The Overly Honest Teacher is narrative non-fiction written from the perspective of an educator, speaking to the modern-day parent community. Its premise is quite simple―tools and tips, anecdotes and advice, from one side of the desk to the other. Providing a means for teachers and parents to establish a healthy working relationship, the book goes on to define a way for these parents to extend successful classroom techniques for molding and shaping students of character into the at-home environment, allowing for a cohesive educational experience each day, all day.
What I Thought:
You don’t have to be a parent to spot quite what a minefield being a parent can be – turning our little bundles of joy into rounded, adjusted human adults is not for the faint of heart and, luckily for us, there are plenty of books to help guide us on our parenting journey.
The Overly Honest Teacher by Meredith Essalat comes to us from the US where many, many things in the education system differ from the UK, but where the core goals of parenting and teaching remain the same – nurturing children in a way that will help them grow.
As an educator of many years’ experience, Meredith Essalat has had a lot of kids come through her classroom and most of these kids come with one or two big drawbacks – the parents! When your child starts school, you really have to decide what kind of parent you want to be – the pushy one, the laid back one, the confrontational one etc. Meredith has seen them all, knows which ones will help their children prosper or not, and spells out strategies to support children through their education without coming into conflict with them, or their teachers.
Meredith’s advice is written in a clear way and with a conciliatory tone. She is able to give good advice, and point out the pitfalls of being a parent in a school environment without judgement and the examples she gives from her own teaching career bring home the adage that ‘it takes a village’ to raise children and send them out into the world.
Although, as I said, this book focuses on the US education system so there may be some elements that don’t especially fit in with the the UK way of doing things, but it is an excellent overview of surviving the education system from the inside. As the book title says – it’s honest, even if that honesty is sometimes a little uncomfortable to hear. It is, though, always so valuable to hear about some of these things from an educator’s point of view.
The Overly Honest Teacher is published by The Collective Book Studio.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.