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It's Your Time You're Wasting: A Teacher's Tales of Classroom Hell (Frank Chalk Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Frank Chalk

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Présentation de l'éditeur

Frank Chalk is an ordinary teacher in an ordinary British school... a school where the kids get drunk, beat up the teachers and take drugs - when they can be bothered to turn up.

It's Your Time You're Wasting is the blackly humorous diary of a year in his working life.

Chalk confiscates porn, booze and errant trainers, fends off angry parents and worries about the conscientious pupils whose lives and futures are being systematically wrecked, recording his experiences in a funny and readable book.

He offers top tips for dealing with unruly kids, muses on the shortcomings of the staff (including his own) and even spots the occasional spark of hope amid all the despair.

Prepare to be horrified and amused by the unvarnished truth about the bottom end of our state education system. A must-read for parents, teachers and anyone who cares about our country's future.

From the Author:

I started out as a nice liberal bloke who thought the best of everyone. I changed, over time. This book is dedicated to the good kids - there are plenty of them, but they're being slowly crushed by the bad - and several hundred thousand hard-working teachers, who do their best against the impossible odds created by our mad, politically-correct nightmare of an education system. It's a funny book - I hope - with a serious message; the time for talking is over. We need to sort our schools out now, before it really is too late.

Frank Chalk.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 226 pages
  • Editeur : Monday Books (16 décembre 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004GEAM1S
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hilarious but also sad 21 mai 2010
Par Aquinas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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My wife is a secondary school teacher and over the years she has regaled me with stories which have bordered on the unbelievable - kids telling their teachers to **** off, even going so far as to threaten staff with violence and absolutely nothing happens in the form of punishment. Anyway the impression I have got from my wife was that a culture of appeasement was in operation in many of our schools. I wanted to test whether that was true and thus picked up this book by an ex-teacher who thought for many years in rough inner city schools.

This book is hilarious - the author should consider a career as a comedian! He had me in stitches but at the same time the book is a sad one because one is conscious of wasted and destroyed lives, a teaching environment which over the last 40 years has almost been destroyed by the actions of the intelligentsia in our society. And, lets be clear it is the intelligentsia with their idiotic ideas about the human person with their refusal to accept that human beings need to be thought the ways of virtue - we don't necessarily gravitate towards goodness - indeed, as beings, we are pulled in both directions, we wish to do good but often doing what is bad appears to be better fun and gives instantaneous kicks. Thus, the author encounters in his career nonsensical psychobabble where he is encouraged to let kids express themselves which in the context of the uniform policy means letting them dress like hoodlums or prostitutes. The author makes the excellent point that by not dealing with the miscreants and not excluding them we are in effect discriminating against those in the class who wish to learn.

Thus, we have a culture of "pandering to the every whim of kids", "allowing them to destroy the lives of their fellow pupils". And he notes that if teachers are not allowed to instil discipline and respect and responsibility into the kids, are we not moulding such kids to be misfits, completely unfit for the modern work environment. Is that why we have over 2 million unemployed and yet our hospitals must be staffed by a huge percentage of non-European nationals. Can it be that difficult to give out the food and cups of tea in hospital that we have to go recruiting abroad?

But, this is where the author sees the problem, namely it lies in the benefits culture -we have created a cadre of people who simply do not wish to work and learning this unique attitude of not working seems to begin in the schools where every sort of shoddy behaviour is tolerated, where deadlines for handing in work are completely ignored - how can such kids transition to the work environment where arriving at 9AM is not optional but obligatory - all their school life has told them that all rules are optional and through pleading or bad behaviour can be completely circumvented. He notes that "Kids have to be bribed outrageously to do even the most mundane of tasks. This is known as rewarding achievement". All it leads to, as he notes is "the tail wagging the dog". But also teachers are no longer allowed to make honest assessments of pupils' work - instead a kind of code is in operation which means that one must always be positive when quite a negative message may need to be given if the pupil is not to lose his way. Thus, one has to write: "Wayne does his best under close supervision", when what you really mean is "Wayne is a lazy, bone-idle lump who will not do a stroke of work unless you beat him"

The author wisely sees thought that where is not one problem but many interlocking problems; the kids do not respect authority, their gods are money and appearance, they have little or no attention span and have no control of themselves having spent all their lives as automatons in front of the TV and other forms of entertainment. He also laments the policy in inclusion (the "cult of equality") where kids with special needs are dumped in secondary schools - they really need special treatment. He comically notes that it would be odd if say Ski classes were inclusive i.e. the tuition took no account of whether the pupils were beginners or were able to take the black slopes in their stride - you would have some interesting results. But, in the culture of sloganising, a culture of inclusion sounds great until one begins to think what that means in practice. But, he is also attentive to the fact that the kids are victims of a breakdown in the family - he describes the family of his pupils as a "loose collection of vaguely related and socially transient people" and "Walking along the glass-strewn pavement, we come across a traditional family group (single mother, three kids who look noting like each other". Curiously even though schools have technological gadgets galore they chronically lack text books!

