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As Bad as They Say?: Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx

Janet Grossbach Mayer


Rundown, vermin-infested buildings; rigid, slow-to-react bureaucratic systems; children from broken homes and declining communities. How can a teacher succeed? How does a student not only survive but also come to thrive? It can happen, and this book tells the heroic stories of the author's students during her 33-year tenure as a Bronx high school teacher. In 1995, her students began a pen-pal exchange with South African teenagers who, under apartheid, had been denied an education. Almost uniformly, the South Africans asked, “Is the Bronx as bad as they say?” This dedicated teacher promised tho ... More

Keywords: Bronx, high school teacher, pen-pal exchange, schools, reforms, public education, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823234165
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234165.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Grossbach Mayer, author
Home instructor, Port Jervis, NY