Last night found us dipping a toe into the waters of political awareness and general concern for humanity at a reading for Teachers Have It Easy, a compendium of interviews with teachers across the nation, put out by literary boldfacer Dave Eggers (alongside Ninive Clements Calegari and Daniel Moulthrop). Eggers has been a longtime advocate for education reform, starting with his SF-based tutorial program, 826 Valencia and its east coast branch, 826 NYC. The book details the struggles that teachers must go through to survive - economically and otherwise - in their chosen profession. Scrubbing toilets or working at Circuit City just to make ends meet, the authors frame a compelling argument for salary reform and the need to reinvest in the careers of the people who show us the ins and outs of long division, sex ed and world capitals.
Truly Heartbreaking Works
August 05, 2005