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Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Children

Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Children

(2016)
A non fiction book by

 
**A New York Times Bestseller**

"May be the most revealing depiction of the American contemporary classroom that we have to date." - Garret Keizer, The New York Times Book Review

Bestselling author Nicholson Baker, in pursuit of the realities of American public education, signed up as a substitute teacher in a Maine public school district.

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 five-forty a.m. 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, over-whelmed 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.

In Baker's hands, the inner life of the classroom is examined anew - mundane work-sheets, recess time-outs, surprise nosebleeds, rebellions, griefs, jealousies, minor triumphs, kindergarten show-and-tell, daily lessons on everything from geology to metal tech to the Holocaust - as he and his pupils struggle to find ways to get through the day. Baker is one of the most inventive and remarkable writers of our time, and Substitute, filled with humor, honesty, and empathy, may be his most impressive work of nonfiction yet.

From the Hardcover edition.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2016 : USA Hardback
Title: Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
ISBN: 0-399-16098-1 / 978-0-399-16098-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

September 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids
Author(s): Nicholson Baker
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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