The Battle for Room 314 by Ed Boland
My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School

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By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Boland’s memoir is a deeply human story about the power of teaching.
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THE BATTLE FOR ROOM 314
In a fit of idealism, Ed Boland left a twenty-year career as a non-profit 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.
 

About Ed Boland

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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.
 
Published February 9, 2016 by Grand Central Publishing. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Nov 01 2015

Though told with compassion and wry humor, the book is often difficult to read. Yet the ideal-shattering truths it reveals are important ones for teachers and administrators seeking to reform the urban education system in the United States.

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Publishers Weekly

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on Jan 10 2016

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Boland’s memoir is a deeply human story about the power of teaching.

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Reviewed by Nicole Dixon on Feb 22 2016

In the end, I came away respecting Boland's honesty, admiring his writing and vehemently agreeing with his pleas to integrate America's public schools.

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