ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Garret Keizer is the author of Privacy and The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want. A contributing editor at Harper’s magazine and a former Guggenheim Fellow, he has written for Lapham’s Quarterly, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other publications. He lives in Vermont.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Perhaps no profession is so constantly discussed, regulated, and maligned by non-practitioners as teaching. The voices of the teachers themselves are conspicuously missing. Defying this trend, teacher and writer Garret Keizer takes us to school—literally—in this arresting account of his return to the same rural Vermont high school where he taught fourteen years ago.
Much has changed since then—a former student is his principal, standardized testing is the reigning god, and smoking in the boys’ room has been supplanted by texting in the boys’ room. More familiar are the effects of poverty, the exuberance of youth, and the staggering workload that technology has done as much to increase as to lighten. Telling the story of Keizer's year in the classroom, Getting schooled takes us everywhere a teacher might go: from field trips to school plays to town meetings, from a kid's eureka moment to a parent's dark night of the soul.
At once fiercely critical and deeply contemplative, Keizer exposes the obstacles that teachers face daily—and along the way takes aim at some cherished cant: that public education is doomed, that the heroic teacher is the cure for all that ails education, that educational reform can serve as a cheap substitute for societal reformation. Angry, humorous, and always hopeful, Getting schooled is as good an argument as we are likely to hear for a substantive reassessment of our schools and those who struggle in them.
"So much of what Keizer experienced in rural Vermont resonated with my own urban experiences. Every teacher will immediately recognize and enjoy his story. And all who wonder what reforms are needed should start by reading this book." --Deborah Meier, author of The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust
"At once a sympathetic portrait of a school, a searing indictment of a culture that uses working-class children as cannon fodder, and, unexpectedly, a page-turner . . . Jonathan Kozol fans will have a new favorite." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Magnificent . . . The book's chief appeal is an overarching surfeit of wisdom and keen perspective . . . Required reading for anyone even remotely involved in education and those who love them." --Library Journal (starred review)
DATE & TIME: Thursday, September 11th at 7pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington
EVENT FORMAT: Garret will introduce Getting schooled, and read a short passage or two, before taking questions from the audience. Copies of Getting schooled will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to all.
Location: Street: 191 Bank Street Additional: City: Burlington, Province: Vermont Postal Code: 05401 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)