Dan Golarz Shares Experience as First-time Teacher in At-risk Schools in New Book
Writes Golarz, “['Eight Days In An Inner City School'] also exposes a system that has been slammed to the ground by policies, practices, and court decisions that protect the rights of everyone except those who teach and those who desire to learn, but leave these dedicated individuals constantly vulnerable to the violence, anger, hostility, and hopelessness that seem to be a hallmark of so many of our inner-city schools.”
Honest and thought-provoking, “Eight Days In An Inner City School” is written from the point of view of a bright, enthusiastic, if not naive, Golarz as he ventures from the School of Education at Monlovia State University to complete his student training at a Native American reservation in Arizona and then his first teaching experience at a public school in Los Angeles. Golarz indicts not only the public school system, to which he was delivered, but also the college and student training courses that inadequately prepared him for the challenges that lay ahead. Citing daily difficulties with classroom management, grading systems, discipline policies, erratic scheduling and ill-conceived curriculum plans, Golarz paints a dismal, frustrating picture of the reality of teaching within the public school system.
“Eight Days In An Inner City School” recounts the combination of events and interactions that compelled Golarz to finally give up his dream and abruptly leave his first teaching assignment with a profound sense of confusion, self-doubt and betrayal. Within this decision and the emotional aftermath lies the plea for education reform in public schools and on the collegiate level. Cut from the same mold as memorable motion-pictures such as “Stand and Deliver,” “Eight Days In An Inner City School” offers a heart-wrenching, poignant look at the reality of one teacher’s first brush with the US public education system.
Dan Golarz graduated from college with a degree in mathematics education. He has taught mathematics at the high school and middle school levels and taught English in South Korea.
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