Losing My Faculties by Brendan Halpin
A Teacher's Story

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I am just one of those rare and probably defective people who really enjoy the company of teenagers.

Brendan Halpin’s It Takes a Worried Man—a memoir of how he and his family dealt with his wife’s battle against breast cancer—was praised for its can-dor, raw humor, and riveting voice. Halpin now turns his unique talent to an unforgettable account of the pursuit of his true calling: teaching.

Losing My Faculties follows Halpin through teaching jobs in an economically depressed white ethnic town, a middle-class suburb, a last-chance truancy prevention program in the inner city, and an ambitious college-prep urban charter school. In the same cuttingly observant voice that marked It Takes a Worried Man, Halpin tells us what it really means to be a teacher—the ups and downs in the classroom, the battles with administrators and colleagues, and the joy of doing a job that matters. Not the tale of a hero who changes his troubled students’ lives in one year, Losing My Faculties is, rather, the story of an all-too-fallible teacher who persists in spite of the frustrations that have driven so many others from the profession. After nine years of teaching, Halpin finds his idealism in shreds but his sense of humor and love for his work blessedly intact.

About Brendan Halpin

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Brendan Halpin, a thirty-four-year-old high school English teacher, is the author of the acclaimed memoir It Takes a Worried Man. He lives in Boston with his wife, Kirsten, and their daughter, Rowen.From the Hardcover edition.
Published August 12, 2003 by Villard. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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I will feel guilty for years about this.” Halpin changes jobs often, working in various suburban schools as he tries to find a way into the Boston public school system, where he aches to teach.

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As he's finishing grad school in the early 1990s, the author applies for positions in the Boston public school system;

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Brendan Halpin's new memoir, LOSING MY FACULTIES, which details his work as a high school English teacher, will certainly ring a few (school) bells for any disillusioned and exhausted teacher.

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This book is about Brendan Halpin's experiences of being a high school teacher.

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