Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher

This classic work, long out of print, recounts the experiences of an African American teacher during his first year working in a Harlem elementary school in the 1960s. Though written more than forty years ago, the diary still rings true to the experience of many beginning teachers today. The New York Times Book Review called Haskins’s diary “a weapon—cold, blunt, painful” and Look magazine said it “will be read a generation hence as a classic of one aspect of American education.” As Herbert Kohl discusses in his new foreword, Diary of a Harlem Schoolteacher is a dramatic reminder of how much educational work there is still to do.

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