Whilst this book is hilarious, I came way feeling sad and angry - is it really right for him to say that "all I am doing now is providing state-sponsored crowd control"? I think in some way he is right but I think he is a little too pessimistic. After all, he did supply in what was an excellent school where the pupils were well behaved and worked away in silence and were really quite a treat. Why could he have not worked in that sort of environment? I suspect it may have been a confidence issue but anyway it is unfair to speculate.

In short, this book should be compulsory reasons for every new Government minister responsible for education - it is an easy read and the author diagnoses the problem with considerable skill. But, I fear that ministers are not yet ready to hear the message - the culture of hyper-individualism is too deeply rooted in our society and what is sad is all parties subscribe to this theory of the human person, a theory that totally ignores that we human beings are made not just for ourselves but also for community and that laws should be made not just to give effect to individual rights but to undergird the common good.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Nothing to laugh about... 25 mars 2008
Par L. Brennan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I found this an interesting and easy read by a schoolteacher who tries hard to reveal the awful truth.

While it's listed as humour, there is very little there to laugh about. While there are some VERY funny pieces indeed, in general it's a deeply disturbing look at 'modern' schooling in 'modern' society and how appalling things have become in the I-shouldn't-be-held-responsible nanny-state called England.

Where is the cane? Beaurocracy gone mad. How can do-gooders read this and think things can remain this way?

I don't know about where you live, but in my country, I'll be looking to HOME SCHOOLING. This books reinforces that!!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Emerald 22 mai 2011
Par Emerald - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
My husband and I are counsellors and have several school teacher clients who consult us because of burnout and stress from their frustrating and humiliating work environment. Reading this book gave us a further insight into the fact that this situation is not just prevalent in our country but is a general one in State schools in the UK also. Certainly if one is to consider the reports from America where 'students' carry guns it is even worse there. Frank Chalk's book should be required reading in Parliament for those naive 'sweetness and light' politicians who make laws that allow this situation to exist and even escalate - as it has apparently in the States.

We all need boundaries, but many children these days seem to have nothing expected of them - particularly respect and courtesy, it would appear. And their teachers are disempowered to be able to insist upon it through an acceptable punishment if this is not forthcoming. Instead they have to bow to the abuse of Dwayne's mother 'coming up the school' if they keep her little darling behind over the 10 minutes allowed the teacher! How absolutely humiliating for the teacher to have to submit to this and apologise in front of a guffawing youth who knows that he has won and his teacher is powerless to stop his outrageous behaviour that inflicts damage on those children who do want to learn and are prevented from doing so by him. What about their rights?!

So what did I feel about this book? I LOVED it! It is one of the funniest books I have ever read as Mr Chalk displays with whimsical ability his humour, his intelligence, courage in speaking out and his humanity towards the children who in earlier times would have been able to lift themselves from the poverty trap that has enslaved their parents. I found myself with tears in my eyes from laughter, but also from compassion for those children who have been prevented from reaching their bright potential because of the time wasters in their class. Our teacher clients tell us of the awful dictates that they must follow now to be 'politically correct' - surely a contradiction of terms if one considers the politicians who require that of them! To be allowed to only say good things on reports of loud youths who take an intense delight in being as obnoxious and as flagrantly rude as they possibly can is ridiculous! What possible lesson is that teaching both them and the powerless children prevented from learning by them?

So do I recommend this book? Absolutely! It is one of the best books I have read on this subject and magnificently written.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A wasteland with teenagers 8 août 2009
Par Brian Pickering - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
The desolate lives led by some young people are exposed in school. Some want to learn but fall foul of those to whom learning is contemptible, a minority brought up by negligent parents who fail to provide the least spark that might ignite a child's imagination and save it from the awful environment of teenage nihilism. Frank Chalk draws the picture in sharp detail: pupils dominated by a convention that learning is a joke and teachers dominated by the principle that all are equal and so equally willing to learn. The grotesque official attitude bids us go easy on the delinquents and leaves the teacher to defend the willing pupil against them. This is not polemic it is one man's account of a career in teaching and why it became intolerable. Not all schools are uncontrolled mobs but far too many are close and Frank Chalk describes his day in paradise. But we have a duty of care to every child including those who can't get an education for the shouting and the abuse. If you want to know what's going on in our schools start here.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Teacher's Diary 5 août 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Its Your Time You're Wasting by Frank Chalk is a funny, laugh out loud, diary of a teacher. Obviously Frank Chalk is an alias. Frank tells us how the education system is failing our kids, he even gives tips on how to fix it. (perhaps some one in government should read it!)
The book has lots of funny encounters with his pupils, the pupils parents and even his fellow staff members. He gives tips on how to handle unruly pupils.

I did find this book had some really funny parts in it. Then you realise that this is a true book and that it is recording the sad state of our schools and education system!
A light funny , thought provoking read.
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