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As Bad as They Say?Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx$
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Janet Grossbach Mayer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234165

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234165.001.0001

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As Bad as They Say?

Janet Grossbach Mayer

Fordham University Press

This chapter is about Nobody, Janet Mayer — an ordinary person. It describes how Mayer came to be the teacher she was and what she accomplished during more than three decades of teaching in the Bronx. The chapter begins by describing an event that occurred very early in Mayer's life, and maybe, the most profound and influential. It discusses a social studies class that had a tremendous empowering influence on Mayer. A two-year course in contemporary civilization was mandated for every Queens College student in the 1950s. In her fourth-year Spanish class in college, Mayer had to read, in the original Spanish, Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote, and other books such as, Teaching as a Subversive Activity, and The Saber-tooth Curriculum, by J. Abner Peddiwell.

Keywords:   Janet Mayer, teacher, Bronx, social studies, contemporary civilization, Queens College, Don Quixote, The Saber-tooth Curriculum, Spanish

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