Thursday, December 15, 2016
To Sir, With Love by E.R. Braithwaite
Today's Throwback Thursday feature is one that I haven't read. I've seen the move and of course loved it, but I have somehow managed not to pick the book up. I hope to do that sometime soon since it's a little embarrassing to admit that I haven't read it.
E. R. Braithwaite just recently passed away on December 12th. He was 104 which is a beautifully long life. Although To Sir, With Love is his most recognizable work, it is not his only book. You can find his other titles here. There are articles on Braithwaite from The New York Times and The Guardian. I'm also adding a small clip from the film.
This classic schoolroom drama of a black teacher in London’s tough East End who triumphs over bigotry and ignorance to change the lives of his students forever was hailed by the New York Times as “a book that the reader devours quickly, ponders slowly, and forgets not at all”
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 is the inspiration for the classic film starring Sidney Poitier.