When Teachers Talk (Book Review)

When Teachers Talk: Principal Abuse of Teachers – The Untold Story (ISBN: 978-0-578-00563-8) is a mind-blowing book that every parent with a child in public schools should read. In the book, teacher interviews disclose the real reasons schools are failing and how your child suffers because of it. Under the protection of anonymity, hundreds of teachers talk. This book delivers a powerful message to parents and anyone who wonders why so many students are struggling and public education is failing.

Here’s some information about When Teachers Talk

When Teachers Talk gives a voice to often-unheard public school teachers, who share true stories of biased, politically motivated and even openly vindictive principals. Based on survey results and personal interviews with 500 Chicago public school teachers between 2000 and 2005, Schnall’s new book features hundreds of teacher testimonials that expose the hidden crisis of principal misconduct in America’s schools and how it is affecting our children.

Schnall is a retired elementary school teacher with 35 years experience, serving at seven different schools and under nine principals in the Chicago Public School System. You can visit www.whenteacherstalk.com for more information.

My Review of When Teachers Talk
Wow. I’m not kidding when I say that this book was eye opening and absolutely heartbreaking. I no longer have my children in public school, and after reading this book, I am even more thankful to be a homeschooling mom. This country is in serious trouble and education for our children needs to stop being put on the back burner.

I absolutely could not believe some of the things I read in this book. The way these teachers were being treated by principals was insane. These principals had such an abuse of power that it turned into an abuse of teachers. So very, very sad what these teachers have had to endure.

I will say that not every principal in the book was painted in a bad light. There were a handful of really great principals: those who treated the teachers with respect and understood that it really is all about the children.

The book also provides a section entitled “What Can We Do About It?” It offers suggestions from teachers as well as a sample faculty questionnaire.

While I’m not a teacher (in a public school system), I am a mom. And the things that I read in this book are shocking. Our children deserve better. Our child(ren)’s teachers deserve so much better. Here they are, sacrificing their time, efforts, and abilities to nurture and help our children succeed. They should be respected and esteemed not belittled and abused.

When Teachers Talk is one book that every teacher, parent, educator, and school board should read. It will blow your mind. But it might just make the change that our public school system needs. (Of course, Jesus would help the public school systems even more, but this would make a really good start.)

Where to Buy When Teachers Talk
When Teachers Talk is available for purchase on www.whenteacherstalk.com or on Amazon.com.

Also, be sure to check out the When Teachers Talk Blog, Follow the Author on Twitter, Find the Author on LinkedIn, and Become a Fan on Facebook.

Disclosure: I was contacted by Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists and sent a copy of When Teachers Talk to get my honest and candid review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. The thoughts expressed in this review are my own opinions and others may have different results or reactions.

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    It sounds like a good read.

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