Author to tout benefits of public education at Barnes & Noble book signing


By Renee Larr



Author David C. Barrett says he believes education affects everyone in one way or another, and his latest book aims to show what’s going right with the public education system.

Barrett is the assistant director at the Middle School Matters Institute in Austin, Texas, and he co-authored “Harnessing the Dynamics of Public Education” with Timothy Jones. They’ll be at the Barnes and Noble in Carmel April 22 to discuss it and sign books.

“Essentially, it’s meant as a defense of public education. We’re trying to give a voice to educators who are often under attack, but who don’t get their fair time to defend all the great things going on in our public schools,” Barrett said. “Over time, it has become not only blaming the system, but also blaming the teachers and administrators. It’s become a very personal attack. We feel like public education is vital for our nation’s future and our democracy.”

Barrett is a Muncie native and DePauw University graduate. With many family ties to the central Indiana area, Barrett and Jones felt having a book signing in Carmel would help spread their message to the state.

“This will be our third book signing event. It’s a casual affair. We’ll probably talk for about 10 to 15 minutes and share a little bit of our perspective. People can ask questions. We want it to be a discussion. Then those who want to buy a book can get it signed,” Barrett said.

The event will be at 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 14790 Greyhound Plaza, Carmel. There will be another signing and discussion at 11 a.m. April 23 at Ball State Bookstore in Muncie. For more, visit


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