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The First-year Urban High School Teacher: Holding the Torch, Lighting the Fire: Book by Carl Weinberg

The First-year Urban High School Teacher: Holding the Torch, Lighting the Fire

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ISBN: 9780742561045    Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Year of publishing: 2008     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 252        
The First-Year Urban High School Teacher: Holding the Torch, Lighting the Fire tracks co-author Paul Weinberg during his first year of teaching as he is introduced to the daily tribulations of an urban...Read more
The First-Year Urban High School Teacher: Holding the Torch, Lighting the Fire tracks co-author Paul Weinberg during his first year of teaching as he is introduced to the daily tribulations of an urban Los Angeles high school. Paul's father, Carl Weinberg, who fifty years earlier himself began his career in education as an urban secondary school teacher, shares his experiences side-by-side with those of his son. Together they reveal parallels between Carl's former problems in the urban classroom and the problems his son faces. Though some things have changed, there have not been nearly as many changes as one would have hoped. Interwoven with the father-son anecdotes of personal experience in teaching is a careful scholarly examination of the areas of social and cultural disorganization that the new teacher confronts with students, teachers, administrators, policy makers, and parents as he or she navigates through the behemoth of urban schooling.
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About the author: Carl Weinberg
Carl Weinberg is a professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Education at UCLA where he taught the sociology of education and curriculum studies. He began... Read more
Carl Weinberg is a professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Education at UCLA where he taught the sociology of education and curriculum studies. He began his teaching career in 1955 and taught in inner-city secondary schools in Philadelphia and Los Angeles for six years. For the past ten years of his tenure at UCLA he worked in teacher education where he introduced perspectives from humanistic and confluent education to prospective teachers. Paul J. Weinberg spent two years teaching mathematics at Leuzinger High School, a traditional urban school in Lawndale, California. He left Leuzinger to help with the start-up process of a public charter school in San Jose, California, working for the Leadership Public Schools organization as the mathematics department chair and head of assessment. He is currently doing doctoral work at Vanderbilt University's Peabody School of Education and Human Development with an academic focus on mathematics and science education.
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Review:
One of this well-written book's virtues is its painfully honest depiction of a new teacher's attempt to create himself professionally. Paul Weinberg brings his gifts and foibles and his vision of...Read more
One of this well-written book's virtues is its painfully honest depiction of a new teacher's attempt to create himself professionally. Paul Weinberg brings his gifts and foibles and his vision of the kind of teacher he wants to be into the classroom-and there, over time, he forges with his students (and within the constraints of a typical urban school district) a meaningful and helpful life. -- Michael Rose, professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA; author, An Open Language: Selected Writing on Literacy, L
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