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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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Depressingly hopeful

This book is amazing. I am an Australian teacher and I could relate to so many of these stories and examples. What was so beautiful about this book though was that through the performance and writing you could genuinely feel Jane’s love for what she does. It sucks and is hard but that there are moments, connections and people that constantly make it worth getting out of bed and facing another day of bull worth it.

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  • onewoman'sopinion
  • 27-03-2019

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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  • Kelsey Nuckolls
  • 11-08-2019

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
  • 11-06-2019

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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  • Stephanie
  • 06-12-2018

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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  • corrie douglas
  • 06-08-2021

Must Read

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

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  • 05-08-2021

Must read for every teacher!

This is an absolute must read for every teacher… It gives you peace of mind, sanity, commiseration, entertainment and even hope! I bookmarked so many places just because things were either so ridiculous or extremely relatable or both! Cannot recommend this book enough… It wouldn’t hurt for parents to give it a read it as well because they might understand what things are really like for teachers. I also absolutely love the pseudonyms and substitute names for all of the people mentioned in this book! Please keep sharing more of these stories!

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  • P.
  • 25-11-2020

It's painfully true

I seriously had to walk away from it a few times because it's so on-the-nose. I have hundreds of stories exactly like these.

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  • Jessica Smith
  • 27-08-2020

I wish zero stars was an option.

I have been teaching for 18 years, and I have a very healthy sense of humor. This book is not funny. It is mean and cruel.

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  • Russell
  • 20-06-2020

Every Teacher Should Listen To

I sooooo can relate to this story since i am a 2nd grade elementaey teacher.

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  • Lklns
  • 16-02-2020

A lot of boring unedited emails in their entirety

I appreciate that this book exists, but there were a lot of pretty uninteresting documents apparently with no editing or commentary, for instance, a psychologist's recommendations for very normal accommodations for Asperger's syndrome.

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