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Novelist Hilary Mantel Slams Botswana PCV Teachers Then ETs Herself

Novelist Hilary Mantel Slams Botswana PCV Teachers Then ETs Herself

[Thanks to Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (Cameroon 1965-67) for bringing this to my attention. And thanks to RPCV Jason Gross (Botswana 1987-1989) for putting Hilary Mantel in her place with his Comment about being a PCV teacher in Botswana.] June 2, 2012 I Taught Shakespeare in Botswana By HILARY MANTEL Budleigh Salterton, England “THOSE who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” That’s what adults said when I was growing up, and it seemed cruel, since my girls-only school seemed to specialize in turning out teachers, and it didn’t leave us much pride in our future job. After university I became a social worker and then a saleswoman. I seemed to have broken the pattern, but all the time a classroom was waiting for me. I became a teacher under bizarre circumstances, but in retrospect it was one of my better career moves. I was 25 and had been living for a . . .

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