When Teachers Talk: Principal Abuse of Teachers-The Untold Story
Rosalyn S. Schnall
Goldenring, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Harper
his 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.
n 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
and teacher suggestions about what can be done about the bad ones.
his 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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