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The Pedagogue: Educating Montana
Survival in rural Montana requires an impoverished pedagogue to live in two conflicting worlds–teacher and section-worker–providing context for a ribald narrative laced with humor, romance, and educational challenges.
5.5'' x 8.5''
, 250 pages
FICTION / Humorous
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To survive in rural Montana, an impoverished pedagogue is forced to live in two radically different worlds–one of thought and learning as a teacher, the other rough and vulgar, as a section hand working on the railroad.
It is a compelling, ribald story–full of humor, pathos, hope, and educational challenges–some would say the rural counterpart to Frank McCourt’s Teacher Man.
The book is also a love story about a man who is moved by great poetry and conflicted by his passions, but who ultimately suppresses his more base desires and conforms to the norms of society.
I loved this book!!!!
Laugh! Cry! Struggle alongside Carl as he "becomes" and "stays" a teacher/principal, while raising a family and experiencing life in Montana. How does one work within the "establishment" and still maintain ones own moral and ethical standards? The Pedagogue shows how he did it.
I loved this book on many levels!!! An easy and enjoyable read, we are reminded that the world was a very different place not that long ago. And that, as different we think we are from others, the reality of it is that we all are very much alike.
The author kept the story interesting and moving while allowing the reader a peek into the main character's thoughts and convictions, which made him so real. I found his standards and ethics in line with those of, "The Greatest Generation" and a simple reminder that strength; moral, physical, intellectual, spiritual AND a good sense of humor are ALL good for the human soul. Teachers of every age would appreciate and enjoy this. It would do most students some good to read this too.
WOULD I RECOMMENDED THIS TO A FRIEND? ABSOLUTELY
Being the same generations as the sons in this book I enjoyed the integrity and standards of the main character. The complexity and diversity
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