I don’t have to go far to get back to high school. I teach in one. But that doesn’t mean here aren’t some books that make me think about my own experiences in high school.
The Catcher in the Rye. I know I’ve written about this book before, but I can’t help it. It’s a classic, and one I love. The scene with Ackley cutting his nails and talking to Holden — that takes me back in more ways than one.
Priceless quote from Holden: “All morons hate it when you call them a moron.”
A Separate Peace. In case you didn’t figure it out, I was a prep school kid — from grades six through 12, I called two different schools in New England home. I’ve always had a soft spot for this book.
A thought from Gene: “It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but that wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart.”
Speak. I didn’t encounter this book until a few years ago, but Melinda’s description of her classes reminds me of more than one teacher I had in school. In particular, her English teachers. Sorry, folks… but from one English teacher to another…
On a lighter note, a great quote:
“I want to make a memorial for our turkey. Never has a bird been so tortured to provide such a lousy dinner.”