Hey, It’s Raph here with my final words on Gruwell’s Teach With Your Heart. I don’t want this to be long because I think that, for the most part, everything that can be said has been said and I don’t want to put her down too much more (although it is extremely easy to do so with how terrible and self-serving the end of the book is), but I just want to point out one of the major problems I have with her approach to teaching. This all goes back to when she bought her students Catcher in the Rye. I can understand buying books for students if they don’t have access, but the way she went about it was wrong, and the way she talked about it in the book was wrong.
Last week, I went to the bar with my friend Anthony and bought us both a shot of Wild Turkey. He hates Wild Turkey, but since I bought him the shot, he felt obligated to take it and he did. We talked about this afterwards and it occurred to me that it was a similar situation with Gruwell’s students. They felt obligated to read it because she bought the books for them. I think this is terrible. Students should be reading because they are genuinely interested in finding out what’s going on in the book (much like I finished Gruwell’s book to see if she had any sort of soul). They shouldn’t be reading out of obligation.
That is all. The end was very disappointing and I am happy to be done with it. But that part has been bothering me for a few weeks so I just needed to address it to see what everyone else thought about it. Let me know.