The Teacher Man

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“Hey, Mr. McCourt, you should write a book”
“I’ll try”

These are the last lines of the book The Teacher Man by the ever outstanding writer, Frank McCourt. These lines mark the beginning of McCourt’s flight as a writer. McCourt began earning world readership after he published Angela’s Ashes, my favourite of all his works. It became an award winning memoir as it highlighted the childhood life in Limerick, Ireland, revealing the painful course of experience he had when he was a kid, and the situation of his family on that time. His second book ‘Tis came out as the sequel of Angela’s Ashes. It is a magnificent piece, containing stories about his early years in New York. Though it is not as good as Angela’s Ashes but still it is a wonderful work of Frank McCourt. The Teacher Man is Frank McCourt’s third book. As a tribute to teachers, with all honesty and material from real experience, this book presents all the trials McCourt faced, the surprises he encountered, and the achievements he received in all the secondary schools in New York City where he used to worked at. This book exposes what mostly happens inside a classroom; how the students work and what role their teachers play for them. After reading Chapter 7, where the importance of the teachers is fleshed out, I learned that teachers don’t just teach; they also inspire their students and give them values which students will hold dear through time. Like the situation of Kevin, a bully student, McCourt made him show his true self and turned him into a good boy with a lively imagination. This explains how teachers influence their students. They are indeed the second parents to guide their students to the right direction towards their future. Being a teacher is challenging. Most of my life is spent and handled by teachers, year after year, and, I must say though they have different approaches in teaching, they had a hard time dealing with our attitudes and of the rest of their students, especially the high...
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