full summary of "to sir with love"

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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To Sir, With Love is an amazing book and a good read.  A summary is truly not enough in that the beauty of the work is in the dialogue between teacher and student.  That being said, I am happy to provide a summary for you.

E.R. Braithwaite is beginning his very first year of teaching in an English school (in London) in an area that is traditionally lower-class.  From the very beginning, E.R. Braithwaite is challenged to the very core.  The students are unruly and disrespectful.  The parents don't seem to care.  The administrators and other teachers don't seem to care either. 

The important thing to remember is that it is E.R. Braithwaite who cares for his students (and for everyone, it seems).  Unfortunately, his challenging situation makes him question his own motives for teaching in London and at this particular school.  In the meantime, E.R. Braithwaite begins truly learning from his students and what was once "a job" has now become a "labor of love," so much so that his once unruly students now give him the title of "sir" as he helps them out of some of life's most difficult situations.

Every teacher should have a fund of ready information on which to draw; he should keep that fund supplied regularly by new experiences, new thoughts and discoveries, by reading and moving around among people from whom he can acquire such things.

In conclusion, this is an inspiring story about a teacher who uses his first year at his job to both inspire students and learn from them.  The story is not only true but also interesting enough to be made into an immensely popular feature-length film.

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