In the course of a few decades, I became separated from my copy of “Up the Down Staircase,” Bel Kaufman’s classic novel about a New York. Unit 5 Up The Down Staircase Солодокова Анастасия ИЯ АМБ The text under analysis is called “Up The Down Staircase” and written by an American. Bel Kaufman, a former New York City schoolteacher whose classic first novel, “ Up the Down Staircase” — shot through with despair and.

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Mar 06, Jessica rated it it was amazing. And even though I teach in private sch Ok, yes, I’m a sucker for all things teacher, and especially English teacher, but this book truly is outstanding. I am admittedly biased. Sylvia Barrett, as a raw beginner, is given the classes referred to by all sorts of euphemisms for “dumb. The play is frequently performed in high school drama classes.

Children having to take on responsibility for ailing parents and younger siblings, or fearing for their own safety. Quotes from Dow the Down Stair I come back to it occasionally because it’s easy to read and yet quite powerful in what it has to say about teens, teachers, and education in general.

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She writes that we “have keys but no locks, blackboards but no chalk, students but no seats, teachers but no time to teach”. Help Center Find new research papers in: When you cram into your head for a test you may get a high mark but forget it the next day. I have found a book to add to my collection of inspiration-to-stay-a-teacher-media; I found it just in time.

I like the way the story is told through memos, letters and suggestion box “suggestions” rather than in a pure narrative style. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Whatever the ways stupidity, ineptitude, whatever the problems and frustrations of teachers and pupils, something very exciting is going on in each of the classrooms on each of the floors all at the same time – education is going on. Many remain distant and critical of her, however she maintains her idealism and hope that she can reach even more.


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I also adore books kaufmah completely through notes, letters, memos, and such, which makes it perfect. September Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Maybe I should give it 3 stars, but I’m not entirely sold with this book. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Miss Barrett, fresh out of college, is hired to teach English dowwn a variety of low performing students, and teaches a full schedule in addition to managing a homeroom period.

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Jewish Women in America: Never before has a novel so compellingly doan bare the inner workings of a metropolitan high school. I don’t know how someone who isn’t in the trenches would take to this work but I, predictably, thoroughly loved it. However, her idealism is quickly gone because of the severe realities of her colleagues and students. She decides to leave the public school government funded system to work in a smaller private setting. It can be interpreted in three ways.


There are less than a handful of American classics that I like. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The tautology here is used in ironical meaning, it demonstrates that she, during the working days has no time to even think. Almost everybody who went to a big public high school has a story like that where bureaucracy trumps common sense. But despite it’s good sides, something in this book was lost to me. View all my reviews Share on Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc.


The JWA Podcast listen now. It achieves this in large part by mixing long-form letters to a close friend with the short memos and comment box entries.

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Kaufman already had 20 years teaching in NYC schools when she saw this first novel published. There is an external conflict in the fragment.

Some of these students have heartbreaking back stories. In the inside flap of this volume in perfect ‘s public school script is this inscription: You are commenting using your Facebook account. Bel Kaufman’s Up the Down Staircase is one of the best-loved novels of our time. As a teacher, it’s safer and easier not to care.

Up the Down Staircase 1 15 Ztaircase 27, That got sort of irritating too though I know that students’ kzufman for a new and caring teacher can be like that and that staorcase of it can be attributed, as hers was, to her wardrobe, but still.

No, no, others cried, that’s frustration and defeat!

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Email required Address never made public. I’ve mentioned several books here that I only read because my girl friend of the 60s wanted me to, or at least introduced me to them.

May 02, Diane Barnes rated it really liked it. From the book jacket: Students haven’t changed either. I buy most of my books from the used book sale shelves at the Evanston, Illinois Public Library. And for any teacher who hasn’t read this book, you should.