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To Sir, With Love.. [E R Braithwaite] -- This classic schoolroom drama of a black teacher in London's tough East End who triumphs over bigotry and ignorance to. To Sir, with love by E. R. Braithwaite; 1 edition; First published in ; DAISY for print-disabled Download ebook for print-disabled (DAISY). Download_Ebook_READ ONLINE To Sir, With Love read ebook Online PDF EPUB site.


I pushed through them for a closer look, and was horrified to see that someone had thrown a used sanitary napkin into the grate and made an abortive attempt to burn it. I was so overcome by anger and disgust that I completely lost my temper. I ordered the boys out of the room, then turned the full lash of my angry tongue on those girls. I told them how sickened I was by their general conduct, crude language, sluttish behavior, and of their free and easy familiarity with the boys.

The words gushed out of me, and the girls stood there and took it.

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By God, they took it! Not one of them dared to move or speak. Then I turned to their latest escapade. Only a filthy slut would have dared to do this thing, and those of you who stood by and encouraged her are just as bad. I do not wish to know which individual is responsible, because you are all to blame.

I shall leave the classroom for exactly five minutes, in which time I expect that disgusting object to be removed and the windows opened to clear away the stink. And remember, all of you, if you must play these dirty games, play them in your homes, but not in my classroom.

Braithwaite Triumphed Over the Racist Apartheid Government I went upstairs and sat in the library, the only place where I could be alone for a little while. I felt sick at heart, because it seemed that this latest act, above all others, was intended to show their utter disrespect for me.

They seemed to have no sense of decency, these children; everything they said or did was colored by an ugly viciousness, as if their minds were forever rooting after fifth.

Then what was it? What was wrong with them? That was it! They wanted to repeat their victory over Hackman. I was now no longer angry, but determined to take firm action to set my class in order.


From now on the classroom would be kept clean, in every way; I would not be asking it of them, but demanding it. No more banging desks.

They had pushed me about as far as I was willing to go; from now on I would do a little pushing on my own account. When I entered the classroom at the end of recess, the fireplace was washed clean, the windows were open, and the children were sitting quietly in their places.

The girls seemed sheepish and refused to meet my glance, and I realized with something of a shock that they at least most of them were ashamed; the boys, on the other hand, were watching me expectantly, as if waiting for me to say or do something. I made no reference to the incident. As far as I was concerned the party was over; but I would need a little time to think up some effective way of bringing that fact home to them. It was nothing clear cut, merely speculative, but I considered it all the way to school.

Then, after assembly, as soon as they were quiet I waded in. This might be a bit rough, I thought, but here goes. If at any time I say anything which you do not understand or with which you do not agree, I would be pleased if you would let me know.

Most of you will be leaving school within six months or so; that means that in a short while you will be embarked on the very adult business of earning a living. Bearing that in mind, I have decided that from now on you will be treated, not as children, but as young men and women, by me and by each other.

She was very late. I was annoyed with the way in which she had just barged her way in, insolently carelessly late. All eyes were on her as she had probably planned, but instead of supporting her entrance they were watching her, waiting to see the result of my challenge.


She blushed. Her eyes were black with anger and humiliation, but she stood up and walked out, closing the door quietly behind her; then to my surprise, and I must confess, my relief, she opened it as quietly, and with a grace and dignity that would have befitted a queen, she walked to her seat. As from today there are certain courtesies which will be observed at all times in this classroom.

There was a general gasp at this, from boys and girls alike. Potter was the first to protest. Now, is there any young lady present whom you consider unworthy of your courtesies? Prior to becoming a teacher, E. Braithwaite was a Royal Air Force pilot and studied physics. First, the young ladies. They must understand that in future they must show themselves both worthy and appreciative of the courtesies we men will show them.

As Potter said, we know you. We shall want to feel proud to know you, and just how proud we shall feel will depend entirely on you.

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Share at.Book details Author: Braithwaite 4. Subscribe Yes! Braithwaite is shocked when refused social status equal to a Briton with academic qualifications and level of conduct similar to his own; and he constantly stresses the ease with which he could assimilate into British society if only his colour were disregarded [ Gray Mountain. Please note:

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