Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice

Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice Change Without Reform in American Education

Larry Cuban
cloth, 280 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-557-2
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A book that explores the problematic connection between education policy and practice while pointing in the direction of a more fruitful relationship, Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice is a provocative culminating statement from one of America’s most insightful education scholars and leaders.

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For forty years, Larry Cuban has been a voice of thoughtful analysis amid the overwrought rhetoric of American education reform. His distinctive contribution—updated, deepened, and extended in this book—has been to focus our attention on the persistent gap between the misconceptions of policy elites and the realities of daily practice in the classroom. One hopes that the next generation of American educators will learn the essential lessons of Cuban’s analysis more deeply than the current generation. Young people considering a career in education should hold the lessons of this book close to their hearts. — Richard F. Elmore, Gregory R. Anrig Professor of Educational Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Larry Cuban’s well-written book convincingly demonstrates why current education reforms don’t work, can’t work, and won’t work. — Diane Ravitch, research professor of education, New York University

Anyone with a deep interest in public schools should read Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice. Cuban takes the reader through the history of earnest efforts to improve our schools—through technology, structural reforms, and accountability systems—and shows why they have met with mixed and often disappointing results. His recommendations for us are both cautionary and hopeful, and always respectful of the dilemmas that teachers face each day they walk through the classroom door. — Gary Yee, board director, District Four, Oakland Unified School District, and retired vice chancellor, Educational Services, Peralta Community College District

Timely and thoughtful, Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice would be a marvelous work for introductory and seminar classes or any level in between. — S.T. Schroth, Choice Magazine

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About the Author

Larry Cuban is professor emeritus of education at Stanford University. His most recent books are As Good As It Gets: What School Reform Brought to Austin and Cutting Through the Hype: The Essential Guide to School Reform (Harvard Education Press).


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