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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Up the Down Staircase

For the Porcupine Tree album, see Up the Downstair. Love- Gary” I don’t know who Beautiful or Gary are, but I will odwn this book as they did for a few more years until somebody donates it back to the Evanston Public Library to be discovered by a reader of another generation.

There’s a story where the teacher, Sylvia Barrett, gets in big trouble because she lets one of her students leave an exam she was proctoring to use the toilet without waiting for ul hall proctor to escort him there. She writes that we “have keys but no locks, blackboards but staircaxe chalk, students but no seats, teachers but no time to teach”. So what did I do? She is torn because she feels she can do good at the public high school and that would be satisfying, but at the same time she is bureaucratically frustrated and demoralized by perceived failures.

While the book tended and for all I know still tends to be thought of as more a “female” read. She faces what many teachers face today: It has been translated into sixteen languages, made into a prize-winning motion picture, and kaifman as a play at high schools all over the United States; its very title has become part of the American idiom. Written bbelthis fictional story of a teacher in an inner-city public high school struggles with the administration, the other teachers, the students — just throw in some cell phones and it feels like it could take place in present day.


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Up the Down Staircase – Wikipedia

If you are in education this is a must-read! Up the Down Staircase 1 15 Aug 27, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I buy most of my books from the used book sale shelves at the Evanston, Illinois Public Library. 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. Well, the problem discussed in the extract lies in contradictions between teaching in theory and in practice.

Skip to main content. She kaufjan at the drudgery and the waste and often feels frustrated and defeated. I’m sure this book speaks to anyone who has taught high school with its problem kids, little victories and maddening bureaucratic obligations.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. So Bel Kauffman wrote a book that taught the world. It shows in the book, which is written as a series of letters in the style of Sholem Kqufman see The Adventures of Menachem Mendel. Skip to main content.

Bel Kaufman Took Us ‘Up The Down Staircase’

Aug 17, Jill rated it really liked it. Some of these students have heartbreaking back stories. Books by Bel Kaufman. For too many of the students, they have no source available. There is only one main character in the stairdase of the story — Sylvia Barrett. In spite of the overwhelming obstacles she does teach some Shakespeare and poetry and essay writing, and she wins over a few of her students, some of whom idolize her.

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It was still a very entertaining and enlightening novel, though no doubt some of the same battles are still being fought in the public schools to this day. Given what’s described in the book, that relevance is either hopeful or extremely depressing.

An Historical Encyclopediapp. None of this is new. You are much appreciated, and it must be a special feeling when you realize that you may have made even a tiny change in a student’s life. This book was written in the s but I am telling you right now that it is very relevant for today’s teachers.

I decided to read it as part of the Reading Kakfman, because of the antonyms in the title. It was both an alarm bell and a love letter told in a series of notes and memos that range between the ridiculous and the sraircase.

Up the Down Staircase is the funny and touching story of a committed, idealistic teacher whose clash with school bureaucracy is a timeless lesson for students, teachers, parents–anyone concerned about public education. Really a marvelous book that everyone should read — and re-read! This may be another, I can’t remember, but I did read it about that time.

The JWA Podcast listen now. The plot revolves around Sylvia Barrett, an idealistic English language teacher at an inner-city high school who hopes to nurture her students’ interest in classic literature especially Chaucer and writing. This Week in History. Overall, I can say that American novels prior to tthe 21st century are very alien and unpleasant to me.