Superintendent/Parent Book Discussion on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7PM

Please join Newton Public Schools Superintendent David Fleishman on Wednesday, December 2 from 7:00 to 8:30PM in the Newton South Library for a lively book discussion on Frank Bruni’s book about college choices, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll BeSuperintendent Fleishman writes, “As many of you know, college admissions has become an increasingly frenetic and pressured process. While our high schools in Newton have developed a college planning philosophy designed to support students and families, the energy, angst and resource devoted to the process can push some students and their families to the brink. What should we do about a phenomenon that can feel out of control? New York Times columnist and best selling author, Frank Bruni, has written a compelling new book which offers a thoughtful perspective on college admissions. In sum, Bruni argues that where a student goes to college is far less important than many of us previously believed. The book offers a counter narrative for students and their families who feel that their future and self-worth depends on a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ from a certain group of colleges.”

The book discussion will give us an opportunity to talk about the book as a community and hear from a panel with extensive experience in the college admissions process. The panelists will include:

  • Jennifer King, College Consultant and Retired Guidance Department Head, Newton South High School
  • Beth Swederkas, Guidance Department Head, Newton North High School
  • Ronne Patrick Turner, Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions – Northeastern University