Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me
With a new afterword.
‘The best book on teachers and children and writing that I’ve ever read. No-one has said better so much of what so badly needs saying’ – Philip Pullman
Kate Clanchy wants to change the world and thinks school is an excellent place to do it. She invites you to meet some of the kids she has taught in her thirty-year career.
Join her as she explains everything about sex to a classroom of thirteen-year-olds. As she works in the school ‘Inclusion Unit’, trying to improve the fortunes of kids excluded from regular lessons because of their terrifying power to end learning in an instant. Or as she nurtures her multicultural poetry group, full of migrants and refugees, watches them find their voice and produce work of heartbreaking brilliance.
While Clanchy doesn’t deny stinging humiliations or hide painful accidents, she celebrates this most creative, passionate and practically useful of jobs. Teaching today is all too often demeaned, diminished and drastically under-resourced. Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me will show you why it shouldn’t be.
Winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2020
'One of the most inspiring books about teaching you'll ever read . . . superbly well written . . . brilliantly funny' - Sunday Times 'As vivid and honest an account of classroom teaching as you are likely to read . . . sometimes moving, sometimes comic and always engaging' - Guardian 'Inspiring, moving and funny ... A book that will appeal not just to other teachers and parents, but to anyone who cares about education' - The Times 'Read it. It will make you a better person, kinder and more understanding' - Spectator 'An engaging, continuously interesting book, and an encouraging one. It is full of good stories and I don't think anyone could read it without having his or her understanding deepened and sympathies engaged' - Allan Massie 'Beautifully written and full of heart. Kate Clanchy has written a love letter to teachers everywhere, to remind us all that as children we begin with tolerance and love' - Christie Watson, author of The Language of Kindness
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