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Dangerous Minds [Read] ➱ Dangerous Minds Author LouAnne Johnson – Thomashillier.co.uk She bullied, bluffed, and bribed her students into caring about schoolAnd if that didn t work, the pretty, petite ex marine told them she d been trained to kill with her bare handsThey were called the She bullied, bluffed, and bribed her students into caring about schoolAnd if that didn t work, the pretty, petite ex marine told them she d been trained to kill with her bare handsThey were called the class from Hell thirty four inner city sophos she inherited from a teacher who d been pushed over the edge She was told those kids have tasted blood They re dangerous But LouAnne Johnson had a different idea Where the school system saw thirty four unreachable kids, she saw young men and women with intelligence and dreams When others gave up on them, she broke the rules to give them the best things a teacher can give hope and belief in themselves When statistics showed the chances were they d never graduate, she fought to beat the oddsThis is her remarkable story and theirs If you loved Stand and Deliver, you ll stand up and cheer for LouAnne Johnson and Dangerous Minds.

    Paperback Ù Dangerous Minds MOBI ↠ the rules to give them the best things a teacher can give hope and belief in themselves When statistics showed the chances were they d never graduate, she fought to beat the oddsThis is her remarkable story and theirs If you loved Stand and Deliver, you ll stand up and cheer for LouAnne Johnson and Dangerous Minds."/>
  • Paperback
  • 278 pages
  • Dangerous Minds
  • LouAnne Johnson
  • English
  • 15 December 2019
  • 0312956207

About the Author: LouAnne Johnson

LouAnne Johnson is a former US Navy journalist, Marine Corps officer, high school teacher, and the author of The New York Times bestseller Dangerous Minds originally My Posse Don t Do Homework In , LouAnne began teaching reading and writing to non English speakers as an intern at a high school in California Since then LouAnne has taught English, adult basic education, developmental reading and writing at high schools and colleges She also designs and presents workshops in classroom management and motivation LouAnne has presented keynote and commencement addresses to numerous organizations, including the National School Boards Association, the National Council on Curriculum Development, National University and the European Council of International Schools She has appeared on several TV shows, including Oprah, CBS Eye to Eye, NBC Weekend Today, Maury Povich, Tom Snyder, and CNN At present, she lives in rural New Mexico with her adopted canine companion, Nellie, and an adjunct instructor for an online alternative licensure program for future teachers.



10 thoughts on “Dangerous Minds

  1. Derek Derek says:

    I decided to read this book after hearing an interview with Johnson on NPR s This American Life Johnson said her teaching experience wasn t much like Michelle Pfeiffer s teaching experience in Dangerous Minds, the movie inspired by Johnson s book She also said she returned, uncashed, the royalty check from the Dangerous Minds television show, a weekly drama inspired by the movie Johnson didn t want anything to do with it And no wonder The book is unlike the movie and the television show In I decided to read this book after hearing an interview with Johnson on NPR s This American Life Johnson said her teaching experience wasn t much like Michelle Pfeiffer s teaching experience in Dangerous Minds, the movie inspired by Johnson s book She also said she returned, uncashed, the royalty check from the Dangerous Minds television show, a weekly drama inspired by the movie Johnson didn t want anything to do with it And no wonder The book is unlike the movie and the television show In the book, Johnson never has her life threatened by a student She never hosts a school fundraiser at a strip club She teaches an Honors program for gifted students who have some of the academic struggles and behavior challenges depicted on the small and big screens, but not to the same degree Most pointedly, at one point in the book, Johnson directly rejects the teacher as savior narrative that made the movie and television show so successful When her colleague Bud criticizes her grading methods and then proceeds to glorify the time he spent working at a dilapidated high school in the poorest section of the city a few years prior, Johnson retorts, Well, that was real white of you to go and help those poor little nigra and beaner heathen 170 I appreciated Johnson s commitment to plot Because so much writing about teaching is reflective, I found it refreshing to read something driven by action The first two pages of the book contain these two sentences I couldn t concentrate Raul Chacon was standing in the middle of the parking lot outside my classroom, shivering in the freezing rain 3 , and I had intended to keep Raul after class and give him a stern lecture, but I ended up giving him a hundred dollars instead 4 Johnson doles out information in tantalizing, heaping teaspoons One way she does this is by collapsing series of three or four small actions into quick, efficient summaries that propel the scene Examples He leaned forward, crossed his arms on his desktop, and looked me straight in the eye 33 Jason was still holding the pencil, frowning at the page A few words had been scribbled, but most of the exercises remained undone 83 I asked with exaggerated politeness He ignored me I leaned down and spoke close to his ear 77 I stopped dead and bellowed at top volume It felt great, so I flailed my armes and shook my head wildly, letting my lips blubber loosely 39 In the same way one detail in an essay or story can be described by activating three sensuous strokes, a scene can gain momentum with three small actions I also enjoyed Johnson s intentional repetition when describing characters Mrs Nichols cleared her throat and rearranged her necklace, three thick strands of braided silver rope 18 Then, a page later Mrs Nicols frowned and fingered her necklace 19 Johnson uses the same kind of repetition in describing Troy Jones, a student with lightning bolts shooting across his head 77 A lengthier description His hair was cut close to his head, and a lightning bolt was shaved into the left side of his skull Three tiny gemstones glittered on his left earlobe 73 Then, a little later Troy Jones, complete with thunderbolts and earrings 85 Johnson refers to a hundred dollar bet she holds with one student four times in the first eleven pages, and then again at the very end of the book On a practical level, repeating these salient details helped me keep track of the characters Johnson taught four classes a day, and with so many of her classes full, I needed help keeping track of all the students

