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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Autobiography of An American Teacher by D.J. Wright is a book that asks a hard question about American education, a powerful reflection from an education expert: What is it that makes American education ineffective? The author of this book doesn’t waste time in answering the question: the education program is designed to enhance common conformity. The book opens with an allegory of a sinking ship. “I am on a huge, sinking leviathan because a small hole was never fixed. Over time, the hole slowly enlarged into what is now becoming a gaping wound in the bowels of the ship.” This sinking ship is American education. The author makes readers see the cataclysmic rift between what students need and what education leadership demands, a rift due to the ineffective, multi-billion-dollar education programs that do not work. While policy makers, who know nothing about education, create programs that are designed to enhance common conformity, the real experts in education — the classroom teachers — are left out.
This is an important book, one that raises serious questions about American education and points out the loopholes in the system. The author brings in personal stories of harassment, illegal retribution, and common conformity that is prevalent in today’s educational system. As I read D.J. Wright’s book, I couldn’t help but think about its relevance. It is well researched and its authority is based on the fact that the author writes from inside experience, bringing life to this memoir with powerful examples. Autobiography of An American Teacher is both informative and thought-provoking, a revolutionary book that explores a professional teacher’s experience and asks tough questions about a system that is fated for doom. It’s a must-read for education experts and everyone who wants to gain insight about effective education leadership.