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Don't Tell Me Not to Believe

One Teacher's Odyssey



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Don't Tell Me Not to Believe by Gary Chattman
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TEACHING! NEW YORK CITY! The most important thing that I must state of this book is that this book is a work of fiction. I am a novelist, so the things chronicled within these pages are undoubtedly not true and the people depicted within are merely figments of my imagination. The incidents I tell herein never happened; I invented them all. One day I just sat down at my computer and I figured out that I would invent a story about a teacher in the New York City School System, so here it is. Coincidentally, I was a teacher, a supervisor, an administrator for that same New York City School System. But that is merely a coincidence. And the events depicted within could have possibly happened. I could pretend to write a memoir, as many teachers have. I could pretend to be Don Quixote, tilting at the windmills of education. I could pretend to be the Pied Piper of Hamlin, leading my students towards Moses' Promised Land. I could tell you that the main reason I wrote this book is to try to make sense of my career. This book here has a nice feel to it. After you read it, you probably will figure it could have happened. Yup, it could have. It definitely could have happened. But it is a novel, after all. This is the story of Larry Rothstein, who was-and is still--a teacher. He navigated the Red Sea with the abilities of Moses; he taught, motivated and inspired his students and fought regulations and upper echelon administrators to TEACH. He got sick, teaching, because of construction in his high school, and became a whistle blower-a whistle blower whose whistle constantly was stolen from him. Regardless of all, he succeeded. And it isn't Up the Down Staircase or 'Tis-but it is education;, or what pretends to be education in our new age.
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April 1st, 2009
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United States
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