Publication Date: December 30, 2013
HILARIOUSLY FUNNY ONE MOMENT AND THOUGHT PROVOKING THE NEXT!
POIGNANT AND GRAPHIC TALES - WITH AN UNEXPECTED TWIST NEAR THE END.
NICE TO KNOW YOUR PUPILS GOT YOUR BACK WHEN YOU NEED IT.
JUST SOME OF THE COMMENTS FOUND IN THE 5 STAR REVIEWS OF THIS COLLECTION OF STORIES FOR ADULTS!
So What! Stories or Whatever! is a collection of stories about the people who are found in a contemporary High School; tales that will make the reader laugh, cry, think deeply or differently, and maybe even be inspired or impressed. It generally follows the early and subsequent career of Robert Jeffrey, as he attempts to prove to himself that he can motivate the children he teaches to want to learn about Science – and maybe become scientists one day. All through the book we are made aware of the joys and disappointments experienced by pupils and their teachers.
The book tends to concentrate in the latter part on an unpleasant boy Kyle, who is a bully, and his effect on two other boys, Adam and Nigel Shantra. Unknown to Mr Jeffrey he also affects the way his teaching job changes at the exact time that Robert really feels he has become a “good teacher”. The three paths of Nigel, Kyle and Robert Jeffrey converge several years later in the last chapter.
Waterloo Road or Grange Hill meet Gervase Phinn? - well maybe! When you read this book you will have to admit that the stories about its individuals will stay in your memory for a long time. With over twenty years teaching experience behind him, G J Griffiths has brought to the reader some of the stories about the children he taught, in this amusing and often sobering book. Parents, teachers, pupils and students will all recognise the characters and their tales.With the ever-present controversy about changing the education system this is a timely illustration of what is to be found in the classrooms of any contemporary High School.