  2. Karen Karen says:

    I definitely enjoyed this book, but as I read I kept thinking teachers can t do that now Giving kids a ride home definitely a no no these days Also interesting was the fact that she started off just teaching one class, later two, at most four No mention of boyfriend or husband or friends outside of school she was committed to those kids reminds me of the old days when women were not allowed to teach after they got married Still I enjoyed reading it.

  3. Dramapuppy Dramapuppy says:

    This is one of those books that s just enjoyable to read Every chapter is a different story, so you don t have to stress about an overall plot The characters reoccur sometimes, but it doesn t matter if you ve forgotten them The writing is super readable, but there are still some quotable lines The book just makes you happy Some really upsetting things happen, but Johnson is always sure to follow them up with a heart warming story of something turning out perfectly It makes you feel like th This is one of those books that s just enjoyable to read Every chapter is a different story, so you don t have to stress about an overall plot The characters reoccur sometimes, but it doesn t matter if you ve forgotten them The writing is super readable, but there are still some quotable lines The book just makes you happy Some really upsetting things happen, but Johnson is always sure to follow them up with a heart warming story of something turning out perfectly It makes you feel like the education system isn t broken after all.I m not sure how I actually feel about Johnson as a teacher, and I don t agree with a lot of the things she did, but this book isn t political I just decided to sit back and read without judging her, and that was a lotfun This is a good book for the next time you ve read too many depressing novels in a row

