As organizations like Teach for America face growing criticism and charter schools come under fire, author Ed Boland gives a personal account of the desperate need to reform America’s education system. Leaving his cushy job as a non-profit executive, Boland went to work in a tough New York City high school. He came away a year later not with “Stand and Deliver” stories of success, but rather an understanding of the appalling reality of his students’ lives and the hobbled education system unable to help them. He’ll tell stories about those he taught—the teenager who ran a drug ring, the student who was homeless, and the aspiring reader who couldn’t go to college because he was undocumented. Boland will also draw parallels between his experience and the state of our education system as a whole, offering a compelling case on the need for change in our schools.