Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids, Nicholson Baker
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Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids

Author: Nicholson Baker

Narrator: Tom Zingarelli

Unabridged: 22 hr 26 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Published: 10/25/2016

Genre: Education - Philosophy & Social Aspects

Synopsis

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, 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. In Baker's hands, the inner life of the classroom is examined anew as the author 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.

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