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Description - The Emergency Teacher by Christina Asquith

Christina Asquith presents a moving first-hand account of her year teaching in one of Philadelphia's worst schools. Told with striking humor and honesty, her story begins when the School District of Philadelphia, in desperate need of 1,500 new teachers, instituted a policy of hiring "emergency certified" instructors. Asquith, then a 25-year-old reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, joined their untrained ranks. More challenging than her classroom in the crime-infested neighborhood known as "the Badlands" are the trials she faced outside, including a corrupt principal, the politics that prevented a million-dollar grant from reaching her students, and the administration's shocking insistence that teachers maintain the appearance of success in the face of utter defeat--even if it means falsifying test scores. Her story will inspire, educate, and entertain.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781602391932
ISBN-10: 1602391939
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Skyhorse Publishing
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publish Date: 17-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Christina Asquith

Christina Asquith is a former reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and has written for The New York Times, The Economist, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has a master's degree in Educational Philosophy from The London School of Economics and Politics. She lives in Washington, D.C. Her web site is

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