Novel Explores the Failure of American Education

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James Wintermote’s “Failing Mr. Fisher” is a scathing indictment of No Child Left Behind

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In James Wintermote’s semi-autobiographical novel “Failing Mr. Fisher” (published by AuthorHouse), the author explores the first five years of the teaching career of his protagonist, Jim Fisher. Fisher must endure discipline issues, lack of parental support and an administration bent on lowering academic standards. The novel also explores Fisher’s personal life as he tries to balance dating and teaching.

An excerpt from “Failing Mr. Fisher”:

“This camaraderie overflowed into our personal lives as well, with teachers helping others move into houses or apartments and sometimes even willing to make the long drive to civilization to get household items that weren’t available in town. It seemed like this was going to be a place where everyone got along in our own little utopia, and we, as teachers, were going to make our mark on the world and help change the lives of our students for the better. Little did I realize just how difficult my life was about to become.”

“Failing Mr. Fisher” explores two story arcs. The first, Fisher’s academic career, indicts the American public education system for failing to support its teachers and failing to enforce accountability among students and parents. The second arc – and more humorous arc – is Fisher’s personal life as he fails in his attempts to find a compatible woman.

Wintermote knows his book retains its relevancy. “Educational reform has been in the forefront of media since No Child Left Behind,” he says. “That law doesn’t work, and our educational standards still continue to fall.” He makes careful effort, in his book, to explain why these reforms don’t work, and to explain why society fails to accept responsibility for this failure.

About the Author
James Wintermote was born and raised in El Centro, California. After high school, he spent six years in the U.S. Navy, and then entered the University of Wyoming (UW), receiving a degree in broadcast journalism. After working in radio for two years, he returned to UW and earned a second degree in English/journalism education.

Wintermote left teaching after 15 years and became an education manager for the Veterans Health Administration.

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