February 20, 2009, Beaufort, South Carolina (USA) with NATEPERKINS.TV: An Happy-Hour Interview with Beaufort's city new Author Mr. Bernie Schein, at the WREN Restaurant Bistro Bar Market http://www.wren-sc.com in the Histoic Downtown Beaufort. His wife Dr. Martha Schein and complement comic Terry Sweeney (Original members of Saturday Night Live, MadTV... Comic) the only male celebrity he has impersonated. His most notable recurring character was a portrayal of then-First Lady Nancy Reagan; Sweeney was told by Ron Reagan Jr., who hosted one of that season's episodes, that he was "more like his mother than she is." from http://www.theHappyWinos.com who, ... Sweeney's partner and former SNL writer Lanier Laney http://thehappywinos.blogspot.com/ "You know our rule." Indeed I do...it's 'NEVER answer the phone during Happy Hour'. During his season on SNL, he became known for his celebrity impersonations, particularly female impersonations of stars like Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Joan Collins, Brooke Shields's mother Teri Shields, and Joan Rivers, as well as Ted Kennedy .
Question? Bernie your book, the If Holden Caulfield Were In My Classroom is based on your 40 years of experience as an educator in South Carloina, but is structured as if it takes place over one school year. Are the characters based on particular students you taught, or are they fictional composites? In other words, do you expect any of your past students to recognize themselves in these pages?
Well, the answer Theyre pretty much composites for disguise as much as effect. Some will recognize themselves (particularly those whose stories are represented), at least until they turn into someone else, some may not recognize themselves, and some will think they do who wont. Many, I think, will partially recognize themselves. The books meant to be a celebration of them. So if they see themselves in it, whether or not its literally them, all the better; metaphorically, hopefully its all of them. Wouldnt want to leave anyone out.
More importantly, with or without this book, they know who they are, though a few early readers (check Vlaimir Kleymans customer review on Amazon.Com) have suggested If Holden is a healthy reminder.
Schein holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University, with an emphasis in educational psychology. His stories and essays have been published in Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Weekly, Creative Loafing, and the Mississippi Educational Advance. His previous book (co-authored with his wife, Martha Schein), Open Classrooms in the Middle School, was a featured selection of the Educators Book Club. Bernie Schein lives in Beaufort, SC, near Charleston.
If Holden Caulfield Were in My Classroom is astonishing and originaldoes not tell you how to teach, but tells you how to live, how to feel deeply, how to enrich your time on earth. part philosophy, part self-help guide, a text of revelation, and an ode to the beauty of law and the wisdom of justice. Workshops
What you see with the pre- and early teen is what you get, which is why parents and teachers throw up their hands in despair, fantasizing wildly about leaves-of absences from parenting and furloughs from teaching. Even therapists shun them, making tracks for the back door at their approach.What you see, however, and what you get, is not really them, not who they truly are which once discovered, reveals them to be far more creative, intelligent and loving than conventional wisdom allows.
Myths abound: they wont open up; not true, theyre dying to. They want to separate from their parents; not true, they crave intimacy with them. They are close only with their friends; not true, theyre too busy trying to out-do and impress them. This is the creative process, the stuff of art Has exuberantly blazed new trails in education.
In his over 40 years as an educator, Bernie Schein has gotten personal with countless students, bucking the conventional wisdom that education must be impersonal, formal, and objective. In countless talks and workshops, he has shared his views on everything from the shortcomings of the SAT and No Child Left Behind to the need for students to be emotionally open and aware before true learning can take place.