EVANSTON, Ill. – Who’s Driving the Bus? My Year as a Kindergarten Mom by Tracy Egan follows eager mom Jen Lansing as she seeks to navigate the pitfalls of her child’s first year in school. Jen and her husband have recently moved to a new suburb and a better school district to give their daughter an educational leg up. When the couple attends an event for new kindergarten parents at their daughter’s school, however, they begin to realize that the system has changed since they were children. Achievement is the name of the game in the competitively-charged world of Jefferson School. As Jen struggles to belong and make sense of her new environment, she uncovers the brutal truths about her seemingly apathetic peers. When the devastating parent-teacher conference finally comes, Jen realizes she may be in over her head. “Programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top have created an overwhelming focus on test scores from the earliest age,” says Egan. “My book offers a humorous and poignant look at the reality that results for grade school teachers and parents today.” Based on the hit one-woman play of the same title that was written and performed by Egan, Who’s Driving the Bus? is an insightful portrayal of the power struggle between parents and teachers in today’s schools. Egan was inspired to write the play and book after sending her own children to school and observing that many of the most treasured elements of kindergarten are fast-disappearing. Her novel explores the effects of these changes in scenarios that can be simultaneously terrifying and hilarious.
From critically acclaimed actor/playwright Tracy Egan comes this new work about the joyful agony of parenting kids on the verge of fleeing the nest. This one-woman show hilariously nails the fraught, frightening and exhilarating beast that is the college application process. Loosely based on her own experience of navigating the end of high with her oldest daughter, Egan also portrays many of the parents of other students. Parents who are often made crazy and controlling in this last gasp of influence over their children. The collision of crushing expectations for success, and the exorbitant cost of a college degree make this ultra-high-stakes process ripe for satire. You Can Only Take the ACT 12 Times is but one of the tongue-in-cheek truths offered up in this ninety minutes of comic relief.
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