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When Teachers Talk: Principal Abuse of Teachers-The Untold Story    by Rosalyn S. Schnall order for
When Teachers Talk
by Rosalyn S. Schnall
Order:  USA  Can
Goldenring, 2009 (2009)
*   Reviewed by Harper

This was an extraordinarily difficult book to review as teaching is my profession. I found When Teachers Talk very hard to pick up after a long day, because almost the entire book consists of complaining.

In a nutshell, Rosalyn Schnall interviews 500 teachers in the Chicago Public School System who dislike their principals. While I admit that there are many principals in the school system who abuse their power, writing an entire book about teachers who complain about them is, in my opinion, not the best way to solve the problem. To her credit, Schnall does include short chapters about good principals and teacher suggestions about what can be done about the bad ones.

This may be some people's cup of tea, but it certainly was not what I wanted to read at night after being in front of the class all day. If Schnall is trying to change principal abuse of their power, I'm not sure this is the way to do it. There are a lot of good things happening in education, which I know about firsthand. Where is the balance?

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