January 27, 2015
Teaching for What? by Michael Fusco


Title Teaching for What?
Author Michael Fusco
Release Date March 12, 2014
Description Teaching for What? traces my turbulent career as an educator in Connecticut public, vocational and parochial schools, and how that experience drove me into depression and early retirement. It is also a somewhat scathing critique of the system of education, in general.

The book begins with my student teaching days in a suburban public high school, and then follows my career, going forward, in an urban Catholic elementary school, a regional vocational high school, and, finally, a suburban public school. In between, it discusses my experiences, not only as a teacher, but as a Student Council Adviser, a baseball coach, a union president, and a social studies department chairman. The book explains my descent into depression, culminating in my ultimate recovery, which was achieved only when I decided to retire from the teaching profession. It is an emotional, brutally honest account of the day to day happenings in schools. Unfortunately, the traumatic experiences I had are all too common for many people in education. Because of that, even though the story is based in Connecticut, it should have wide-spread appeal to teachers, administrators, students and parents of student.
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About the Author

I currently live in Wallingford, Connecticut and I am a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. I graduated in 1976 with a Bachelors degree in secondary education, majoring in history and social sciences, with a minor in English. I received my Masters degree in history and social studies, also from Southern Connecticut State University, in 1982. Teaching for What? is my first published book, but I am currently working on a second one, Masonry 101, which deals with Freemasonry in Connecticut.

I retired from teaching in 2011 after a thirty-five year career in Connecticut public, vocational and private schools. I spent eight years as the chairman of the History Department at a local public high school and served four years as President of it's teachers union. I was named Teacher of the Year in 1980 and was nominated for that award numerous times afterwards. I have also also taught online college courses for the University of Phoenix. In recent years, I supervised student teachers and interns for the University of New Haven.
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