The Tragicomedy of Public Education: Laughing, Crying, Thinking, Fixing is a first hand account which explains the tragedy that is the public school system and the ironic comedy that lies in attempted educational reform by the nations leaders. However, public education does not have to be tragicomic. As an educator since 1962 at the public, private, and university level, author James M Kauffman explains to the reader how to start making the public education system what it should be.
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About the Author
James M Kauffman received his M. Ed in teaching from Washburn University in 1966 and then his Ed D. in special education from the University of Kansas. In 1970 he became a professor of education at the University of Virginia where he taught until his retirement 2003. His interest in policy and ethical issues in education, both general and special, and in the history of special education has inspired his writing and furthered his career as an accomplished author. Since 1995, he has written over 15 books concerning education and educational reform including Education Deform: Bright People Sometimes Say Stupid Things About Education (2002).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.