To Sir with Love by E. R. Braithwaite

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This classic schoolroom drama of a black teacher in London’s tough East End who triumphs over bigotry and ignorance to change the lives of his students forever was hailed by the New York Times as “a book that the reader devours quickly, ponders slowly, and forgets not at all”
With opportunities for black men limited in post–World War II London, Rick Braithwaite, a former Royal Air Force pilot and Cambridge-educated engineer, accepts a teaching position that puts him in charge of a class of angry, unmotivated, bigoted white teenagers whom the system has mostly abandoned. When his efforts to reach these troubled students are met with threats, suspicion, and derision, Braithwaite takes a radical new approach. He will treat his students as people poised to enter the adult world. He will teach them to respect themselves and to call him “Sir.” He will open up vistas before them that they never knew existed. And over the course of a remarkable year, he will touch the lives of his students in extraordinary ways, even as they in turn, unexpectedly and profoundly, touch his.
Based on actual events in the author’s life, To Sir, With Love is a powerfully moving story that celebrates courage, commitment, and vision, and is the inspiration for the classic film starring Sidney Poitier.
 

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Published January 14, 2014 by Open Road Media. 200 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Gay & Lesbian, Travel, History, Romance. Fiction

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The author, a Negro from British Guiana, educated in the U. S., employed in South America, with post-graduate work in Great Britain, and RAF crew in World War II, experienced two years of rebuff, prejudice and discrimination in post-war London, and-disillusioned, his faith in the English way of l...

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