Welcome to Teachbad’s Book Club
Mr. Teachbad’s Official Teachbad Book Club Eventacular Discussion Series (MTOTBCEDS). Here’s what we’ll do in MTOTBCEDS.
1) I pick a book.
2) I encourage people to buy it and read it.
3) About a month later I post a little review and we chat; if the author wishes, he or she may write something to begin the discussion and/or respond directly to questions and comments from readers.
Yes? OK. Let’s begin.
The title sort of speaks for itself; definitely in line with the Teachbad Mission. It’s short and no heavy lifting. So, like I said, go buy it. Then read it. And come prepared. I don’t want to hear any shit about how your ordered it and it got lost in the mail or anything like that.
(Parenthetically, another place you can see the cover of this book is over my right shoulder in the wildly unpopular music video I Want to Push You Off a Bridge and Watch You Drown, written and performed by Mr. Teachbad in September 2011. I think the fact that nobody has watched the video really hurt my chances at the Grammy’s. That’s ok, but I’m just saying…whatever. This is my art. But I think it deserves a second look, as do the cartoons.)
The MTOTbBCEDS Code:
1) Books will be, in one way or another, about teaching;
2) Books WILL NOT be about how to inspire teachers across the curriculum and make everything fair and awesome with connections and sensitivity because I HATE books like that;
3) Books will be written by teachers or former teachers, bloggers, activists or anybody else who you think fits and has an idea that YOU think deserves some play. (While awesome, I’ll assume that Ravitch and Kozol can take care of themselves.)
4) That’s it. The only other thing is that once I started teaching, I started reading less. My mind was always so occupied with stressful, yet trivial things. I just couldn’t relax enough to read a book. So, let’s read more…together.
If these terms are not agreeable, tell your mom.