Good book - need to take out again to do book review
Thoroughly disappointing. While he may have been a great teacher, he was not a good writer and this is just an egotistical record of his achievements while ignoring the obvious failure of his marriage. Being married to one's job leaves no room for a partner if they always come second. And he completely ignores the crux issue about the priority list. He doesn't even say what it is. The final page has a list, and that is it. Leave this book alone.
"In The Priority List, former high school English teacher David Menasche explains a teaching tool he developed to help his students understand the literature they were studying. He gave them a list of concepts such as love, honour, respect, and power and asked them to rank the importance of these concepts in a literary work. Though he realised the students' rankings gave him insight into their own lives, Menasche didn't create his own priority list until years later. To his surprise, friendship and education ranked above his marriage. After brain cancer forced him to quit teaching, he travelled around the country to renew his connections with former students." Biography and Memoir April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/43337901-34d1-4c84-b134-32954b837d7d?postId=71b729f6-9022-4878-baad-967f3a6f4063
One of the most compelling parts of this memoir is not the journey of the teacher with terminal brain cancer, but rather the thoughts and words of his former students that are included.
If you liked "The Last Lecture" you'll enjoy this.
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