Barbara Ruben Explores the Essence of Public Education

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New Book “The Principal’s Office -- An Inside Story” presents public education from the vantage point of a high school principal

According to, “A strong public education system is essential to the individual and collective well-being of our country and its people, and to the development of an informed and engaged citizenry, without which no democracy can exist and flourish.” What exactly goes on within the four walls of the institution that make it a viable catalyst of change and wellbeing? In her book “The Principal’s Office -- An Inside Story”, author Barbara Ruben explores this question as well as the essence of public education and the lives that converge in the system.

The pages present public education from the vantage point of a high school principal. Written in the tone of someone who has seen it and has been there, the book humanizes the concept of public schools and public education. What results is a dynamic read that will give a glimpse of the core and purpose of the system and how different personalities- students, teachers, administrators, board members and parents- work together to achieve common ends. Readers will be able to view the developments of public schools by tracing its progress from the 1970’s until the present day and assess the viability of the system as a whole.

“The Principal’s Office -- An Inside Story” can be called a modern parable of sorts. It brings to light pressing and common issues in public schools delivered in the entertaining wrappings of fiction.

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About the Author
Barbara Ruben received her BA from Boston University, a Masters in School Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and doctoral credits in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the State University of New York at Albany. She was a teacher, a director of special education at a residential treatment facility and an elementary and high school principal. She resides in upstate New York with her husband.

The Principal’s Office * by Barbara Ruben
An Inside Story
Publication Date: October 31, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 127 pages; 978-1-4653-7080-8
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 127 pages; 978-1-4653-7081-5

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