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Bring Me the Head of the NCEA!
by Gregg Smith

This book is the true story of an immigrant teacher?s experiences with the New Zealand secondary education system. Beginning with a detailed history of the author?s life prior to training as a teacher, the book weaves a tale through the intricacies of applying to and attending teacher training in New Zealand, finding a job as a teacher, struggling to teach students aggressively opposed to learning, and dealing with the various bureaucratic organisations that surround New Zealand schools.

While much of the introductory material is light-hearted, the narrative evolves into a serious discussion of issues surrounding secondary education in New Zealand. The horrors confronting some teachers are described in full detail, with extensive documentation. The book brings the full impact of the problems home by giving the reader an intimate look at the effects of the abusive and destructive work environment that eventually lead to the author?s walking away from his teaching career in order to preserve his mental and emotional health.

This story is a must-read for anyone associated with education, particularly in New Zealand. It raises serious questions about the demands we place on teachers. Ultimately, it questions the purpose and effectiveness of the education system as a whole, while exposing systematic failures at all levels.

This story makes compelling, if frightening, reading. You may never put your child in a public school again.

Paperback, 2011 , 496pages, very good condition

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