Added by 5 of our members. With opportunities for black men limited in post-World War II London, Rick Braithwaite, a former Royal Air Force pilot and Cambridge-educated engineer, accepts a teaching position that puts him in charge of a class of angry, unmotivated, bigoted white teenagers whom the system has mostly abandoned. When his efforts to reach these troubled students are met with threats, suspicion, and derision, Braithwaite takes a radical new approach. He will treat his students as people poised to enter the adult world. He will teach them to respect themselves and to call him Sir. He will open up vistas before them that they never knew existed. And, over the course of a remarkable year, he will touch the lives of his students in extraordinary ways - even as they, in turn, unexpectedly and profoundly touch his. Based on actual events in the author's life, To Sir, with Love is a powerfully moving story that celebrates courage, commitment, and vision and that inspired the classic film starring Sidney Poitier. Genre: General Fiction. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction.
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He was He had taught English at Howard University, in Washington, and lived in the area for many years. Braithwaite, who became a diplomat and represented Guyana at the United Nations and in Venezuela, wrote several books, many about racism in countries like South Africa and the United States, where he lived much of his life. The book chronicled his efforts — as a courtly, Cambridge-educated military veteran who had been denied employment as an engineer because he was black — to motivate a group of unruly adolescents raised in a slum in earlys Britain, which was still slowly recovering from the austerity of the war years. He takes them to museums and tells them about his childhood. Slowly, he gains their trust by showing respect and affection, which, for most of the students, have been in short supply. The title of the book comes from an inscription his appreciative students wrote on a pack of cigarettes they gave him. He also develops romantic feelings for another teacher, who, like the students, is white. Early in the book, Mr.
Heinz, Nicholas Monsarrat, E. Braithwaite, Lucille Fletcher. Published by Reader's Digest Association Seller Rating:. About this Item: Reader's Digest Association, Condition: Good.