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Reviewed by Tyriq Bostic ‘17

        After reading Faces of Learning, I learned that teaching is one of the most important and undervalued professions there are. The book split 50 stories told by people greatly changed by teachers into five sections. The sections were challenging, engaging, supportive, relevant, and experiential. The stories are told by a host of different people, from CEO’s to current teachers. A lot of the people profiled had never had a teacher care for them and because of this, they did not understand the value of education and a good caring teacher. Faces of Learning was an eye-opening book and showed the power that an eductor holds in their hands. The book shows there is no such thing as a “lost cause” or “dumb kid”. Everyone is different and the learning experience is the same. It is a tremendously personal journey that cannot be told by numbers and tests. Instead it is told by the experiences of the students in the desks and the teachers in front of them.

        Many people are not as fortunate as those profiled in Faces of Learning. They spend their entire academic careers hating school and teachers and may even drop out. This was only addressed by three people profiled in the book because they were once those kids hating school. This is not to take away from the power in the 50 stories but to add light on the other side of the education spectrum. The experiences shared are extremely interesting and fascinating. They show the strength of talented and caring teachers. Teachers have a lot of power in their hands, and when they misuse it they fail their students. These are the students who do not have a defining moment in their education. The system is not perfect but there are bright spots and Faces of Learning shows them.