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Author: Ed Boland Narrator: Ed Boland Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781478985327
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In a fit of idealism, Ed Boland left a twenty-year career as a nonprofit executive to teach in a tough New York City public high school. But his hopes quickly collided headlong with the appalling reality of his students’ lives and a hobbled education system unable to help them: Freddy runs a drug ring for his incarcerated brother; Nee-cole is homeschooled on the subway by her brilliant homeless mother; and Byron’s Ivy League dream is dashed because he is undocumented.

In the end, Boland isn’t hoisted on his students’ shoulders and no one passes AP anything. This is no urban fairy tale of at-risk kids saved by a Hollywood hero, but a searing indictment of schools that claim to be progressive but still fail their students. Told with compassion, humor, and a keen eye, Boland’s story is sure to ignite debate about the future of American education and attempts to reform it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “By turns harrowing and hilarious, Ed Boland’s memoir about teaching in a New York City high school is raw, moving, and smashes the dangerous myth of the hero-teacher. The story told in The Battle for Room 314 shows us how high the stakes are for our most vulnerable students, and offers a fresh view and a pointed and powerful first-person perspective on American public education.”

    Piper Kerman, New York Times bestselling author of Orange is the New Black

  • "The Battle for Room 314 chronicles a year of gladiatorial altruism in the unruly arena of American public education. Ed Boland shares the startling, funny, audacious, and sad confrontations and conundrums he must puzzle his way through after deciding to try his hand at one of the most important, least appreciated professions in this country: teaching. His vivid anecdotes ensure there will be no reader left behind. Like his students, he sometimes fails a test, but he never loses hope, and his story gleams with insight and urgency.”

    Andrew Solomon, National Book Award–winning author

  • “Captivating, insightful, and instructive…Boland’s colorful descriptions let the reader share his experience, living his successes, his growing understanding of his craft and his students, his dissections of days that did not go well, and his efforts to maintain hope.”

    Library Journal

  • “Told with compassion and wry humor…the ideal-shattering truths it reveals are important ones for teachers and administrators seeking to reform the urban education system in the United States. An unflinchingly honest account of one man’s experiences with inner-city education.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Ed Boland has dedicated his entire professional life to nonprofit causes as a fundraiser and communications expert. He has worked for predominantly educational institutions but also for arts and social service organizations. Boland was an admissions officer at his alma mater, Fordham, and later at Yale, and lived in China as a Princeton in Asia Fellow. He lives in New York with his husband.