Under the Obama Administration, public education reforms and improvements is a top priority -- especially in the long neglected inner city school systems of our major American cities. That's just one reason why "Diary Of An Inner City Teacher" is a timely and invaluable contribution towards our current national dialogue on this critically important issue. Author Tamam Tracy Moncur draws upon her more than twenty years of personal experience and expertise as a teacher and educator to reveal and illustrate from a first-hand perspective the joys and disappointments of teaching in an inner-city school system. Underscored by her experiences in the classroom is that the teaching of academic materials and the development of academic skills with respect to her students simply could not be carried out in isolation or disregard from the social issues and cultural environments in which those students (and their families) were enmeshed. "Diary Of An Inner City Teacher" is a vivid, engaging, deftly written, 'real world' account that is very highly recommended reading for academia, Department of Education staffers, state legislative and congressional policy makers, as well as non-specialist general readers with an interest in educational reforms and the current national debate over education issues and the need for educational reforms in our public school systems.
Tamam Moncur gives us a glimpse into a year of her life as a Math teacher in a sixth grade urban classroom. Presented in a diary format, the entries present some of the challenges, both good and bad, of a career she obviously loves. Ms. Moncur adroitly describes her students with names such as 'Likes to Show Boxers', 'Likes to Blurt Out', 'The Intellect', and 'A Really Nice Child'.
Dispersed throughout the book are Ms. Moncur's views on the reasons for some of the challenges faced by urban Schools. Without being too preachy, she touches on the effects poverty, drug use, violence and lack of parental participation have on students. The reader will recognize many of the incidents in the book as common to all school systems.
I enjoyed the book. The format was brilliant. I think it will appeal to anyone with family members, teachers or students, in the school system.