Hoping to touch the lives of her students at a troubled inner-city high school, wide-eyed Sylvia Barrett feels happy and excited when walking into her still-empty classroom on the first day of school and writing her name on the blackboard. Hoping to nurture her students’ interest in classic literature and writing, this idealistic, young English teacher becomes discouraged during her first day from a blizzard of paperwork, incompetent colleagues, contradictory orders, and indecipherable instructions. This comedic spin on her unruly and indifferent students and her attempts to get them not to go up the down staircase is both hilarious and heart-breaking. Will Sylvia even be able to survive her first semester at Calvin Coolidge High School?
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