Following the life of one man through the '70s, '80s, and '90s, The Quixotic Teacher is a quest for an exemplary teacher in the public school system of the Bronx in New York City:
Larry Rothstein didn’t want to be a teacher, but when it became a valid way to escape the draft, he made it his mission to be enrolled. Unwilling to join the army because of the Vietnam War, he learned that teachers were able to get a deferment and he was excited to start his new quest. Once Larry was hired, he realized that becoming a teacher was what he was meant to be. Larry dedicated his life to making a difference in the life of his students. Field trips, drama groups, and making learning fun were the focus of his life of over thirty years. But despite his dedication, school administrators tried to bring him down one notch at a time. Student deaths, students skipping classes, and the callous attitudes of administrators who could not see his vision became everyday battles, but Larry was determined to conquer his windmills. But when it seemed the school itself attacked Larry, with an illness brought on by new construction, he might finally be knocked off his Dulcinea for good.
"Writing this book was a joy, and an interesting way to look back at the past," said Gary Chattman. "The ability to use more than 30 years of my own experiences and knowledge and weave it with a fictionalized story that touches on the realities of what teachers face, and the blockades to teaching and education our kids in today's public school systems face, makes The Quixotic Teacher both an enjoyable and thoughtful read."
Chattman lives in Yonkers, NY and is a retired New York City teacher and administrator.
The Quixotic Teacher: One Man's Quest
2012, Tate Publishing
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"With my stars to guide men, with the fear of God inside me, I took off for the uncharted wilds of the wild country called the Bronx, inhabited by the underprivileged, unwelcomed, and uncivilized (at least that is what I thought) with fine knowledge that I, as a new teacher, would triumph. Many in the past had failed. But I would not fail. No.”
About Gary Chattman
Gary Chattman is a retired New York City teacher and administrator, and the author of four books: The Quixotic Teacher: One Man's Quest (2012, Tate Publishing, Fiction), Don't Tell Me Not To Believe: One Teacher's Odyssey (2009, AuthorHouse, Fiction), If I Should Die Before I Wake, I Pray the Lord My Soul to Take (2008, SBR, Fiction), and Coming of Age: Judaic Study for Bar/Bat Mitzvah—Without Hebrew School? (2007, AuthorHouse and Tate Religion/Education)
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