A Life in School: What The Teacher Learned by Jane TompkinsA Life in School: What The Teacher Learned by Jane Tompkins

A Life in School: What The Teacher Learned

byJane Tompkins

Paperback | August 20, 1997

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Here one of our leading literary scholars looks back on her own life in the classroom, and discovers how much of what she learned there needs to be unlearned. Jane Tompkins' memoir shows how her education shaped her in the mold of a high achiever who could read five languages but had little knowledge of herself. As she slowly awakens to the needs of her body, heart, and spirit, she discards the conventions of classroom teaching and learns what her students' lives are like. A painful and exhilarating story of spiritual awakening, Tompkins' book critiques our educational system while also paying tribute to it.
Jane Tompkins is a professor of English at Duke University. She is the author of Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American Fiction, and more recently, West of Everything: The Inner Life of Westerns. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Title:A Life in School: What The Teacher LearnedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:August 20, 1997Publisher:Basic Books

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ISBN - 10:0201327996

ISBN - 13:9780201327991

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The state of academia is on fire, and the flames are bringing out some remarkable firefighters. Jane Tompkins has spent most of her years participating in the education system, both as a student and as a teacher and even in between as a student being groomed to teach. A Life in School is as much a reflection as it is an active meditation on what alterations could be made to theoretical fabric of today's schools. Speaking from the inside and drawing on experience from all angles, she illuminates both the flaws and possibilities, opening the door to a new sort of classroom.