Nicholson Baker – Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids

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    When:
    Sep 10, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    2016-09-10T14:00:00-04:00
    2016-09-10T15:00:00-04:00
    Where:
    McIntyre's Books
    2000 Fearrington Village Center
    Pittsboro, NC 27312
    USA
    Cost:
    Free
    Contact:
    McIntyre's Books
    919-542-3030

    In 2014, after a brief orientation course and a few fingerprinting sessions, Nicholson Baker became an on-call substitute teacher in a Maine public school district. He awoke to the dispatcher’s 5:40am  phone call and headed to one of several nearby schools; when he got there, he did his best to follow lesson plans and help his students get something done.
    What emerges from Baker’s experience is a complex, often touching deconstruction of public schooling in America: children swamped with overdue assignments, overwhelmed by the marvels and distractions of social media and educational technology, and staff who weary themselves trying to teach in step with an often outmoded or overly ambitious standard curriculum.

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