The shocking, true story of how an innovative, free-thinking teacher was driven out of her job. Elizabeth Collins was a respected English teacher at a private high school. She loved her students and worked herself to the bone. Then, because Collins did not use her husband's last name, she was attacked for being a too-liberal influence. Collins became the unwitting victim of extremists who targeted her for termination and vilified her for daring to write about teaching in her widely-read blog. This popular teacher suddenly found herself at the center of an internationally reported scandal because she dared to speak out in order to protect others in her field and to write about teaching in order to perfect her craft. Hailed as a hero and a martyr and decried as an indoctrinator, Collins became either an inspirational and polarizing figure, depending on one's political perspective. TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL explains the kind of teacher Collins was and is, what she wrote, the stress she endured, and how she survived. When a teacher can be targeted for being open-minded, having social media skills, and sharing her ideas about teaching, who is safe? This fascinating memoir is heartbreaking, deeply funny, uplifting, and terrifying--a must read for all teachers, students, parents, and anyone concerned with the state of American education today.
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Elizabeth Collins is a writer, editor, professor, and tutor. An award-winning essayist and former reporter, she holds her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Collins also runs a private tutoring business called Full Potential and is the editor of the acclaimed creative writing collection The Beautiful Anthology from TNB Books. Read her blog at prettyfreaky.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter @sheepandstars.Review:
Provocative, can't put it down. All the more compelling because it is true. --Greg Olear, author of Fathermucker and Totally Killer
Buoyant, courageous, full of spirit. Collins is the teacher I always dreamed of having. --Marta Szabo, author of The Guru Looked Good; Co-director, Authentic Writing
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