Listen: Sam Robinson chats with author Brendan James Murray
Brendan James Murray teaches high school English at the school he attended, which has inspired his new book The School: The Ups and Downs of One Year in the Classroom.
In the book, he paints a vivid portrait of the joys and challenges of teaching brilliant, funny, passionate, and troubled teenagers.
Brendan’s dedication to his students and teaching them life lessons that extend beyond the curriculum is heartfelt and inspiring. He doesn’t let the myriad of issues plaguing modern education systems take away from the privilege he feels to connect with the young people entrusted to his care.
He shared the significant load that teachers have to carry is not just the workload, but an emotional load too, on Hope Breakfast with Sam Robinson.
“The emotional burden when you care for your kids, we need to talk more about that,” Brendan said.
“And people coming into the profession need to understand that it is a very emotionally demanding job when you care for young people who are vulnerable.”
“People coming into the profession need to understand that it is a very emotionally demanding job,” – high school teacher and author Brendan James Murray
Brendan shared how his experience of being bullied as a kid himself, and remaining silent, has taught him the importance of helping his students feel safe to speak up.
“I think the reason I didn’t speak up is that, ultimately in my mind, this bully had more power than the teachers and that if I was to tell a teacher what happened or tell my parents and they spoke to the school, the school wouldn’t be able to protect me from what he might do as a repercussion.”
The School will make you reflect on your own school experience, and feel grateful that there are teachers like Mr Murray out there.
Listen to the full interview with teacher, and now author, Brendan James Murray in the player above.