in the country. Jim was faced with one of the toughest decisions of his life. He was forced to choose between the job he was born to do and the family that he loved. Join Jim for an insidera€™s look into Californiaa€™s public school system. Laugh along with him and the wonderful children he had the opportunity to work with. See first hand the poverty experienced by the practitioners of our most noble profession.a€œOne thing that is a great idea, a€ bubbled the tall blond one, a€œis to make paper apples out of red and green construction paper. ... It became obvious quickly that this orientation was geared toward elementary teachers. ... I stopped listening when she was saying something about making a growth chart with all the students heights at the beginning of the year, which ... Dona#39;t get me wrong, all the ideas were cute and very nice for elementary, but none of them were geared for middle school.

Title:Noble Poverty
Author: Jim Kohl
Publisher:iUniverse - 2000-12

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