Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Book Club Discussion Questions for More Than a Bad Teacher

QuestionsThe following discussion questions are provided to facilitate discussions around the various issues presented in the novel, More Than a Bad Teacher.

  1. Which details about Andy's community are unique to suburbs and exurban areas with little to no diversity?

  2. What are your impressions of the school where Andy teaches?

  3. How do you think the threat of school violence has impacted the schools in this story? In your own community?

  4. Many of the characters seem desperate for connection but unable or unwilling to reach out to those closest to them. Is this just family disfunction or a symptom of a broader problem in the community?

  5. How do you explain Ashleigh's reticence to report the assault? 

    What is it about her school and family that made it so difficult to speak out?

  6. What do you think of the parents' decision to bring public attention to the problems in their kids' school district?

  7. Why was the school administration willing to overlook Andy's failure to implement a student's IEP but deeply concerned about her deviations from the curriculum later in the school year? 

    What motivated parents to complain about what Andy was teaching?

  8. Do you think Andy made any lasting impact in her community? In her family?