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Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference Someone should be fired for the title, which conjures damp tales of the Stand and Deliver or Dangerous Minds school: Edmundson's story of Franklin...Teacher: The One Who Made the DifferenceNonfiction Someone should be fired for the title, which conjures damp tales of the Stand and Deliver or Dangerous Minds school: Edmundson's story of Franklin...2002-08-09Random House
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Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference

Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Mark Edmundson; Publisher: Random House

Someone should be fired for the title, which conjures damp tales of the Stand and Deliver or Dangerous Minds school: Edmundson’s story of Franklin Lears’ philosophy course at a working-class Boston-area high school in the late ’60s deserves better. How the class prodded the author’s transformation from an isolated football meathead to a Yale grad and university professor is chockablock with wit, detail, and surprisingly clear-eyed memory. The result is surprisingly powerful for anyone who found his adolescent intelligence to be a flickering thing, as raw and unreliable as a half-screwed-in lightbulb.