From the origins of kindergarten to sweeping educational theories, Lewis Buzbee delivers a charming and personal appreciation of a life spent in the classroom.
Lewis was a self-proclaimed "average student", one whose parents did not go to college. After the death of his father, he began to spiral downward, but was saved from failing high school by attentive teachers -- teachers who had ample resources thanks to a well-funded California school system. But now, schools have been devastated by funding cuts, and Buzbee wonders if it's still possible to save at-risk students when "the public will to fund public education remains pallid, timid, hypocritical".
Musing on the architecture of schools, the organizing principles and objects of the classroom to discover what these spaces and objects tell students about the importance of learning, Buzbee finds insight not only as student, but also as a teacher and a father, as he contrasts his daughter's experiences with his own. Just as he did in The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, his love letter to bookstores and bookselling, Buzbee's brand of history and memoir in both entertaining and enlightening.
“[A] heartfelt non-fiction ode to learning.” -- BBC’s Between the Lines
Lewis Buzbee is the author of The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, After The Gold Rush, and Fliegelman's Desire, as well as three award-winning novels for younger readers, Steinbeck's Ghost, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, and Bridge of Time. We're delighted he's our neighbor and invite you to join us raising a glass to him and to Blackboard.
(BONUS: read Lewis Buzbee's Immodest Proposal to Save Our Schools -- download below!)
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