  4. Rants and Bants Rants and Bants says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This ll be for both this book and the next one The Girls In The Back of the Classroom I decided to check out the books My Posse Don t Do Homework and The Girls in the Back of the Classroom by Louanne Johnson after having seen the movie Dangerous Minds Those are the books it s loosely based off of.These books are very raw They re nonfiction where as the movie is fiction , written by Louanne Johnson herself, a school teacher in California She s pretty admirable, because I know I could never This ll be for both this book and the next one The Girls In The Back of the Classroom I decided to check out the books My Posse Don t Do Homework and The Girls in the Back of the Classroom by Louanne Johnson after having seen the movie Dangerous Minds Those are the books it s loosely based off of.These books are very raw They re nonfiction where as the movie is fiction , written by Louanne Johnson herself, a school teacher in California She s pretty admirable, because I know I could never handle teaching a bunch of kids I don t like them very much But she really helped out a lot of people I like both equally, the movie and the book As far as comparing and contrasting goes, the books arepersonal, and definitelyauthentic They arecomplex too The movie follows the archetype of teacher comes in, inspires troubled students, saves them, etc Which I love, don t get me wrong I m a sucker for those kind of films I love Stand and Deliver, Lean on Me, etc But in the book, it goes intodetail about Ms Johnson s life herself, especially in the second one You get a painful taste of what it s like to be a teacher who cares as much as her.Not all of it is happy endings That s obvious in the movie, but in the book, there are two situations One with a boy named Attiba and another with a boy named Junior Advani With Attiba, he just didn t want help And no matter how much you may want to help somebody, they have to be willing to help themselves It takes two You can t do it if they continue to push you away With Advani at FIRST, I felt sympathy for him Because I thought people were only judging him solely based on the way he looked For having half his head shaved, for wearing Metallica shirts you get the picture I thought people were only judging him as being Satanic because people like to stereotype based on the shallowest of reasons However as I started reading further into his story, I realized how crazy he really is He held a knife to his mother s throat And all his father did was kick him out of the house for the night When Ms Johnson told his father he should see a counselor, he turned the suggestion down And I was just like Your son held a knife to your wife s throat and you re acting like it s just no big deal Wtf There were also several reports from kids saying he would chant Satanic things to them There was even a girl who brought a knife to school BROUGHT A KNIFE TO SCHOOL risking expulsion just to protect herself, because she felt threatened by him Basically this story ended with Ms Johnson not being able to help him either because his father refused to cooperate, and the last time she saw Advani was in the hallway when he said, Ms Johnson, my favorite teacher Ms Johnson said her blood ran cold, and there was seriously something wrong with that kid This story was not only depressing, but a little scary actually.Two things in the second book The Girls in the Back of the Classroom that legitimately pissed me off not the book itself, but certain situations and things people did One, Mr Lydecker, and how he got in NO trouble whatsoever for how he treated Emilio not to mention other kids It s despicable how teachers can get away with anything, just because they re adults, but students are the ones who always get in trouble Emilio had to go to jail and miss graduation because he got physical with Mr Lydecker When Mr nope, I won t even call him Mr When Lydecker is the one who started it The dumb excuse for a man would verbally abuse kids, see Emilio and Emilio s girlfriend walking down the hallway, and FLIRT WITH HER That s right, fucking FLIRT WITH HER This is disgusting on so many levels First off, she s a high school student You re a high school teacher If you re a full grown man, do not go up to a teenage girl and hit on her You are the scum of the earth if you do that Secondly, right in front of her boyfriend Just because he s a student you don t like and you want to get to him That s way, way low And the most horrible thing about the whole situation was that Lydecker got away with it COMPLETELY And people wonder why teens rebel against adults The second thing in this book that enraged me was when the two girls, Maria and Isabella, got suspended I think In some kind of trouble for what I ll tell you what NOTHING They were ATTACKED in the girls bathroom by two other bitches, and Maria and Isabella were the VICTIMS And yet, they got in trouble, for someone ATTACKING THEM And they didn t even fight back Not that that would have been a bad thing, because they had every right to But I can t begin to comprehend how a school can have the power to suspend two innocent girls for doing NOTHING when they were the ones being attacked Why don t they go ahead and suspend anyone that s been abused or raped at one point in their lives too, while they re at it This reminds me of how when I was in high school, my assistant principle said there was no such thing as self defense That has to be the most absurd, preposterous, LIE I ve ever heard I get so heated when schools deny us the right to self defense, because here s the thing We live in a dangerous world We live in a world where people will attack you, rape you, kill you, like no one s business This bullshit people believe that school is safer than anything else in the world is exactly that bullshit There are always deserted places in schools where no teacher, administrator, or grown up in general is around, and EVEN IF they are if someone s crazy enough to attack someone else, do you honestly think they ll care if they have witnesses If they get caught If you threaten them with expulsion And don t think that you can stop them either you think that just because you re a grown up and they re a teen, they can t kick your ass There are PLENTY of teenagers out there who are bigger and stronger than most adults, or if they have a gun or knife, it won t even matter.If someone attacks me in a deserted area, I m supposed to just sit there and let them do whatever the hell they want to me, because if I fight back to PROTECT myself, I m going to get in trouble What kind of masochistic BULLSHIT is that How can you teach children and teens not to protect themselves when someone is hurting them There s no such thing as self defense Tell that to all the people out there who ve been raped or kidnapped or have lost a loved one to cold blooded murder.A couple criticisms I can t remember which book each one occurs in There was a boy who would wear a black t shirt with a skull on it, and for some reason, this was criticized I m not really sure why I hope Louanne Johnson herself is above that kind of close mindedness For some reason, there are some adults out there that like to pick on every little thing a teen is wearing just because it isn t THEIR personal style It s wrong I don t go around picking at everything I see adults especially teachers, who aren t even allowed to wear jeans for some reason wearing, even though I don t like it So I don t know what was up with that.There was a part where a non white kid was talking about how he went up to a person presumably white, I think on the streets and asked if he could have their jacket They gave it to him Then he goes on to say that it was racism because the only reason the person did that was because they were afraid of him.That s not racism That s someone being cautious because you are acting weird and suspicious toward them They are perfectly within their rights, not to mention normal common sense, to be wary of you No normal person just goes up to a random stranger and asks them for their hoodie or whatever Maybe they were in a rough neighborhood Maybe they wanted to avoid trouble Maybe you were dressed like a thug Get over it It doesn t matter how nice you may have been about it, your clear intention was still to get something out of them That does not make you the victim, it makes you a bully Stop taking advantage of other people and then crying racism That shit gets real old, real fast.There is also a brief part where some white students in the classroom are supposed to feel guilty about not caring what the minority students think about them COMPLETELY ignoring the fact that it s because said minority students are constantly making racist remarks toward them, or just don t like them period because they re white Why aren t the minority kids called out on this Why is it always just the white people who should feel guilty about things Especially when all they re doing is fighting back against kids in the class who are attacking them FIRST.Aside from all that, I would recommend this book to almost anyone, adults and teens alike Probably not kids though, seeing as how it has older content and would probably not interest them anyway It s very touching, real, and I d like to read it again There s always something to take away from work like this I d also like to check out Louanne Johnson s other works

