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Man Overboard: Confessions of a Novice Math Teacher in the Bronx [Paperback]

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Ric Klass' varied career ultimately led him to become an urban high school math teacher. His book, Man Overboard, chronicles the sad, comical, frustrating and occasionally frightening daily routine endured by a change-of-career do-gooder. Klass's portrayal of his "Crash and Burn" attempts to help underprivileged inner city kids is inspiring. Despite the tortuous obstacles inflicted by school administrators, the little darlings themselves, and his own uncontrolled anger--Klass eventually finds salvation for himself and some of his students. A candid tale, Man Overboard, will take you on an eye-opening ride into our misguided public educational system. You'll find out why our schools don't succeed and why only teachers who are a little overboard themselves jump into the fray.

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Pages   282
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 15, 2006
Publisher   Seven Locks Press
ISBN  1931643865  
ISBN13  9781931643863  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ric Klass is a writer, screenwriter, film producer, and director; entrepreneur founder of several companies; former high school math teacher in the Bronx, Georgetown University professor, and NASA space engineer; and graduate of MIT, Harvard Business School, USC, and Mercy College. He freely admits that ballet is beyond his limits, but will take a shot at brain surgery if given the chance.

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Survival of the Fittest  Jun 1, 2008
We all must show respect for those who survive in schools of this kind. Education workers like Mr. Klass are to be commended for enduring an environment of their own choosing if not of their own making. Still, after all the hugs and congratulations, someone has to call out these "teach for America" volunteers and ask why they put up with all the crap instead of joining forces and refusing to proceed. Even the eighteen-year-old grunts in Iraq had the courage to protest being sent into battle without proper gear and protection. Year after year we read the same stories by earnest do-gooders who find happiness among the ruins. What is needed now is fewer acts of goodness and just one brave act of defiance. Let the education workers walk out and leave the asylums to the bureaucrats who thrive in them. If the parents so earnestly wish to be involved, let them take over the schools. They'll soon be using the soiled textbooks as toilet paper, but so be it. They can always apply for a grant from Bill Gates for free lap top computers.
NYC Public School teacher telling it like it is  May 22, 2007

This author speaks for all of us teachers who are struggling every day in dealing with hoardes of unruly students. After only reading a few pages, I felt like I could have written the same book. The fact that it is in diary form makes it all the more real and frightening. Reading it is definitely helping me get through the end of this horrific school year. I have highly recommended it to my colleagues.
Well Written Autobiography  Oct 9, 2006
Man Overboard is a very witty and poignant autobiography about the experiences of a new second-career math teacher (actually ninth-career in his case) spending his first year teaching high school in the Bronx. On one level, it explores in an absorbing and meaningful way the various problems in the world of Bronx high school culture. On another level, Mr. Klass is also writing about his career aspirations, and how it feels to have frustrations meeting his goals of helping some people who need it. The book connects with the reader very well on both levels. I particularly liked how the drumbeat of daily problems is punctuated periodically with reflective essays, cast in italics, which are full of common sense and practical, logical analysis and suggestions. It is a very well written and enjoyable book, and I would highly recommend it to all.
Man Overboard  Oct 5, 2006
Ric Klass, with humor and a clear, purposeful writing style, took me into his math classroom in an inner city high school in New York. I found myself empathizing with his desire to do someone some good; to make the world a better place. It was easy to understand his frustrations with all the barriers he had to get around to try to fulfill his dream, and just as easy to rejoyce in some small hint of success.
As well as being a good read, this book has an important message for us. We must make some changes in the way our children are being taught, especially those students who need to escape from a seemingly hopeless environment. I recommend this book to anyone who cares about children and our future as a nation. I'm telling all of my friends about it. JL in SD
Man Overboard -- Sad but True  Oct 3, 2006
Ric Klass' tale of teaching in an inner city school in the Bronx is an open, honest account of his experience. It's humorous and sad at the same time. It's engaging and fun to read. Educators will recognize its truths; others should read it to find out just what goes on in public schools and not only in New York.

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