Join the Superintendent's Summer Book Club

Join the Superintendent's Summer Book Club

Frederick County Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban is again hosting a summer book club this year for the public—including students—and employees. The Happiness Effect: How Social Media Is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost is this year’s selection, by Donna Freitas.

In the book’s introduction, Freitas writes this about listening to students all over the United States: “Students discuss the notion of the ‘real me’ versus the ‘online me’ and the dissonance they feel between these…and their worries about how to maintain real, meaningful relationships when a seemingly artificial online world dominates their social lives…. Simply put, because young people feel so pressured to post happy things on social media, most of what everyone sees on social media from their peers are happy things; as a result, they often feel inferior because they aren’t actually happy all the time.”

Some chapter headings in the book are Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? Comparing Ourselves to Others and the Importance of Being ‘Liked,’ My Name Is My Brand and My Brand Is Happiness and My Smartphone and Me: A Love-Hate Relationship.

There are many ways to participate in this summer’s read. FCPS will post details at Events are scheduled as follows:
*Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Twitter chat
*Wednesday, July 26, 9-11 a.m., Staff chat along Carroll Creek (rain location: C. Burr Artz Library)
*Thursday, July 20, 12:30-2 p.m., Public chat, Wegmans Café, 7830 Wormans Mill Road, Frederick
*Thursday, August 31, 4-6 p.m., Open House, FCPS Central Office Board of Education Room, 191 S. East Street, Frederick 

In addition, the author has agreed to participate in an online event. FCPS will announce the date as soon as it is finalized.

This is the fourth year that the Superintendent is hosting a summer book club. She launched the club in 2014 with Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success. Subsequent titles were Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck and Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools: The Politics of Education Reform by Jack Jennings.

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