Teaching is fun until a 7-year-old is assaulting you or you’re dodging furniture being thrown at you. When you mix the craziness of a classroom with a marriage that was about to implode, anyone might want to quit. Smiling on the outside while feeling dead on the inside took this dedicated teacher to the breaking point. Michael knew he must change what was inside him, in his approach to life, or nothing would change anywhere else.
So Michael took matters into his own hands to make four key paradigm shifts that helped him create a world of successful learning for his students and love within both the classroom and beyond. The result has been a transformation that’s taken Michael far beyond the classroom as he inspires thousands across the country.
Many agree teaching is an amazing profession but there’s little discussion why so many teachers are leaving the profession. Get Up or Give Up: How I Almost Gave Up on Teaching shines a light into the internal battles and decisions educators face daily, and how we must make a conscious decision either to give in—or push through.
Michael Bonner is a second-grade teacher at South Greenville Elementary School in Greenville, NC. He is working hard every day to make a profound impact on his students with his vision to teach them to become productive global citizens. Michael was voted Teacher of the Year by his peers and also received the Pacesetters Award from the American Association for Blacks in Higher Education. Michael was honored by Ellen DeGeneres in recognition of his positive and innovative approaches to education for children struggling with the challenges of poverty. In February 2017, Ellen Degeneres flew his class to Los Angeles to surprise them by making a music video with amazing celebrities such as Ice Cube, Big Sean, Migos, Ty Dolla Sign, and Lin Manuel Miranda! Since then, Michael Bonner has been speaking at universities and corporate events on the importance of educational equity and the necessity for quality teachers.
To some, jihad is the essence of radical Islamist ideology, a synonym for terrorism, and even proof of Islam's innate violence. To others, jihad means a peaceful, individual, and internal spiritual striving. Bonner, however, shows that those who argue that jihad means only violence or only peace are both wrong. Jihad is a complex set of doctrines and practices that have changed over time and continue to evolve today. The Quran's messages about fighting and jihad are inseparable from its requirements of generosity and care for the poor. Jihad has often been a constructive and creative force, the key to building new Islamic societies and states. Jihad has regulated relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, in peace as well as in war. And while today's "jihadists" are in some ways following the "classical" jihad tradition, they have in other ways completely broken with it.
Written for general readers who want to understand jihad and its controversies, Jihad in Islamic History will also interest specialists because of its original arguments.