Monday, May 1, 2017

Local Author Samuel Abrams to Present His New Book

Join us for a talk by Holyoke native Samuel E. Abrams about his recently published book Education and the Commercial Mindset at the Holyoke Public Library on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:30 PM.


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 Abrams.

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 library@holyoke.org or 413-420-8101.

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