Join us for a talk by Holyoke native Samuel E. Abrams about his recently published bookEducation and the Commercial Mindset
at the Holyoke Public Library
on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:30pm
250 Chestnut Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
Drawing on his book
, Education and the Commercial Mindset (Harvard University Press, 2016), Sam Abrams, a Holyoke native, will discuss the divergent paths taken by education policymakers in Chile, Finland, Sweden, and the United States. In addition, Abrams will address the implications of Donald Trump’s presidency for schooling in the United States. Joining Abrams on stage for a Q&A will be Gus Morales, another Holyoke native and a veteran local teacher.
Writing in The New York Review of Books, Diane Ravitch described Education and the Commercial Mindset as “an elegant analysis of the workings of market forces in education.” Reviewing the book for Teachers College Record, Margaret Stange-Topkins described it as “exceptionally balanced, meticulously researched, and rooted in a deep understanding of the historical, cultural, and social antecedents of the widespread use of business practices and norms in education.”
This excerpt from Education and the Commercial Mindset concerning Finnish education policy was published by The Stanford Social Innovation Review. For a Q&A with Abrams about his book, see this column by Valerie Strauss for The Washington Post. For his assessment of Trump’s approach to education policy, see this op-ed from The Los Angeles Times.
Abrams is the director of the National Center for the
Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College,
Columbia University. Dedicated to fitness as well as
scholarship, Abrams is a veteran coach in the Ice Hockey
in Harlem program in New York’s Central Park. He is the
son of long-time area residents Robert and Frances
The event is free and open to the public. A copy of the book is available at the Library to borrow and read before the event. Following the discussion, Abrams will sign copies.His book will be available for purchase at the event. Or you may bring your own.
For further questions on this entertaining event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-420-8101.
Conversation with Local Author series are relaxed conversations between our members and an outstanding member of our author community.
Parking available along the street in front of the new entrance to the library and in generous lots adjacent to and immediately across the street from the library.