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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teach explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."

- William Arthur Ward
22 year old teaching candidate Eikichi Onizuka has built quite a resume for himself; he can bench 150 kilos, spent four years with the karate club at Eurasia College, is a former member of a biker gang, has a porn collection, and is eager to teach your daughters. Wait.... what?! While this brash and short-tempered pervert may have become a teacher for the wrong reasons (to score with hot students), his unique perspective and outrageous teaching methods may be just what students need. Apart from everything mentioned above, one major difference between Onizuka and many other teachers in the story is the level of investment with which he approaches teaching. His passion for life extends to his passion for teaching, becoming elevated in the process. Onizuka's troubled past enable him to relate to students in a way which inspires them to be better. What he offers them goes beyond formulas and quotations. He sees real-life problems troubling his students and leaps in head-first. A suprising mix of comedy, drama, and grit, GTO is a must read series for all readers 16 or older.

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