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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
As a former teacher, I applaud Jack Bender for his book Disregarded. The atmosphere in one particular school was disheartening. It was a “me against the world attitude.” An “I’ll get you before you get me stance.” Of course it was not all the faculty--just the majority. The attitude was rooted in administration’s attitude.
Bender deftly shares his story with readers. His journey into change came about through a change of legislature. The goal was to give teachers more of a voice in how the school ran. Through a series of actions, Bender sees a personal change within himself. He attended a retreat, Courage To Teach. This single event had the most profound effect on him. It brought him serenity and a new understanding of his work environment. As he changed, others around him began to change.
Bender utilizes humor as he tells his story. He has an amazing talent for drawing readers in and holding their attention. Administration, management, and all employees would benefit from reading Disregarded.