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Book Title: Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?: Teaching Lessons from the Bronx|
The author of the book: Ilana Garon
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Edition: Skyhorse Publishing
Date of issue: May 14th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781628735765
Format files: PDF
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American Book Fest's 2014 International Book Awards Finalist
According to Ilana Garon, popular books and movies are inundated with the myth of the "hero teacher"--the one who charges headfirst into dysfunctional inner city schools like a firefighter into an inferno, bringing the student victims to safety through a combination of charisma and innate righteousness. The students are then "saved" by the teacher's idealism, empathy, and willingness to put faith in kids who have been given up on by society as a whole.
"Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?" is not that type of book.
In this book, Garon reveals the sometimes humorous, oftentimes frustrating, and occasionally horrifying truths that accompany the experience of teaching at a public high school in the Bronx today. The overcrowded classrooms, lack of textbooks, and abundance of mice, cockroaches, and drugs weren't the only challenges Garon faced during her first four years as a teacher. Every day, she'd interact with students such as Kayron, Carlos, Felicia, Jonah, Elizabeth, and Tonya--students dealing with real-life addictions, miscarriages, stints in "juvie," abusive relationships, turf wars, and gang violence. These students also brought with them big dreams and uncommon insight--and challenged everything Garon thought she knew about education.
In response, Garon--a naive, suburban girl with a curly ponytail, freckles, and Harry Potter glasses--opened her eyes, rolled up her sleeves, and learned to distinguish between mitigated failure and qualified success. In this book, Garon explains how she learned that being a new teacher was about trial by fire, making mistakes, learning from the very students she was teaching, and occasionally admitting that she may not have answers to their thought-provoking (and amusing) questions.
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Read information about the authorMy name is Ilana Garon. I was born in Washington, DC, and spent a few years in Paris, France (where I gained three brothers, much to my surprise) before my family moved back to the DC metro area. I came to New York City when I went to college and never left. Now I'm in my early 30's. Wow, what happened?
I teach 9th-12th grade English at a public high school in the Bronx, which is alternately exhilarating and exhausting, and often hilarious. I also write about education and related issues; my book is in that vein, but hopefully a more humorous take on the issues than readers are accustomed to. You can also read my writing in Huffington Post, Dissent Magazine and Education Week. You can read my education blog here: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/urba...
Most of my free time is spent running competitively (I'm doing the New York City marathon in 2013!), reading anything that isn't nailed down, napping on my couch, live-streaming movies on Netflix, thinking about education policy, and hanging out with friends. I love dark chocolate, iced coffee, and salt-and-vinegar Popchips.
(Note that this cover photo was taken when I had both shorter hair and non-existent eyebrows. Facepalm.)