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Teachers certainly aren and Tompkins argues that her students are being certainly aren and Tompkins argues that her students are being into the same taught to shut down themselves and their Emotional Lives To Sacrifice All For The lives to sacrifice all for the rowth and structure that is imposed in an ordered classroom I wanted to love this but it was less informative than it was self indulgently aimless It was missing a thesis what I describe to my students as a spinal cord the unifying structure which supports all the body s flesh details anecdotes observationsUpdate 6 years of teaching later I have been re reading parts of this book today and then re read my review of it here It annoys me My criticism annoys me even my writing annoys me It s written by a novice teacher who is still clinging to 5 paragraph essays I missed the point of this book completely When I read this at the start of my teaching life I needed a How To This book is not that it is much much Delightfully crafted with thoughtful allusions and a clear sene of story telling Written by an English professor from Duke this book asks important bigger uestions about how we structure education and what messages that sends I appreciated the uestions and the earnestness with which many were left unresolved Though this memoir was a class assignment for a course called Teaching English it was well written and insightful With a tendency towards fractured memory and integrated wisdom Jane Tompkins turns the troubled education system into a fascinating read She covers her own autobiographical experiences in school from kindergarten to Rescuing Gus graduate to many years of teaching and by turning non chronological midway through she includes tidbits of mindfulness meditation self care utopian dreams and the steps she has taken to fulfill them I was hoping to be blown away by this book I ve had a uotation from it pinned to my bulletin board for years and thought the entire book would resonate with me but it didn t I wish I couldive it 35 starsTompkins relays her experiences with schooling beginning with her early childhood A bright but anxious student she seems to never Class of 92: Out of Our League get over her early experiences in school To me her school years seem easy unblemished by the kinds of difficulty that many of my students experience Relatively privileged a uick learner and high achiever she is troubled by a too strong desire to please teachers and others in authority Itoes on like this through her postsecondary years I just couldn t relate to her level of angst over these seemingly minor struggles The other part I really could not relate to is her academic discipline English literature Although I love literature I just couldn t connect with her particular passions in this area On the other hand I did appreciate her critiues of how literature is taught including the weaknesses of various trends in literary criticism over the past few decadesI do admire her tenacity and courage in trying out some fairly radical teaching experiments and in forging co. N shaped her in the mold of a high achiever who could read five languages but had little knowledge of herself As she slowly awakens to the needs of her body heart and spirit she discards the convention. Nnections across her campus Her attempts to connect with her students as whole people are admirable However I really wish she had engaged at least a are admirable However I really wish she had engaged at least a with other literature on teaching and learning or at least reached a little Widely In The Academic Community To Learn in the academic community to learn others are doing The concerns of Tompkins and her students are mainly the concerns of very privileged people chiefly too much pressure to achieve This is a very narrow slice of academic life but it contains some food for thought if that s an area that interests you But if research universities like the one I work at are Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story going to become places where people like to come to work in the morning where the employees have a stake and feel they belong then they will have to model something besides the ideal of individual excellence the Olympic pole vaulter making it over the bar By modeling the way that they do business they ll need to model our dependence on one another our need for mutual respect and support acceptance and encouragement If the places that young peopleo to be educated don t embody the ideals of community cooperation and harmony then what young people will learn will be the behavior these institutions do exemplify competition hierarchy busyness and isolation The author talks about How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead growing up as a teacher pleaser and the anxiety surrounding her school experience She excels through schooloes to raduate school why not oes through a couple of difficult marriages with other brilliant people and eventually runs away with no lie STANLEY FISH As a professor she starts to realize that her job is not to impress her students with her massive smarts but to put the task of learning into their hands It s a pretty cool book once you et past some of her childhood school trauma If you were once a teacher pleaser it can be a little uncomfortable to hear someone else talk about how easy it is to measure your self worth by your academic achievement and how ultimately unfulfilling that can be Incidentally I bought this book because a former professor of mine recommended it to me Problem It s especially ood if you are a teacher to remind yourself of how seriously some students will take your approval or disapproval I really didn t like this book I had to read it for a rad school class among other books Tompkins came across as a needy and spoiled rich who cared nothing for her students in the beginning of this book She did change her views and her way of teaching over the years but still to write something like I was hurt because I came home from school and my mother was napping seriously I think this lady has pretty severe emotional and self esteem issues She rew up in middle class America went to ood schools yet she could never be happy even after all she accomplished ugh Jane Tompkins started school around 1945 America was educating its children for the office and assembly line Good people were praised she writes and bad people were humiliated Eventually she learn. S of classroom teaching and learns what her students' lives are like A painful and exhilarating story of spiritual awakening Tompkins' book critiues our educational system while also paying tribute to. .
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Jane Tompkins a high profile English professor at Duke with a reputation for pushing the envelope in teaching methods bares her soul and reveals the
many self inflicted incurred during her academic career as student and professor Hers is basically story of a successperformance driven student who achieves at each step of the academic process only to realize 10 years into tenure that in her striving in a realm where proving one sauthority is part of almost every exercise she d lost her ability to be herself and to let others do the same So ability to be herself and to let others do the same So s a story of her development in school her professional striving but importantly of her movement in teaching away from making sure students knew what I knew and what I thought to recognizing that part of education must be learning how to be with other people how to love how to take criticism how to rieve how to have fun that this must be as much the material as any body of literature or theoryWhat I found most moving about this book was how elouently she describes the compulsion to always be doing something that is both a source of success and a barrier to an Even Deeper Need To Know deeper need to know to do nothing And still like oneself Her experiences in the classroom and within herself outside of the classroom resonated with me especially as a teacher but this often painful account of her journey toward self acceptance and its ramification on her teaching is beautifully written and would be of interest to others too I suspect Having otten to know Jane personally I wanted to read her memoir and was drawn in from the first pages as I could relate to her NYC Public School experience While I am not an English scholar nor an educator I was able to empathize with her experiences as a woman educator in the male dominated higher education world and appreciated her courage in letting the reader into her personal challenges in work and love It was nice to come to a teaching book that is also a well written book I like finding books that are about subjects I want to tackleneed to write about and are also valuable works of literature And as with much of the literature that Susan talked about last semester this book is excellent because it tells me what I already knew but didn t know I knew being in the classroom is an act of performance whether student or teacher Performance and classroom actions that are performance are often acts of fear and thus fear and shame are major aspects of our time I the classroom Education cuts off the mind from the heart and the body and the soul especially at the undergraduate level I think what I loved most of this book is Tompkins willingness to show her fragility she is a teacher so I know she also has the strength it takes to command a classroom to study through her PHd and her Master s but this book was open to her weaknesses the pain she went through the turmoil that educators hide from their students and student are in turn taught to hide from their teachers Because in a cla. Here one of our leading literary scholars looks back on her own life in the classroom and discovers how much of what she learned there needs to be unlearned Jane Tompkins' memoir shows how her educatio. .scars many self inflicted incurred during her academic career as student and professor Hers is basically