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5.0 out of 5 stars Read One, Read the Other, for an Educational Update!
Published in 1954, Evan Hunter's novel is set in an urban vocational school of all boys. Today, almost fifty years later, it remains not just an excellent read, but also a worthwhile one-especially when it is read in conjunction with SPINE, a more contemporary novel of teachers struggling with students and the school system of an isolated rural town. In the latter work-a...
Published on Sept. 17 2002 by F. E. Mazur

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3.0 out of 5 stars a classic that doesnt wear the turns of time
i had a tough time with this book and put it down halfway thru -- possibly as a result of having seen and read TO SIR WITH LOVE and i enjoyed that story more than this one. This story just seems too outdated and non-relevant to me today.
Published on Oct. 15 2002 by William D. Tompkins


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3.0 out of 5 stars a classic that doesnt wear the turns of time, Oct. 15 2002
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William D. Tompkins (New York, New York USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Blackboard Jungle (Classic Ed): A Novel (Hardcover)
i had a tough time with this book and put it down halfway thru -- possibly as a result of having seen and read TO SIR WITH LOVE and i enjoyed that story more than this one. This story just seems too outdated and non-relevant to me today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read One, Read the Other, for an Educational Update!, Sept. 17 2002
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F. E. Mazur (Lexington, KY United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Blackboard Jungle (Classic Ed): A Novel (Hardcover)
Published in 1954, Evan Hunter's novel is set in an urban vocational school of all boys. Today, almost fifty years later, it remains not just an excellent read, but also a worthwhile one-especially when it is read in conjunction with SPINE, a more contemporary novel of teachers struggling with students and the school system of an isolated rural town. In the latter work-a creation of this reviewer-the power and authority of the teacher in the classroom has been virtually eliminated (though seldom admitted), and no administrator would ever utter the words that Hunter's principal stresses to his faculty: "The teacher is boss, remember that!" Nor would those same administrators of today play the hardball of the JUNGLE's head man and insist on payment by parents for the destruction of school property by their sons and daughters. And how many modern-day parents are there who don't view the entire school as something they cannot entirely trust? Who may even regard it less a friend to their progeny and more an enemy? These and other contrasts are often starkly apparent if one reads both novels. Just as are other items that are the same today as they were midway through the previous century. In fact, one of these may even help to determine when teachers began to lose the authority of their position. Again, consider Hunter's school principal. When a student levels a charge at his English teacher, the story's protagonist, principal Small accuses his employee Rick Dadier of being a racial bigot, and he does so without first listening to the other side of the incident. Read one, read the other. Gain a little more insight about the world of education.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the urban terrain of a man's first job, April 9 2002
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momazon "cjd" (Astoria, NY USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Blackboard Jungle (Classic Ed): A Novel (Hardcover)
This book centers of Richard Dadier, a man accepting his first teaching assignment --- an English class -- at a tough Brooklyn technical high school where the kids just want to get enough skills so when they turn 16 they can get a job. His wife is pregnant and they live in a little flat nearby.
Dadier and his fellow rookie teachers' enthusiasm rapidly fades as they face the hardened street youth who make up their classes. But Dadier sees something in the boy who gives him the most trouble, that makes him believe his time in the blackboard jungle is worthwhile no matter what.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Jungle in the City, Sept. 6 2001
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This review is from: The Blackboard Jungle (Classic Ed): A Novel (Hardcover)
As a mystery writer with my debut novel in its initial release and a teacher with over twenty years of experience in an impoverished high school, I found Evan Hunter's THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE fascinating. Ed McBain, the celebrated mystery writer, was a teacher back when he wrote this book. Evan Hunter is, as we all know, Ed McBain's actual name. I suspect he based his Richard Dadier character on his own experiences. Dadier is an idealistic young man with his first professional job as an English teacher in a working class high school. Dadier does his best to reach his students, yet the challenges are great. This book is a classic, and it still applies to teaching these days. I truly wish Evan Hunter would return to THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE. America needs its best and its brightest in our classrooms. As I can attest to from my experience, one can teach students and write mysteries without sacrificing either career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Impactful Piece of Literature, Dec 4 1999
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zimbee (Las Vegas, Nevada, United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Blackboard Jungle (Classic Ed): A Novel (Hardcover)
The first time I read the book, I had checked it out at my university's library. There were several different editions on display. I selected the one which had notes scribbled in the margins by a previous reader. Curious to find out what others thought of my favourite author, I read all the scribbles before I started the book. Whoever had it before me hated it! I cannot concieve why, since this is an excellent look into the struggles of a new teacher in a harsh environment. Hey, let's not forget that Mr. Hunter has an Oscar for the film based on the book! The major difference towards the end between the movie and the book sways me in favour of the book -- a must-read, to quote an old cliche.
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