Charlemont author  at Boswell’s Thursday

Longtime school board member’s book looks at education, past and present

CHARLEMONT — What does a 15-year veteran of Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional school committees know about education?

Enough to write a book about it. That’s what Marguerite Morris Willis of Charlemont has done, and she’ll be discussing her book, and her ideas about public education at Boswell’s Books on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls.

The book-signing and discussion takes place Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m.

Willis’ latest book is called, “A Grandmother’s Essays on Education,” and in it, Willis, the oldest of 10 children, looks at past and present education from her perspectives as a sister, mother and grandmother.

Among the issues she addresses are these: Why can’t schools recognize different kinds of intelligence? Who gets marginalized? What happens to a generation of students when experts make decisions on what is and is not important to learn?

Willis moved to western Massachusetts in 1991 and was a school committee member on both the Hawlemont and Mohawk school committees for many years. She was also a volunteer emergency medical technician for 15 years in Charlemont.

Willis’s first book, a family memoir, was called: “The Women in the Mirror.”

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