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E.R. Braithwaite is a first year teacher in a challenging London neighborhood in an equally difficult London school. His work, "To Sir, with Love," is an account of the difficulties experienced in such a setting. The challenges are not only with the students and the area, but with their parents and their lack of affect. Braithwaite also details the institutional inertia regarding the hope for change he experiences from administrators and colleagues. At the same time, Braithwaite, himself, undergoes a great deal of questioning as to whether or not he has made the right choice in entering into teaching or if this is something he would wish to continue. In the final analysis, the work centers on these ideas, as well as Braithwaite's answers to these questions and how he progresses to understanding the vocation of teaching as one that is life affirming, powerful in its scope, and requires the greatest of commitment in achieving the greatest of ends.
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