Bel Kaufman’s Up the Downstair Case, is about the minor traumas, big joys and monumental challenges of being a PS teacher in New York City. The novel came out in the 1960s and is out of print today, which according to Samuel Freedman of the New Yorker, is a pity in an environment where PS teachers are scapegoated for the failures of the system.
Is based on the belief that millennials, the name given to the current generation, value ownership less and “experience” more. Goods and services that help gain experience are hot commodities in this economy. One is more likely to rent a Harley Davidson at a fraction of a cost of owning it, or a car, over a Dyson vacuum cleaner, because the former promises experience at a discount price, while the latter merely delivers cleanliness.