Author and teacher Joe Gilliland’s stirring book “A Teacher’s Tale,” a must-read for those interested in education, literature, and the liberal arts, is now available in leading digital stores.
In A Teacher’s Tale, Gilliland explains how by neither planning for nor seeking a life of learning and teaching, lacking a syllabus or lesson plan, he discovered that life in academe lay in his path – a path he’s followed for more than fifty years.
Gilliland says it was never part of his plan to become a teacher, certainly not a college teacher and most certainly not an English teacher. But that’s what happened, and he’s never looked back.
A Teacher’s Tale begins in 1932 with Gilliland’s first experiences in schooling. It concludes in the summer of 1955, just as he completes his apprenticeship and stands on the brink of becoming a qualified instructor in a small college in east Texas.
“During childhood, I was very interested in reading. In fact, in an elementary school in Beaumont, Texas, the reading class was called “library.” The walls were lined with books, and we were encouraged to check out the books on our own and then make reports on them,” says Gilliland in an interview.
Readers get to immerse themselves in a relaxed-style, easy-to-read book. They get to enjoy a memoir that presents a collection of stories about Gilliland’s experiences as a teacher and a college student.
A story of schooling deeply immersed in the arts and humanities, the book shares Gilliland’s love of the university and how it compelled him to seek a life devoted to teaching, primarily in the community college arena.
In the book, Gilliland explains how his anthropology professor, “Dr. Mac,” taught him to think critically by composing provocative statements such as “education through irritation.”
He also passionately examines the books he read, from the mix of sophisticated titles in the Armed Services Editions shipped abroad to soldiers to works of criticism by Alfred Kazin.
In between those years, he served in Europe during World War II and afterward in Korea and taught English in Japan.
“This was the time I fully understood the path I wanted to take. Through formal study and casual reading, I pursued what interests me the most — that’s literature, and the goal of building a true liberal arts education,” says Gilliland.
Through this narrative, he brings together a philosophy of higher education based on the importance of arts and humanities in today’s high-tech world.
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