The Tragicomedy of Public Education [NOOK Book]

Overview

“The tragedy is that our public schools work so poorly. The comedy is the off-target comments about educational reform made by educators, business leaders, secretaries of education, presidents, and congress.” So says author James M. Kauffman, former chair of the special education department at the University of Virginia. Kauffman presents a no-holds-barred look at public education, special and general, that will shake up your notions of education in America and give you new insights on badly needed improvements. ...
See more details below
The Tragicomedy of Public Education

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$9.99
BN.com price

Overview

“The tragedy is that our public schools work so poorly. The comedy is the off-target comments about educational reform made by educators, business leaders, secretaries of education, presidents, and congress.” So says author James M. Kauffman, former chair of the special education department at the University of Virginia. Kauffman presents a no-holds-barred look at public education, special and general, that will shake up your notions of education in America and give you new insights on badly needed improvements.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013666818
  • Publisher: Attainment Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/18/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 222
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

James M. Kauffman is Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Virginia, where he has been chair of the Department of Special Education and Associate Dean for Research. He is a former teacher in both general elementary and special education for students with emotional and behavioral disorders.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Posted April 7, 2010

    A Must-Read Book about Education

    There are many books offering assorted theories about what ails public education today. However, Dr. Kauffman's work is special: insightful, based on evidence (not ideology), and even funny at times. As an interested parent who has plowed through a goodly number of books and articles on a variety of topics, I found his discussion informative without being tedious or jargon-laden. He explores many issues of theory and practice, handling both what to teach and how to teach it. Another plus is that he covers both regular and special education, which is rare. He points out the areas in which ideology and fuzzy thinking are preventing our schools from doing all they can for all types of students.

    One should not be fooled by the length of the book. Both professional and lay audiences can find a comprehensive exploration of basic issues in this one well-drafted treatise. One clue for how much I am learning from or enjoying a book is the extent to which I annotate it. My copy of Tragicomedy is full of underlining, asterisks, arrows, exclamation points, and comments. If someone only has the time to read one book on education, I highly recommend this one. Not only does any reader stand to learn a lot about education, he or she will also be entertained in the process. There is a lot to laugh about in how our schools are run. But, as Dr. Kauffman notes, seeing the (tragi)comedy is the first step to constructive change.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)