4 out of 4 stars
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Impacting knowledge on an individual is vital and should not be taken with levity. In his book The Receivership, Dr. Leo August, Jr. highlights the challenges teachers encounter in their quest to bring out the best in their students. This book contains the themes of diligence, courage, and passion.
Teachers go to various lengths to ensure that their students acquire helpful knowledge, and in a way, they are responsible for the molding of their future. Ben Halley is one of such teachers whose passion for teaching made him keen to see that the reputation of teachers is not ruined. He takes up the responsibility of speaking against the corrupt practice of the government. The government tends to blame teachers for the shortcomings of their students, especially during the state examinations. He was not alone in this movement; Mr. Howard Sales, the principal of the school where Ben was a seventh-grade math teacher, was involved with other teachers. Can teachers be faulted for the failure of every student? What happens when years of service are no longer appreciated? Read this book to find out.
The author's writing prowess is splendid and commendable. It is simple yet unique. The way he introduces the element of flashbacks in certain aspects of the plot without straying from the current happening in the book is admirable. An instance was when Ben was to bear witness in court; the author went back in time to reveal a conversation Ben had with his wife before that day. It was done seamlessly, and I had no trouble connecting the dots between the past and the current events. The characters in the book were well developed, and the settings in the play were not elaborate, which helped to build my focus as a reader. For these reasons, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
The author's use of italics to differentiate the characters' thoughts from the event is something I love about this book. It offers a glimpse into the characters' qualities because the reader tends to understand the thoughts running through the mind of the characters. For instance, during the hearing, Mr. Travis Mason, who was to defend Governor Larson, was in a dilemma of whether to question his client or not since Larson had already said more than he should. It was through the author's initiative to use italics to reveal more that I was able to know about Mason's fix. This made me understand more about the characters and the actions they took. Ben Halley is my favorite character in the book because he was courageous enough to stand up for what he believed was right. He did not allow those in places of higher authority to intimidate him.
I dislike nothing about this book, although I would have loved to know more about Larson's mindset after the hearing. The book was professionally edited, as I observed a few grammatical errors, but they did not hinder my reading process.
In conclusion, I recommend The Receivership to individuals who are interested in the educational system. Readers will gain more insight into the depth of passion and how it can be a driving force to achieving success.
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