"Rockwood's story, which is based in part on his own experiences, has that ring of authenticity... What is success? What is a life worth living? Is making a difference in a few children's lives worth a lifetime of pedagogy? Rockwood's tale is a thought-provoking and sober look at public education and the disparities of excellence between schools depending on the attendees' socioeconomic status. Schooled is most highly recommended."- Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Matthew Rockwood is an attorney who left the law to become a teacher. He taught for three years in the New York City public school system as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows Program and continues to teach at the community college level. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children, both of whom attend public schools. He is an avid swimmer and a poker enthusiast.
I wrote SCHOOLED! to offer readers a look into the realities faced by public school teachers working on the front lines day in and day out. Until we can see what the problems are, we won’t be in a position to fix them. Public education is the backbone of democracy. Right now the public system is failing a huge number of children who could potentially contribute to society.