The Priority List

The Priority List

A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons

Book - 2014
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What truly matters in life? David Menasche lived for his work as a high school English teacher. His passion inspired his students, and between lessons on Shakespeare and sentence structure, he forged a unique bond with his kids, buoying them through personal struggles while sharing valuable life lessons. When a six-year battle with brain cancer ultimately stole David's vision, memory, mobility, and--most tragically of all--his ability to teach, he was devastated by the thought that he would no longer have the chance to impact his students' lives. But teaching is something he just couldn't quit. He turned to Facebook with an audacious plan: a journey across America--by bus, by train, by red-tipped cane--in hopes of seeing firsthand how his kids were faring in life. Had he made a difference? Within 48 hours of posting, former students in more than fifty cities replied with offers of support and shelter. Traveling more than eight thousand miles and visiting hundreds of his students, David's fearless journey explores the things we all want and need out of life, and forces us to stop and consider our own Priority List.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476743448
Characteristics: x, 224 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Lipper, Jodi


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Nov 21, 2015

Good book - need to take out again to do book review

May 20, 2014

Thoroughly disappointing. While he may have been a great teacher, he was not a good writer and this is just an egotistical record of his achievements while ignoring the obvious failure of his marriage. Being married to one's job leaves no room for a partner if they always come second. And he completely ignores the crux issue about the priority list. He doesn't even say what it is. The final page has a list, and that is it. Leave this book alone.

ChristchurchLib Apr 14, 2014

"In The Priority List, former high school English teacher David Menasche explains a teaching tool he developed to help his students understand the literature they were studying. He gave them a list of concepts such as love, honour, respect, and power and asked them to rank the importance of these concepts in a literary work. Though he realised the students' rankings gave him insight into their own lives, Menasche didn't create his own priority list until years later. To his surprise, friendship and education ranked above his marriage. After brain cancer forced him to quit teaching, he travelled around the country to renew his connections with former students." Biography and Memoir April 2014 newsletter

Feb 06, 2014

One of the most compelling parts of this memoir is not the journey of the teacher with terminal brain cancer, but rather the thoughts and words of his former students that are included.

If you liked "The Last Lecture" you'll enjoy this.


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