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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.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GEAM1S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worryingly true 3 Mar 2011
By Mlle J. Taylor VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
This book should be given to the government! As a teacher myself I read this book with fascination. It's nice to see it's not just my pupils that are this bad.

Chalk gives a starkly bleak account of school life in modern British schools, but does so with the dark humour of a veteran teacher. Years of experience have left a sour taste in the mouth of many of us in this profession and it makes for interesting reading. Worryingly, this book is a wholly accurate portrayal of the farce that it the British schooling system: The powerless teachers, too scared to discipline for fear of reprisals from the little brats that they're "teaching" and being sued by parents for the slightest hand on a shoulder; the fearless students who don't seem to have any interest in their future or education; the parents who are so blinded by their children that, instead of supporting the teachers, will do all in their power to make their jobs impossible; the out of touch government who, instead of aiding teachers, makes the children into gods who fear nothing and no one. The lunatics are running the asylum!

Many of you will feel that this book is exaggeration and completely fictitious, but it is, unfortunately, true. This book can be seen as a social commentary on the schools in the UK and the incapacities of certain "educators" for the job.

Anyone with kids at school in the UK should read this book to see what life on the other side is like. Parents need to see what life is like for the teachers who have no more power than a squashed ant.
This is a brilliant book and is a true, unabated insight into the British education system.
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64 of 68 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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76 of 81 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
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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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19 of 20 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Sad, hilarious, thought-provoking and depressing all in equal measure.
Saw the title and synopsis and had to buy this book. It's a must read for all parents and possibly some children. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Colin Rowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Classroom hell indeed.
Revealing, although depressing, account of what sink schools are really like to be a teacher or a pupil in. Not surprised that the author escaped from such an environment.
Published 6 days ago by Jill A Lupton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hilarious
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking of becoming a teacher?
Read this funny version of the dissolution of our society. It was realistic 10 years ago when my children were of school age (and we live in a fairly affluent area), the situation... Read more
Published 27 days ago by CHRISTINE
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Nothing like I had hoped it would be.
Published 1 month ago by T. Davey
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Published 1 month ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly like teaching.
Went through all this when working.... exactly like teaching ... and humorous
Published 1 month ago by Chas
1.0 out of 5 stars Education in the 21st century
This book is everything that is negative about education, written by a supply teacher that's given up the full time job. Glad I wasn't taught by him!
Published 2 months ago by Jan
3.0 out of 5 stars And your time, too, it seems!
This may have got a higher star rating but I was disgusted and annoyed by his comments about primary schools and their teachers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MRS R OLDRIDGE
5.0 out of 5 stars Fact can be stranger than fiction.
Great read. Those who work in schools such as the author describes will only too easily recognise the problems he describes. Read more
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