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The Bookshelf: Aug. 21, 2014

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Blackboard.

Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom by Lewis Buzbee

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BLACKBOARD: A Personal History of the Classroom

by Lewis Buzbee

Where other authors draw on research studies and have specific case studies that serve as the frosting on the cake, the author starts from his own experience and leapfrogs back in time to explore various educational practices and their origins. ... Buzbee writes of the different views of the teacher in the front, from the “lecturing chalk-and-talk” droners who fail to reach students to those who serve as “a lens through which the lesson is created and clarified.” 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.

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