About Granite and Chalk
Set in present day rural Ontario, Granite and Chalk tells the story of a high school overwhelmed by innovation. Its staff, from the naive newbies to the jaded veterans just want to be left alone to teach like they know how. But education has become a political ping-pong ball to be used to further the careers of bureaucrats and politicians. So the students of Lord Byron Secondary School are marked according to how smart they look. If that causes a problem, they can talk to the dog in Guidance.
The cast of characters is broad, from a Principal determined to bring back God to a history teacher who burns books. In between is a football team who prays to Allah…just in case, a group of good girls who demand the right to fail and a superintendent who talks to the little round buddha sitting on his desk and who hears the buddha answer.
In the face of this insanity Jason Ryan, a young and still innocent teacher believes he can fix everything if only he can talk to the Minister of Education. To do that he is prepared to use everything in his power from singing telegrams to kidnapping and murder.
But don’t fear. There’s also an expert from the United States who knows how to fix everything that’s wrong with the modern school: he blows the buildings up.
Have a go at chapter one and if you like what you read, write me a comment.