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Up the Down Staircase by [Kaufman, Bel]
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Chronicles the goings-on in a large metropolitan high school, detailing the experiences of an idealistic first-year teacher who is plagued by difficulties arising from an overwhelming bureaucracy, inadequate facilities, and some unforgettable students.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15852 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (18 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096LJUN2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is not my usual type of book but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Giving an insight into the life of a first year teacher in a large high school, in the USA, this book has short chapters. They are made up of notes from teachers, notes from pupils as well as letters from the teacher to a friend. Different but thoroughly enjoyable.
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This book is amazing! Bel Kaufman shows the problems of inner-city schools and the teachers who work there, while keeping with the light of subtle humor. It is easy to read, in that the format leaves room for breaks (the chapters are short). I would recommend this book to anyone, whether you are a teacher, student...just anyone who knows how to read!!
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A touching and fantastic classic. Always worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How Little Has Changed Since "Up The Down Staircase" Was Originally Published 19 Jun. 2013
By Jill Clardy - Published on Amazon.com
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I had seen the 1967 movie by the same title starring Sandy Dennis, so I jumped at the chance to read the fictional book on which the movie was based.

The book is told through notes and directives and letters and memos between teachers and teachers, students and teachers, administration and teachers, and occasionally teachers and parents. Miss Barrett, fresh out of college, is hired to teach English to a variety of low performing students, and teaches a full schedule in addition to managing a homeroom period. She is totally overwhelmed by the crushing burden of administrative responsibilities, including attendance sheets, hall passes, performance profiles and a cacophony of bells that signal different things at different times. Many of her inner city students are at risk of dropping out, have haphazard home lives, and little parental support, yet she soon learns that most are just crying out for someone to notice them, to care about them. She writes that we "have keys but no locks, blackboards but no chalk, students but no seats, teachers but no time to teach". She balks at the drudgery and the waste and often feels frustrated and defeated. She has such a crushing workload of essays and papers to grade from her 204 students, that she has no personal life at all.

In spite of the overwhelming obstacles she does teach some Shakespeare and poetry and essay writing, and she wins over a few of her students, some of whom idolize her. Many remain distant and critical of her, however she maintains her idealism and hope that she can reach even more. All she wants to do is make a difference in Room 304.

Although the unconventional structure of the book (told entirely through notes and letters) conveys to a certain extent the chaotic, dysfunctional nature of the school and many of the students and staff, at some point in the book I just wished for some real dialogue and articulate, flowing prose. The notes and memos became a bit tiresome and left too many plot questions unresolved. It was still a very entertaining and enlightening novel, though no doubt some of the same battles are still being fought in the public schools to this day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... when it first came out in the sixties and enjoyed it tremendously 31 Jan. 2017
By Martha Horgan - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book when it first came out in the sixties and enjoyed it tremendously. The characters are true to life, the problems presented are realistic. Working as an educator now, I decided to reread this book and found it to be just as compelling now as it was when first written. The characterizations are still realistic, the students still suffer the same problems, the staffs still try to juggle paperwork, emotional upheavals, raging hormones, and dwindling inventories, broken equipment, and ever changing standards. There is no other profession that is like this, but for all the problems we see everyday, the "AH - HA" moment makes it all worthwhile.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny and heartbreaking 12 Nov. 2016
By mom with love and humor - Published on Amazon.com
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Written via memos and notes the story could been written today via email and texts. Funny and heartbreaking. The dates change but I think life in inner city schools are just the same today as the 1960s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As an educator, it was interesting to re-read this ... 25 Sept. 2015
By Evelyn Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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As an educator, it was interesting to re-read this book. Many of the problems etc. continue today. The book is entertaining. Seeing the respect shown by some students was rewarding.
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 7 July 2017
By K.Stobaugh - Published on Amazon.com
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My mother was a teacher maybe that is why I'm a sucker for teachers' memoirs or fiction about good teachers. This definitely qualifies as the latter.
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