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  • Helicopter Parents, Special Snowflakes, and Other Bullshit
  • By: Jane Morris
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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By: Jane Morris
Narrated by: Amy McFadden
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Summary

Teacher Misery perfectly encapsulates the comical misery that has become the teaching profession. Jane Morris's strange, funny, and sometimes unbelievable teaching experiences are told through a collection of short stories, essays, and artifacts including real emails from parents, students, and administrators.

From the parents who blame their son's act of arson on the teacher for causing him low self-esteem, to the student who offers to teach the teacher how to sell drugs so she can pay her bills, to the administrator whose best advice is to "treat kids like sacks of shit", one story is more shocking than the next.

An important audiobook for teachers and non-teachers alike, Teacher Misery paints an amusing and thoroughly entertaining picture of what has become of our education system, without detracting from the overall point that what teachers have to put up with today is complete, utter, unacceptable insanity.

©2016 Jane Morris (P)2018 Tantor

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  • onewoman'sopinion
  • 27-03-19

Nope.

I have been teaching for twenty years. I have a sense of humor about my job and an appreciation for the students whom I’m help educate. The author seems cruel and, frankly, unqualified to register an opinion after so few years of teaching.

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  • Stephanie
  • 06-12-18

Miserable Teacher

I’m a teacher in a large urban public school. None of these stories were shocking. I kept waiting for her to talk about the many students she loved. None of that. If I were to write a book it would be about absurd policies and a ridiculous student here and there that make the job impossible, but never the majority of my students. I’ve met teachers like this. Nothing makes them happy. They are the reason parents become entitled. I’m just disappointed that she couldn’t find any joy in teaching because there is just so much!

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  • Kelsey Nuckolls
  • 11-08-19

Couldn’t even finish.

As an educator, I love hearing of others’ teaching horror stories. This book is just not funny. And it definitely couldn’t hold my interest. Save your money and/or your audible credits. This one isn’t worth it.

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  • Katheryn
  • 11-06-19

Too negative.

I am a veteran educator and while I know all too well that education is in a hard place right now and needs A LOT of changes, this book is just way too much negative for me all at once. There is a lot of good in education and I think we need to bring those to light too, not just negative stuff.

I think this book intended good things... it was just way, way too much jammed down my inner being about the negatives for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-05-18

will struggle to finish this book

this author seems utterly unqualified to be a teacher. She seems to have no aptitude for students or the student-teacher relationships. as a paraprofessional this was a difficult book to finish. if you have no patience or interest in kids, why would she ever become a teacher? love of a subject will not make you an excellent teacher and she did not seem to realize this.

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  • Alaina
  • 21-07-22

True but disparaging

I have experienced many of the things this author describes throughout my teaching career. Her stories are sadly accurate and true. This book will be eye opining for anyone who has not been in the teaching profession. I do, however, take issue with is her pseudonyms for parents and students. I assume she is aiming to be funny but misses the mark and instead weakens her argument by appearing bitter and petty when recounting parent and student interactions.

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  • Lindsay Kruse
  • 02-07-22

I promise we’re not all like this.

She calls ADHD a “get out of work free card” and makes fun of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Black names. She says that students in specialized schools “cannot be corrected.” I am a teacher myself, and I was just looking for something funny to listen to on break, but this is too offensive for me to enjoy. I agree with the premise that we have to laugh about some of the crazy things that happen to us or we’ll cry, but this content is just tirades of complaint with shades of racism and ableism. Gross

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-03-22

must read

I couldn't stop listening to this book. it was fantastic. very funny and insightful.

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  • Tired Teacher
  • 07-01-22

3rd year teacher

I’m a third year teacher (having only ever taught during the pandemic) this book made me feel a lot less alone.

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  • corrie douglas
  • 06-08-21

Must Read

Non-educators should read/listen to this book. Provides interesting and embarrassingly true narrative of what many Professionals must endure daily!