Steve Masone stood up to an unfair testing policy at Rutherford Junior High — and he lost his job. What he calls his “brutal administrative hammering” inspired him to write his 2004 account, Hammer of Chalk.
“I was the nail that refused to driven,” said this veteran science educator and Navy retiree. He’d been teaching at the New Jersey school for 20 years when he refused to support new testing that he thought was unsound. He was suspended, but he fought the injustice with a legal suit, and a year and a half later, he was cleared and reinstated.
“I won my battle,” said Masone, “but the war still goes on.”
Hammer of Chalk chronicles his crusade and illuminates the flaws of a system that victimizes teachers. Offering an impassioned call to reexamine the way teachers are treated, the book inspires important discussion that Masone hopes will continue.
“People say to me, ‘You’re the guy that beat the system. How’d you do it?’” he said. Hammer of Chalk reveals it all.
For more information, visit Hammer of Chalk’s website.