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No Teachers Left Behind is the story of a group of teachers and staff members who work at Vilyon Middle School, a fictional school in Georgia. Like most teachers in the United States, these teachers are grossly underpaid and under supported. They are verbally abused by rude children and parents on a daily basis. Even worse, these teachers have to deal with administrators who only care about saving themselves.
Forget what you have seen on those made for television movies, and forget what you have read in those "too good to be true" inspiring non-fiction books, No Teachers Left Behind tells the real story, through a collection of poetry, fictional emails, and fictional conversations, of what it's like to be a public school teacher in America.
This is a humorous yet thought provoking novella that will have you wondering who is really being left behind in public education.
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No Teachers Left Behind
No Teachers Left Behind looks into the faults of America's educational system. Set in the backdrop of Vilyon Middle School—the Home of the Valiant—this unique novella gives a voice to frustrated teachers, overpaid administrators, ignorant and unsupportive parents, and students who show little respect for authority.
Using poetry, scene excerpts, and humorous e-mail conversations, Hopeful but Frustrated Teacher (HBFT) takes the reader on a one-day journey at Vilyon Middle School. Aside from teaching, maintaining control of their classrooms, and dealing with rowdy students who are only interested in sports, text messaging, and defacing the school’s bathrooms, Vilyon's teachers must bite their tongues and endure the wrist slappings from Alicia Marsh, the school's principal.
While these characters are fictional, there is truth behind their struggles. No Teachers Left Behind unravels a world that is too close for comfort and ends in a shocking tragedy. This stunning book is about the dedicated teachers who have given their lives to their students and their careers in the hopes that their voices will be heard.
From: Kelly Scott
To: Tracey Peterson/VMS Re: Marvin's Grades
Dear Ms. Peterson,
I am writing because Marvin texted me earrlier, and told me that he is in your class again. I do not want Marvin in your class again this year. You felled him last year so I have no idea why he was placed in your class again. You were bitch last year, and I am sure you are still a bitch this year. You are an inqualified lady who has a job as an educater, and you are also a very unsimpathetic person. I insist that Marvin be placed in the class of a more qualified teacher who is simpathetic to the fact that he sometimes takes a nap during the day because he likes to stay up late watching televission. I expect this to be done before the end of the day, and I would like to receive an email when it ocurrs. If this is not done, I will come to Vilyon as soon as my shift at the Waffle Shack is over.
Kelly Scott, Marvins mother
From: Tracey Peterson/ Vilyon Middle School/TCPS
To: Kelly Scott Re: Marvin's Grades (remix not sent)
CC: Shawna White
Dear Ms. Scott,
I do not give a damn that you are unhappy with Marvin's grades. How the hell do you think I feel? That shit for brains kid of yours repeated the fourth and fifth grade twice, and now he is repeating the sixth grade for the second year in my class. That fat turd brought down my class average on the CRCT. He could not even bubble in his own name right to get the minimum score. And you, a waitress who works at a place where a waffle and hot dog platter is considered a gourmet dish, you have the nerve to criticize me without even recognizing the fact that this boy who is almost old enough to drive himself to school, does not even know his multiplication tables. How many certifications do you need in order to be a waitress and a sad ass parent? You are a dumb bitch. If Marvin is the future of this world, where in the hell is the damn red button? Fuck you bitch and the entire family that inbred you.
Please send additional comments to my personal email account, uignorantbitch.feelme.com.
6th grade Language Arts, Vilyon Middle School
5 Books (A Must Read)
Rating: 5 Books (A must read. Purchase this one today)
No Teachers Left Behind is a thought provoking realistic fiction novel that depicts life in a fictional middle school. It is a refreshing change from the generic “perfect school” novels that are too often printed.
HBF tells the story through a series of outrageous emails, brief but powerful conversations, and short poems. This is a unique way of storytelling, but it works ever so splendidly.
No Teachers Left Behind is a powerful novel. The scenario is so real that you can’t help but wonder if there really is a Vilyon Middle School. If there is such a place, you might want to get your child out of there real quick!
--The Reading Diva
One Word - Fabulous!
Your Book - It is fabulous! It pulls the reader in and shakes him out. It makes you laugh until you have to hold your sides and cry for the sad truths it evokes. It was funny, scary, and truthful in a sad way. The sad part is that the people in charge do not see what they are doing. They are caricatures of themselves. I honestly don't think they realize the incredible amount of daily mistakes they make in trying to lead teachers through a school year. That is a very sad fact. Teachers with high integrity and values who work tirelessly for the kids are not appreciated. Those in power do not show good judgment in places where good judgment is of the utmost importance. This is the best book I’ve read in years! Thanks for writing it.
Will leave you thinking!
If you want to take a scary and sometimes funny–if it weren’t so real–trip through the day-to-day life of middle school teachers, then pick up a copy of No Teachers Left Behind by Hopeful But Frustrated Teacher (HBF Teacher).
Join Sixth Grade teachers Sandra Wyatt and Marcus Watts, Seventh Grade teachers Sonya Harte and Gail Jenkins, Eighth Grade teacher Angela Williams, and the other teachers, administrators and support staff at fictional Vilyon Middle School for a glimpse into the daily life of teachers in America’s public school system.
Frustrated, by overpaid administrators whose decisions lack common sense and place the “needs” of students ahead of everything else–including necessary discipline and safety issues, the teaching staff at Vilyon Middle School can’t even seem to get support from the support staff. The head custodian expects them to make sure unruly and unmanageable students don’t destroy the bathrooms; while unsupportive parents point to teachers as the problem behind their children’s lack of academic success.
Told through a series of scene excerpts, poems, and email exchanges, No Teachers Left Behind portrays some of the challenges facing American public schools today; and it leaves the reader wondering if these types of things occur in every school district in America.
My opinions on this book are mixed because I approach it both as a parent and as someone who volunteers in local public schools. I’ve watched while budget cuts have left teachers counting the number of photocopies they make each day, while perfectly useable equipment is replaced with newer models. I’ve heard the cries of large class sizes, but have heard stories of teachers not wanting parents in their classrooms.
The administrators are out of touch with reality in this book, and the majority of students and all the parents are portrayed in an unflattering light. Most of the students are more interested in making drug deals, getting their teachers suspended, and getting it on, than performing well academically; and the parents fault the teachers, not themselves, for any problems that arise.
The author’s passion for this subject is evident. While I didn’t think I would care for the format at first, I found it very easy to follow the various email communications and scenes to their shocking and tragic conclusion. The language is a bit crude in places, but mostly appropriate when used. The one thing I didn’t quite understand was the cover art; but I thought the rolling prairie might be symbolic of the less complicated days of educating children in one-room classrooms, before government legislation and mandatory testing dictated how educators taught their students.
No Teachers Left Behind is one of those books that will leave you thinking about the state of things long after you’ve turned the last page.
--The Book Rack - Cheryl C. Malandrinos
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