  5. Ian McHugh Ian McHugh says:

    I enjoyed this book It now sounds outdated, old fashioned in places taking students for coffee, giving them lifts home in your car, saving them from arrest and not informing their parents I liked Johnson s narrative arc and the way she does move away from the idea that teachers can solve all of the problems that their students face That said, I thought the description of ex colleagues was unprofessional in places and some of her methods unsustainable I admire Johnson for her work and I wou I enjoyed this book It now sounds outdated, old fashioned in places taking students for coffee, giving them lifts home in your car, saving them from arrest and not informing their parents I liked Johnson s narrative arc and the way she does move away from the idea that teachers can solve all of the problems that their students face That said, I thought the description of ex colleagues was unprofessional in places and some of her methods unsustainable I admire Johnson for her work and I would like to knowabout how her career progressed after the teaching role and then into the book film TV show The book is not like the film from what I remember so I d recommend it as much less saccharine and holy than the Hollywood version

  6. Patrice Patrice says:

    This book is kind of a train wreck of sorts but here s my review that I wrote for my M.A.T program Miss Johnson is a newly hired teacher set with the task of working in a difficult inner city school I remember going to the movie theatre in middle school and watching Dangerous Minds starring Michelle Pfeiffer The book goes muchin depth into the curriculum, class room management style, and lives of children in Miss Johnson s classes I have to say that I was disturbed by some of the This book is kind of a train wreck of sorts but here s my review that I wrote for my M.A.T program Miss Johnson is a newly hired teacher set with the task of working in a difficult inner city school I remember going to the movie theatre in middle school and watching Dangerous Minds starring Michelle Pfeiffer The book goes muchin depth into the curriculum, class room management style, and lives of children in Miss Johnson s classes I have to say that I was disturbed by some of the techniques that Miss Johnson used in the classroom with her students I know that the classes weren t the easiest to manage but some approaches seemed imbalanced There are traditional and non traditional ways to approach decorum in a classroom I was taken aback when Miss Johnson kissed a sleeping student on the cheek to wake him up and continued throughout her narrative to talk about how she would threaten to kick her student s asses An epic rant near the end of the book seemed the most off kilter, I know you kids are angry, I yelled, because the world isn t fair Well, get over it, because it s never going to be fair The white boys have all the money and the power and that s the way it is And they aren t going to give it up to you or to me And you can t blame them for it because if you had it, you wouldn t give it to them either 230 Miss Johnson is expressing truth to her class in the fact that our society is dominated by white men and a small percentage of people control the country s wealth Her approach to talking about this issue to her students seems inappropriate and biased I believe that greedy people should be held accountable for their greed I believe that change is possible and given the opportunity, means, and education that oppressed and impoverished people can rise above socioeconomic adversity to achieve greatness In order to not completely be depressed with the state of the world I have to believe in human kindness and the possibility that if wealth were distributed fairly that people would take better care of one another I admired the way that Miss Johnson exposed her students to the work of Shakespeare, the field trip that she took some of her students on to Alcatraz, the way that she connected to parents through letters and home visits, the positive attitude she maintained, the respect she showed for her students for the most part , and the incredible amount of hard work and commitment she displayed as an educator

