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I Choose to Stay: A Black Teacher Refuses to Desert the Inner City

by Salome Thomas-El with Cecil Murphey
£14.50   paperback  Dafina (2004)

I Choose to Stay: A Black Teacher Refuses to Desert the Inner City by Salome Thomas-El with Cecil Murphey The challenges of working in an urban school are not for every teacher. Some get burnt out fast. Some lose sight of why they started teaching in the first place. Some find their calling in other neighbourhoods... with other kids. But not Salome Thomas-El. A teacher at Roberts Vaux Middle School in Philadelphia's inner city, he chose to stay.
Gripping, poignant and honest, this is his blistering real-life tale of mentoring and making a difference - and how the reformation of America's educational system can start with just one school.

"An intensely moving story of loyalty and courage and a deeply personal tribute to the great potential of our inner-city kids, so frequently dismissed and denigrated by American society. The redemptive power of a teacher's love shines through these pages with prophetic grace. I am grateful to the author for the lesson of essential decency he teaches us."
(Johnathan Kozol.)

ISBN 13: 9780758201874 | ISBN 10: 0758201877

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