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Event: Sam Abrams, Education and the Commercial Mindset
When: Wednesday, April 12, 7:00 pm
Where: The Odyssey Bookshop
Drawing on his book, Education and the Commercial Mindset, 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.
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.”
Sam 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 Abrams.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075