  7. Brianna Kortesmaki Brianna Kortesmaki says:

    Personal Response I liked this book a lot In some ways it was a comedy and in other ways it was serious I also liked how it was a nonfictional book I don t read a lot of those, but I liked this one.Summary The book Dangerous Minds was written by Louanne Johnson She wrote it about her teaching experiences Miss Johnson was a teacher for troubled students She taught a lot of different kinds of kids She taught kids who didn t care about anything that had to do with school and kids that did Personal Response I liked this book a lot In some ways it was a comedy and in other ways it was serious I also liked how it was a nonfictional book I don t read a lot of those, but I liked this one.Summary The book Dangerous Minds was written by Louanne Johnson She wrote it about her teaching experiences Miss Johnson was a teacher for troubled students She taught a lot of different kinds of kids She taught kids who didn t care about anything that had to do with school and kids that didn t know anything about the English language Miss Johnson did a lot for the kids that she taught She broke a lot of rules and took a lot of risks Her teaching methods were really original She manipulated her student into doing their work, but not in a bad way She did things like sent letters home about how much she enjoyed having that student in her class, even if they did cause trouble That is just one of the many ways she got her students motivated to do their work Miss Johnson took some of the students out to get away from their parents A lot of students didn t have a good life at home She had an interesting grade scale as well She told the kids that important things like spelling and grammar did not matter It was her way of getting her students to contribute in class work and discussions Miss Johnson was a great teacher, the kids actually learned something Whether it has to do with something they were learning in school or something that they could use socially Like beingindependent or being able to express their feelings in multiple ways Whatever challenge that Miss Johnson got somehow she figured it out She got her students to want to learn She taught kids how to read, write, and speak English Miss Johnson got her students to want to succeed Recommendations I would recommend this book to any gender It is not classified specifically to a male or female liking The age recommendation would be 14 and up just because of the language that is used Maturity level might be a higher level for this book also because of the language used and the situations that happen in the book

  8. Desiree Roe Desiree Roe says:

    Dangerous Minds is a book about a teacher on a mission to not only better her students grades but their lives as well She pushes them to their limits and makes them realize their potential Luanne Johnson captures your attention, and her students keep the surprises coming with each new chapter I recommend this book to a high school level reader, anyone younger might find it difficult to read, because they haven t experienced life at a high school.

  9. Riley D Riley D says:

    My Posse Don t Do HomeworkBy LouAnne Johnson First of all Louanne Johnson did an amazing job of writing this and how she explains all of her stories is so good This is my first book I have read of hers and I think she is an amazing writer She makes it such a good book about a first year teacher with the other years following The way she gets the kids in the story so connected to the reader is so amazing It felt like I actually knew the high schoolers in this book It is also like me having My Posse Don t Do HomeworkBy LouAnne Johnson First of all Louanne Johnson did an amazing job of writing this and how she explains all of her stories is so good This is my first book I have read of hers and I think she is an amazing writer She makes it such a good book about a first year teacher with the other years following The way she gets the kids in the story so connected to the reader is so amazing It felt like I actually knew the high schoolers in this book It is also like me having miss Johnson has a real teacher Some of the thins LouAnne Johnson does is like she wrote the book herself and all of these happened to her in her career She also explains what is happening in the story so good She explains how each student acts in all of her classes and how she helps the students is amazing too She gets them motivated by so many things it is amazing and how she acts to her new classes and her punishments if someone is messing around When you read some of these parts in the book she will make your jaw drop when you finish a chapter or even the book I one hundred percent recommend this book to teenagers and adults It is an amazing book and I did not see any flaws of the book I think you should read it cause you can really connect to the kids and she really gives you a lot of details.These are just some reasons why I think you should read this great book

  10. Michael Watson Michael Watson says:

    What an inspiring novel After watching the movie repeatedly I was inspired to read the book How shocked and pleasantly surprised I was to realise how loosely the film is adaptated This book provides so muchsubstance than the film, it sreal and raw Some parts, however, I was disappointed particular events from the film didn t happen in the book but knowing they didn t occur was a pleasant surprise no spoilers There werefocal characters and manyevents in the bo What an inspiring novel After watching the movie repeatedly I was inspired to read the book How shocked and pleasantly surprised I was to realise how loosely the film is adaptated This book provides so muchsubstance than the film, it sreal and raw Some parts, however, I was disappointed particular events from the film didn t happen in the book but knowing they didn t occur was a pleasant surprise no spoilers There werefocal characters and manyevents in the book, it has made me respect LoAnne on a new level A really engaging novel and a stream of enthralling chapters strung in a clever way It makes you want to find out what happened to some students after they graduated It really inspires you if you work with students, to focus on the ones you do help, and not be discouraged by the ones you cannot save Also, her poignant philosophy of replacing words, where she used I have to being choose , and I can t being don t want to , this actually was enlightening for me I will use this in my daily practice Thanks for the great read

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