Teachers, Rise Up!

Political Life of American TeachersThe Political Life of American Teachers

Submitter: When I looked at the cover, I said to myself : “Ouch! When your teacher has this kind of look, you shut up, you sit and you study!” The back of the book indicate some “provocative conclusions which Harmon Zeigler has drawn from a study based on interviews with hundreds of high school teachers.” My favorite? “Male teachers are the underclass of the teaching profession, rebels in a female system.” It almost made me cry…

Holly: I googled Zeigler, and came up with lots of information about  his published works (including this book review), but only his obituary to clue us into his personal life. He seems like a great guy! As for this book, it talks about the low salaries, school conditions, and lack of decision-making power that teachers faced when the book was written. Jazz up the cover and update the terminology, and it could be relevant again today! As-is, though, it’s a weeder for any popular materials public library. Submitter’s quote tells us all we need to know about the outdated cultural references prevalent here.


  1. Male teachers may have been the underclass, but notice that they were they ones who rose most quickly to administrative positions. That is still the case in many school districts across the country. Unfortunately, the low pay and poor conditions continue today.

    1. Sexism undoubtedly played a role in the predominance of males as administrators in the past. Back in the day though, many female (and this male) teachers preferred 180 day school year as opposed to the full year responsibilities that administration jobs require.

  2. Without any pages, all I can comment on is the cover, including the pipe-smoking dude with the briefcase. I wonder what the teachers on the cover taught? I’m going to say math for him.

  3. “New Math Trauma” rang a loud bell for me. When we moved in 4th grade and I first encountered new math I went from being 2 years ahead in math to hopeless confusion that never caught up again. Sets and bases oh my!

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