Book: I Have Three Things To Tell You, My Friend. by RM DAmatocategories: Book, Education, Science Fiction, Teachers, Classroom, Retirement, Dystopian
RM DAmatoabout this book: The novel is a dystopian look at the educational system and advancements in medical technology in the near future. into the near future-- it is the year 2033, and people reaching the age of 65 are given a choice – submit to regeneration and a new and longer life, or die. John Sinclair, who has been a teacher since 1993, is about to turn 65. He has to decide what to do or where to go with the rest of his life – short or long.
Teaching for the last 30 years, there have been recent changes in the teachers' retirement system and the time for vesting and retirement has recently been extended by three years. So, I thought, what would happen if science found a way to double people's' lives? How would it affect education?
So I wrote a fictional story to address these issues which seem to be creeping into our lives. Since I am an active professor, the research was not difficult but the difficulty laid with creating the characters and relating them to the theme. The title reflects the archetype of three which dominates the pedagogical format, often presented in three steps.
If the reader is interested in the future of education and/or the impact science will have on his/her life (if our lives are extended), he/she ought to read this book. It will be both fascinating and terrifying at the same time. As I look towards my retirement, I often wonder if I will be able to leave the classroom as planned or be obliged to find another career to support myself into advanced old age.
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