The Priority List

The Priority List

A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons

Book - 2014
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In this poignant and inspiring memoir, a beloved high school English teacher with terminal brain cancer undertakes a cross-country journey to reunite with his former students in order to find out if he made a difference in their lives, discovering along the way what is truly important in life.

Based on a beloved teacher's most popular lesson, The Priority List is a bold, inspirational story of learning, love, and legacy that challenges us to ask: What truly matters in life?

David Menasche lived for his work as a high school English teacher. His passion inspired his students, and between lessons on Shakespeare and sentence structure, he forged a unique bond with his kids, buoying them through personal struggles while sharing valuable life lessons.

When a six-year battle with brain cancer ultimately stole David's vision, memory, mobility, and--most tragically of all--his ability to continue teaching, he was devastated by the thought that he would no longer have the chance to impact his students' lives each day.

But teaching is something Menasche just couldn't quit. Undaunted by the difficult road ahead of him, he decided to end his treatments and make life his classroom. Cancer had robbed him of his past and would most certainly take his future; he wouldn't allow it to steal his present. He turned to Facebook with an audacious plan: a journey across America-- by bus, by train, by red-tipped cane--in hopes of seeing firsthand how his kids were faring in life. Had he made a difference? Within forty-eight hours of posting, former students in more than fifty cities replied with offers of support and shelter.

Traveling more than eight thousand miles from Miami to New York, to America's heartland and San Francisco's Golden Gate, and visiting hundreds of his students, David's fearless journey explores the things we all want and need out of life--family, security, independence, love, adventure--and forces us to stop to consider our own Priority List.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 2014.
Copyright Date: c2013.
ISBN: 9781476743448
Characteristics: x, 224 pages ;,19 cm.


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Nov 21, 2015

Good book - need to take out again to do book review

May 20, 2014

Thoroughly disappointing. While he may have been a great teacher, he was not a good writer and this is just an egotistical record of his achievements while ignoring the obvious failure of his marriage. Being married to one's job leaves no room for a partner if they always come second. And he completely ignores the crux issue about the priority list. He doesn't even say what it is. The final page has a list, and that is it. Leave this book alone.

ChristchurchLib Apr 14, 2014

"In The Priority List, former high school English teacher David Menasche explains a teaching tool he developed to help his students understand the literature they were studying. He gave them a list of concepts such as love, honour, respect, and power and asked them to rank the importance of these concepts in a literary work. Though he realised the students' rankings gave him insight into their own lives, Menasche didn't create his own priority list until years later. To his surprise, friendship and education ranked above his marriage. After brain cancer forced him to quit teaching, he travelled around the country to renew his connections with former students." Biography and Memoir April 2014 newsletter

Feb 06, 2014

One of the most compelling parts of this memoir is not the journey of the teacher with terminal brain cancer, but rather the thoughts and words of his former students that are included.

If you liked "The Last Lecture" you'll enjoy this.

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