Jim Fisher is a first year teacher who quickly learns that his job is more than simply educating his students. He has to battle indolence in the classroom, enabling parents, and an educational system which caters to student and parental incompetence. Fisher tries to keep his standards and expectations high, even when he has to go head to head with an administrator who becomes his nemesis.
The novel also takes a glimpse into Fisher's personal life as he tries to balance the perils of dating with the trials and tribulations of his profession. The result is a hilarious explosion of absurdity, both in and out of the classroom, that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of entertainment and edification.
Failing Mr. Fisher is based on the teaching experiences of James Wintermote and his family and colleagues. Using humor and candor, the novel gives us an insider's perspective into why the foundation of the American public education system is crumbling and how it affects not only the students, but more importantly the teachers who have been given the responsibility to educate our nation's children