Angela’s Ashes

Angela's AshesThe tribulations of Frank McCourt and his family as described in his memoir, Angela’s Ashes, is heart rending. The poverty is a curse indeed but at the same time the optimism of the family is an encouragement. There may be many life stories that are similar to Mr. McCourt’s but it is still a very inspiring and one in a million life story.

Mr. McCourt’s father is an interesting person as he shirks his responsibilities but at the same his love for his family cannot be undermined. It seems that he was possessed by two contrasting personalities. I fail to sympathize with such people. Having read Teacher Man by Frank McCourt, it was interesting to read the childhood journey of Mr. McCourt. Presence of religion and education in the life of Frank McCourt seems to have given him the power of discretion and the strength to pursue his dream in America. The lesson for me is that I have to make sure that my children are equipped with the essential tools needed to live a worthy life – education and spirituality.

Teacher Man: A Memoir

Teacher Man: A MemoirI enjoyed reading Teacher Man: A MemoirTeacher Man: A Memoir by Frank McCourt. I understood how hard it is to be a teacher. I believe every parent is a teacher too. So, this book taught me a valuable lesson such as it’s important to look at the lesson from the perspective of the student. The student should be able to relate to it to be interested in the lesson. For example, the students enjoyed writing when the assignment was writing excuse notes rather than something like Hamlet. I’ll try to remember that while raising my son.

The most interesting perspective I got was that how he reaches his potential as a teacher when he joins a school where the principal is more interested in the progress of his students rather than disciplining and controlling kids. In such an environment, Mr. McCourt starts enjoying his job. This is reflected in students enjoying his classes. Enjoyment is infectious. If the teacher enjoys teaching, students enjoy learning and vice versa.