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A student standing on a wall threatening to moon the school, while simultaneously flipping the bird to approaching police officers. A boy who quotes verbatim "R" rated films while running around the room half-naked. Back-and-forth banter where kids insult each other (on purpose) for the sake of memorizing good "comebacks." A loner whose mom locked him out of the house to t A student standing on a wall threatening to moon the school, while simultaneously flipping the bird to approaching police officers. A boy who quotes verbatim "R" rated films while running around the room half-naked. Back-and-forth banter where kids insult each other (on purpose) for the sake of memorizing good "comebacks." A loner whose mom locked him out of the house to teach him a lesson, and his attempt to jump off a roof to teach her one. On that first, innocent, and fateful day, as he stepped into the mire of public education, these were not the stories that Derek Stooks imagined he would eventually tell. What he discovered was that it was the student's words, actions, tears and yes, their craziness that would ultimately impact his life in profound ways. Take a front row seat on this hilarious journey through the beginnings of a career in Special Education, where the stories are too unbelievable to be anything but true. Then join him as he makes the transition into teaching General Education, learning the "ups and downs" of dealing with a system in which the cards are inevitably stacked against you.


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A student standing on a wall threatening to moon the school, while simultaneously flipping the bird to approaching police officers. A boy who quotes verbatim "R" rated films while running around the room half-naked. Back-and-forth banter where kids insult each other (on purpose) for the sake of memorizing good "comebacks." A loner whose mom locked him out of the house to t A student standing on a wall threatening to moon the school, while simultaneously flipping the bird to approaching police officers. A boy who quotes verbatim "R" rated films while running around the room half-naked. Back-and-forth banter where kids insult each other (on purpose) for the sake of memorizing good "comebacks." A loner whose mom locked him out of the house to teach him a lesson, and his attempt to jump off a roof to teach her one. On that first, innocent, and fateful day, as he stepped into the mire of public education, these were not the stories that Derek Stooks imagined he would eventually tell. What he discovered was that it was the student's words, actions, tears and yes, their craziness that would ultimately impact his life in profound ways. Take a front row seat on this hilarious journey through the beginnings of a career in Special Education, where the stories are too unbelievable to be anything but true. Then join him as he makes the transition into teaching General Education, learning the "ups and downs" of dealing with a system in which the cards are inevitably stacked against you.

38 review for The Devil's Name is George: Confessions of a Public Education Teacher

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beagle Lover (Avid Reader)

    Mr. Stooks has managed to write about a very serious issue, the American Public Educational system, with just the right amount of firsthand experience, facts and humor to keep this reader invested in the entire novel. The experiences he relates shows many of the glaring inequities and injustices in a system run by authorities who have no clue about teaching and the U.S. Department of Education, which costs taxpayers $80 BILLION a year to run and oversee all aspects of education in America. The a Mr. Stooks has managed to write about a very serious issue, the American Public Educational system, with just the right amount of firsthand experience, facts and humor to keep this reader invested in the entire novel. The experiences he relates shows many of the glaring inequities and injustices in a system run by authorities who have no clue about teaching and the U.S. Department of Education, which costs taxpayers $80 BILLION a year to run and oversee all aspects of education in America. The author exposes the reality of becoming a teacher, from college to the classroom to eventual burnout. Along his journey, he regales the reader with amazing, at times unbelievable and humerous real stories about the students, other teachers and administrators that he encounted in his teaching years. Begining with instructing Special Education students, Mr. Stooks tells of a system that treats these already disadvantaged youths with even more disrespect and insensativity than is believable. He moves on to his General Education years, which is riddled with even more concern for saving money than educating the students. Also relating his rather imaginative teaching methods to maintain order in a group of youths with mental and physical issues, Mr. Stooks shows the reader just what a Special Education instructor must tolerate on a daily basis. This reader found this book not only humerous, but an extremely informational read. Anyone wanting to learn about the firsthand truth behind the educational system in the U.S., then this is the book for you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Ray

    Both of my children were in Special Ed. (Both autistic, daughter also has ADHD.) So I had more than a passing interest in reading this. I have great respect for those who have decided to teach in the Special Ed field, and those teachers (or should I say, the good ones) do not get the kudos they so deserve. (That goes for good teachers in General Ed as well!) I DID have some excellent teachers, whom I will always remember fondly. (Of course, there were also some mediocre and poor teachers - the l Both of my children were in Special Ed. (Both autistic, daughter also has ADHD.) So I had more than a passing interest in reading this. I have great respect for those who have decided to teach in the Special Ed field, and those teachers (or should I say, the good ones) do not get the kudos they so deserve. (That goes for good teachers in General Ed as well!) I DID have some excellent teachers, whom I will always remember fondly. (Of course, there were also some mediocre and poor teachers - the less said there, the better...) I did enjoy this book for the most part. my only particular negative comment is that Mr. Stooks should consider a different Spellchecker. His gave actual words, but not necessarily the correct one. I know I saw a mix-up between your and you're (a pet peeve) and accept and except. As he is a teacher, I might hold slightly higher expectations. (Although I actually blame the spellchecker, this was apparently missed in proof-reading.) Sorry for the nit-picking. I DID enjoy the book

  3. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    Didn't finish book, I have more interesting stories working in special Education classes than he does. I really was expecting better. Didn't finish book, I have more interesting stories working in special Education classes than he does. I really was expecting better.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Svetlana Petrova

    Working in special education, I was very curious to read this book. I liked certain parts of it and did not care for some others. The author's depictions of day to day ED classroom experiences and descriptions of students and their stories were definitely fair and entertaining. One can see that he was and probably is a good teacher. He cared for his students and did not sugar coated their behavior or the school's failure to help them. On the other hand, I felt that there is no need to dedicate s Working in special education, I was very curious to read this book. I liked certain parts of it and did not care for some others. The author's depictions of day to day ED classroom experiences and descriptions of students and their stories were definitely fair and entertaining. One can see that he was and probably is a good teacher. He cared for his students and did not sugar coated their behavior or the school's failure to help them. On the other hand, I felt that there is no need to dedicate so much time to farting and dookie/pooping jokes. Seriously, it is on almost every page. Someone is always farting or talking about farting or laughing about it. It might have been funny the first 5 times, but then it is just irritating. One can assume that it is the author's particular interest/hobby, which he does not deny, I guess (see the description of him passing gas towards students he wants to punish). Also, it was somewhat funny to read how he constantly praises himself as a good teacher. Why? Is he not sure that he is a good teacher? It seems that he was/is from what he was able to do in sped and gened classrooms, so there is no need for peacocking. Overall, it is a three star book in my opinion which could have been made better by better editing (and proofreading - there are SO MANY typos!).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aimee Kathryn

    I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway and I really enjoyed it. The genre is not one I'd normally be interested in but the description given on the website sounded intriguing to me so I thought I'd give it a shot and I was not disappointed. I don't want to give too much away about this book but I do have to say if you read it chances are high that you will love it!! I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway and I really enjoyed it. The genre is not one I'd normally be interested in but the description given on the website sounded intriguing to me so I thought I'd give it a shot and I was not disappointed. I don't want to give too much away about this book but I do have to say if you read it chances are high that you will love it!!

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