Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom (Hardback)
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Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 16/10/2014
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Lewis Buzbee looks back over a lifetime of experiences in schools and classrooms, from nurseries to college and beyond. He offers fascinating histories of the key ideas informing educational practice over the centuries, which have shaped everything from class size to the layout of desks and chairs. Buzbee deftly weaves his own biography into this overview, approaching his subject as a student, a father, and a teacher. For Buzbee, the blackboard is a precious window into the wider world.

Publisher: Graywolf Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9781555976835
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 303 g
Dimensions: 184 x 133 x 20 mm


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"A delectable feast for the reader . . . I cannot remember when I have read a book with such delight." --Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Bookstore

"A rousing new tome for book lovers . . . "The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop" mixes enthusiastic personal reading recollections with informative passages." --"Time Out New York
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"A fascinating, detailed account of how book selling has come to be what it is, with detours to Alexandria, Classical Rome, and sixth-century China, among other places. It's an intimate book about what he calls (aptly) the 'erotic space of reading.'" --"San Francisco Weekly"

Buzbee's affectionate account [is] a subtle, sharply etched critique of contemporary public education. . . . Deeply affectionate toward teachers, harshly critical of budget cuts, the book offers an eloquent, important reminder (which in a perfect world would inform policy) about the nature of school. "Publishers Weekly, starred review"

Provides a bracing rejoinder to the didactic, data-driven books from policy gurus and social scientists. . . . From the layout of schools to the distinction between 'middle school' and 'junior high school, ' Buzbee spreads engaging prose across the pages, providing both a reminiscence of better days and a considered examination of the assumptions we all make about what does--and does not--constitute a quality education. . . . A welcome book on the importance of education for all. "Kirkus Reviews"

To find a silver lining in even the most embarrassing, most angst-filled moments of your school years? Such a thing seemed impossible for even the most wistful of people, until I read Lewis Buzbee's "Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom." . . . Many readers . . . will gladly follow him on his journey. "NPR"

One needn't subscribe to [Buzbee's] agenda to appreciate the lasting value of the kind of education he portrays with affection and insight in this appealing book. "Shelf Awareness"

Meandering through [Buzbee's] sunny book feels fairly hypnotic--then he hits you with the epilogue in which he gets down to the business of saying, Look, you and I had it good back in the day. Don't our kids deserve what we had?' . . . . I hope more voices will join in the conversation about the state of public schools. "Blackboard" gives us a place to start--by recalling our own experiences in school. "Kansas City Star"

Simultaneously a memoir and treatise on educational reform structured as a series of essays reflecting on the author's experiences as a student and teacher. . . . An important and humane perspective on what happens to us as individuals as we engage in education. "Inside Higher Ed, "An Education Reading List for Bill Gates"""


"Buzbee's affectionate account [is] a subtle, sharply etched critique of contemporary public education. . . . Deeply affectionate toward teachers, harshly critical of budget cuts, the book offers an eloquent, important reminder (which in a perfect world would inform policy) about the nature of school." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Provides a bracing rejoinder to the didactic, data-driven books from policy gurus and social scientists. . . . From the layout of schools to the distinction between 'middle school' and 'junior high school, ' Buzbee spreads engaging prose across the pages, providing both a reminiscence of better days and a considered examination of the assumptions we all make about what does--and does not--constitute a quality education. . . . A welcome book on the importance of education for all." --Kirkus Reviews

"To find a silver lining in even the most embarrassing, most angst-filled moments of your school years? Such a thing seemed impossible for even the most wistful of people, until I read Lewis Buzbee's Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom. . . . Many readers . . . will gladly follow him on his journey." --NPR

"One needn't subscribe to [Buzbee's] agenda to appreciate the lasting value of the kind of education he portrays with affection and insight in this appealing book." --Shelf Awareness

"Meandering through [Buzbee's] sunny book feels fairly hypnotic--then he hits you with the epilogue in which he gets down to the business of saying, 'Look, you and I had it good back in the day. Don't our kids deserve what we had?' . . . . I hope more voices will join in the conversation about the state of public schools. Blackboard gives us a place to start--by recalling our own experiences in school." --Kansas City Star

"Simultaneously a memoir and treatise on educational reform structured as a series of essays reflecting on the author's experiences as a student and teacher. . . . An important and humane perspective on what happens to us as individuals as we engage in education." --Inside Higher Ed, "An Education Reading List for Bill Gates"

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