A Life in School: What the Teacher Learned
In this text, one of America's 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's 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 story of spiritual awakening, Tompkins' book critiques our educational system while also paying tribute to it.