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Except Education
by Chris Dahl
ISBN: 978-1-932482-41-6

Except Education describes what really happens inside of American public high schools.  In these pages are the tales of the lawyers who “advocate” for students and threaten to sue any teacher who does not comply.  There are also the lost autistic souls who are led from meeting to meeting by guilty parents; there are the young Americans who are chained by behavior contracts and doped up by prescription medicine – and then ignored roundly by their parents.  Fights, rapes, drugs and stories of ordinary madness are countered by the frustration of educators stuck in terribly tedious, horribly political situations that sap their will to do one of the most noble things on the face of the earth: teach the young.  After reading this book, parents will wonder what exactly is going on in their children’s schools, and aspiring teachers may well think twice about their career choice. 

Cover art by Joel Barr.

About the Author

Chris Dahl got his Bachelors degree in English Literature from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York; he got his Masters Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. In a spasm of idealism, he decided he wanted to be like Sidney Poitier in Goodbye, Mr. Chips and he became a teacher in order to save souls.  That never really happened.  Nine-plus years of teaching, however, have brought him from the foothills of the Catskills (where Rip Van Winkle slept through the American Revolution) to districts where he had to testify against members of the Bloods and Crips street gangs.  He has taught high school English in classrooms with broken windows through which students have been thrown and in other schools ranked as high as 83rd in the country.  He is happy to report he has never been seriously injured in the line of work – not physically anyway.  The mental scars may still subsist, however.  As a younger man who desperately wanted to be Jack Kerouac, Dahl published poetry, mainly in small journals, and one work of drama called Asylum. Two other books of fiction are in the final phases of completion, The Next Revolution and Celebrating 9/11.  This is his first book of creative non-fiction, based on his first-hand experiences in the world of the American Public High School.  Currently, he lives with his wife and daughter in Pinellas county Florida and teaches public high school … still.

You can read Chris Dahl's author blog at Storiad