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It's Your Time You're Wasting: A Teacher's Tales of Classroom Hell
 
 

It's Your Time You're Wasting: A Teacher's Tales of Classroom Hell [Kindle Edition]

Frank Chalk
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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.

From the Author

I started out as a nice liberal bloke who thought the best of everyone. I changed, over time. I believed Blair when he said he'd sort out education. How wrong I was. 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: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1497 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (16 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GEAM1S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable reading 29 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
'Frank Chalk' has done the unthinkable - exposed the horrors of our modern education system: violence, drugs, truancy, illiteracy and the absurd impotence of teachers when it comes to dealing with these issues.

I find his attitudes a little right-wing for my taste but he fully justifies himself and is a likeable author. His writing boldly highlights just how badly we are letting down children in this country, and makes me fearful for what society will be like as today's generation of schoolkids grows up.

Delivered in a light-hearted anecdotal style, this book is very accessible. I'll definitely be passing it round my friends - time spent on the bookshelf is time wasted, because if enough people read it you never know - something might start to change!
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Telling it like it is 19 Nov 2006
By A. Miles VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I spent several highly stressful and completely pointless years teaching in the UK system before, thank God, returning to International School education. Like Frank here, I was stunned that the fourth largest economy in the world was educating its children in a manner more suited to the occupational therapy wing of a South American prison. Why don't any of the photocopiers ever work? Why spend millions on computers and then omit to employ any trained staff to maintain them? Why are staffrooms in such a neglected state that they would cause strike action at a Ukrainian pig farm? Why spend thousands of man hours writing, distributing and training in various disciplinary policies which are then perpetually ignored? I could go on for pages. Buy this book, make everyone you know read it and then post it to your MP.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
By susie
Format:Paperback
This book is witty, original and enlightening.

It's Your Time You're Wasting is the first honest book about teaching that I've ever read. It is also hilarious. I read it in two days. I highly recommend it to teachers and parents who want to know what goes on in the average comprehensive school these days. You will be amazed!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a retired teacher who spent many years in both permanent jobs and in supply work - in high schools and middle schools between the mid 1960s and 2000 - I know only too well what Frank Chalk is talking about. The dramatic deterioration in discipline, systematic erosion of teachers' authority and constant meddling by successive governments have reduced the education in some parts of this country to a farce. The benefits culture has spawned an underclass that not only has no interest in education but treats it with derision. The massive injection of capital that has been poured into education over the years rarely filters down to classrooms where it is desperately needed.

This easy to read book highlights the worst in one particular inner-city school. There are many laughs along the way but they are bitter-sweet because, in the final analysis, too many of our children are being badly let down and condemned to a lifetime of unemployability with all the attendant knock-on effects that will inevitably have on society as a whole.

Frank Chalk does offer thoughts on improving the system towards the end of the book. No-one who has not witnessed education at the 'chalk face' in at least the worst - and best - of schools should presume to tell teachers how to do their jobs. In addition this book should be compulsory reading for anyone in government - both national and local. Then, perhaps, the plight of our disaffected children and their demoralised teachers might be taken seriously and steps to 'turn the tide' may be implemented.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has children in the system, too. Make sure you know what your children's schools are like and avoid those like St Judes in Mr Chalk's book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NON TEACHERS should read this 7 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As a secondary teacher at an all boys school in inner city Liverpool I can say with conviction that I recognised all the scenarios played out in this book.Did I enjoy it?...In many ways yes as it serves as confirmation that the current standards of discipline across schools today is consistently appalling. Along with the pitiful fact that many unfortunate children are growing up with the cast of Jeremy Kyle candidates. However; I found that it made me extremely depressed and focused almost entirely upon negative experiences, giving the impression that teaching today is a totally un-unfilling job and likely to drive you to the funny farm. Though the experiences Mr Chalk describes are the norm of everyday classroom behaviour in many schools, the repetition quickly became boring.
If you have little experience of a day in the life of a secondary school I urge you to read it.....it will make you realise why teachers need those holidays that we get slated for. If you are one of those that faces the Dwaynes and Shazneys of the world I suggest only reading when you have had a good day; otherwise it may tip you over the edge.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Tells It Like It Really Is... 4 Sep 2006
By Dave
Format:Paperback
I couldn't put this book down. It's one man's story of teaching in the school from hell.

The tone of the book is humerous. In fact most of it is extremely funny, but it's quite poignant in places. (It's also rather shocking) Several of the characters seemed very familiar (I teach as well)

There's some sharp and interesting social comments which might upset a few people but he doesn't shy away from explaining at the end what he thinks needs to be done.

I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a funny story but also if you want to see just how things are going downhill fast in our education system. He also does a blog at [...]
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like he wrote my life story!
I work as a supply teacher which is why I bought this book. I was crying with laughter throughout although I can't say why. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Miss J Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very true... a 'must-read'
As a teacher I found the stories in this book amusing... they reminded me of some of the delightful characters I've had the pleasure of and have the pleasure of educating over the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by busyb33
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
I'd be shocked at what goes on in the classroom if I hadn't seen and experienced it myself. This is one of many books that makes me glad, along with the author, that I have left... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Helen Brock
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
this book was a very good insight into the day to day life of a teacher. it was very entertaining and an eye opener in some cases as to what some children are like at school today. Read more
Published 18 days ago by michael mundy
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening story of life.
This book shows the impossible position that teachers have been placed in by the governments continued pursuance of non-discipline towards the children. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Norman Bush
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 out of 5 only because 2,5 is not an option
The book is well written and i had quite a few laughs reading it.
But,seriously mate,what is with you and children? Read more
Published 21 days ago by Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Education at its best.
A fabulous read. A witty, laugh out loud reflection on the madness that is our current education system. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Janice Louis
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and oh so true
I read this on (school) holiday - I am a teacher. I actually work in primary schools but so much rang true from my own experience and those of friends in secondary schools. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RedQuince
4.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present
Xmas present for son who is studying to be a teacher. He said he was really enjoying it so I get it must be very good.
Published 1 month ago by Heyley
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This book made me laugh out loud. Although, it was a very funny book, it was sad to see what teachers have to put up with on a daily basis. An enjoyable read.
Published 1 month ago by Shaz B
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