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Up the Down Staircase [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Bel Kaufman
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Oktober 1988

Bel Kaufman's Up the Down Staircase is one of the best-loved novels of our time. It has been translated into sixteen languages, made into a prize-winning motion picture, and staged as a play at high schools all over the United States; its very title has become part of the American idiom.

Never before has a novel so compellingly laid bare the inner workings of a metropolitan high school. Up the Down Staircase is the funny and touching story of a committed, idealistic teacher whose dash with school bureaucracy is a timeless lesson for students, teachers, parents--anyone concerned about public education. Bel Kaufman lets her characters speak for themselves through memos, letters, directives from the principal, comments by students, notes between teachers, and papers from desk drawers and wastebaskets, evoking a vivid picture of teachers fighting the good fight against all that stands in the way of good teaching.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster; Auflage: 25 Anv (Oktober 1988)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0139391584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0139391583
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,1 x 13,7 x 3,6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.602.226 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Chronicles the goings-on in a large metropolitan high school, detailing the experiences of an idealistic first-year teacher who is plagued by difficulties arising from an overwhelming bureaucracy, inadequate facilities, and some unforgettable students. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Bel Kaufman grew up in Russia, learned English at age twelve, and went on to a distinguished literary, academic, and teaching career. She has won many awards for her writing and public speaking, addressing educators and students here and abroad. She is the granddaughter of the celebrated Yiddish humorist Sholom Aleichem.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen You are going to love this book! Read it today! 19. Januar 2000
Von AKMom82
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This novel is the funny depiction of a not-so-funny subject: inner-city school systems in the 60's. That may sound boring to you, but trust me, you'll enjoy reading the accounts of Miss Barrett, an idealistic, well-meaning teacher. Through countless peaks into the teacher's letterbox and student's suggestion boc, etc. you laugh over the mixed up system and wild students. But you'll also discover how truly saddening Miss Barrett's school is. She is trying hard to make a difference in the lives of her students, but come to realize that love is all they need. Can she give that to them...or is it just too much to ask? Trust me, you'll LOVE this book
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book, must read for all first year teachers 8. Oktober 1999
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I really enjoyed this book and decided to teach it during my first year of teaching. The kids seem to have loved it. It gave them a great chance to take a closer look at both teachers as well as students and even the education system in general. The book was also a unique way of introducing different types of writing through journals, correspondence and dialogue! I think everyone should read this book and most will throughly enjoy the read!
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This book is amazing! Bel Kaufman shows the problems of inner-city schools and the teachers who work there, while keeping with the light of subtle humor. It is easy to read, in that the format leaves room for breaks (the chapters are short). I would recommend this book to anyone, whether you are a teacher, student...just anyone who knows how to read!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ups and downs 5. November 2003
Von E. A Solinas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Schoolteachers make up a pretty small percentage of the population, but "Up the Down Staircase" gives us a little glimpse of exactly what it is like to be one. Especially an idealistic-to-a-fault one who has to deal with a... well, shall we say, interesting group of students. (That is to say, more than a little insane)
Miss Barrett arrives at Calvin Coolidge High, to teach English to a motley band of students. Among them are: Hormone-addled Linda; resentful, angry Joe Ferone; woman-hating Rusty (who repeatedly tells Barrett that he would like her if she weren't "a female"); Edward Williams Esq., who thinks that everything is racially-prejudiced; soppily romantic Alice, and a slew of others. Miss Barrett realizes over time that the kids are screaming out not just for education, but for love and understanding. But will her idealism break through to them?
This isn't really a novel as people generally think of it -- it's composed of skits, letters, notes, and occasionally stretches of dialogue between the teachers and students. Sounds awful? It isn't. Instead it's cute and quirky, and if you get past the odd format it will become immensely enjoyable and coherent. The dialogue is funny, especially since quite a few of the students don't spell-check. ("Fuk"?) There are also suggestion box excerpts ("You think it's fair when a teacher takes off 5 points on a test just because I misspelled his name wrong?"; "We're behind you 85%!") and book reports ("We study myths to learn what it was like to live in the golden age with all the killings"; "We read it because it's a classicle"). One chapter is even devoted to the extremely imaginative lies that the students think up to explain what happened to their homework ("Some one stole it") with a bit of honesty as well ("I didn't know we were supposed to do it").
There are more serious moments, such as one young woman dying after a botched abortion, and a lovelorn girl jumping out of a window because her crush read one of her love letters. And Barrett's disillusionment near the end is as saddening as the response of the students is uplifting. It's also rather pleasant to read that a teacher with genuinely good intentions and hopes can make a positive difference, even though it lacks in realism. The peculiar narrative drags a bit during the first fourth, but picks up after that with more about the students and less chitchat between teachers.
"Up the Down Staircase" is touching and funny, a novel in the barest sense but immensely enjoyable. It's a little weird and drags at times, but it's still fun. And if you're a teacher, you'll probably be weeping at the traumatic memories it brings back.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Best Antinovel I've Ever Read 2. April 2001
Von "kaia_espina" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Don't be put off by my title. An antinovel is merely a book that rejects the traditional elements of a novel. In "Up the Down Staircase", the story is told through letters, memos, notes left in suggestion boxes, and scribblings in notebooks. Some people may consider the letters the clumsiest part of the novel, as they are too detailed and precise to have been written directly from the protagonist's memory (as they are supposed to have been). That is not the point, however, as this clumsiness is something you only notice after you've finished reading (hopefully), assuming that you're really into the story.
Like all other books about teachers-who-touch-the-lives-of-students, this novel is touching, poignant and funny--and properly depressing at the right times. It is also full of the strangest characters, teachers and students alike. Yet real life teachers will recognize their own students in the fictional ones and real life students will agree that the weird teachers in the novel are pretty realistic.
What makes "Up the Down Staircase" different from others of its kind (e.g. "The Blackboard Jungle") is that even though it is "messagey", it was not written by someone who had an axe to grind. Yes, Bel Kaufman exposes the terrible working conditions and lack of respect public school teachers get, as well as the poor education students are subjected to--but Kaufman is no Dickens! (Thank goodness!) The crusade to help teachers and students is put in the background, where it belongs; and the story of Miss Barrett, her students, and the other colorful people of Calvin Coolidge, remains in the foreground.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Kids are still the same 9. Januar 2005
Von Emerson Randolph - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I first read this book back in the 1960s before I entered the teaching profession. I have read it several times since. Having just retired from teaching after 34 years, I can say that kids are still basically the same as described in this book. They may have laptop computers now, but their personalities are the same. We still have the teacher pleasers, the lovesick girls, the politicians, the misfits, the loners, and all the rest. My mind has gone back to this book many times as I encountered situations similar to those that faced Miss Barrett. As a matter of fact, as English Department chairman, I often quoted her boss, Mr. Bester: Let it be a challenge to you. I recommend this book to all who would venture into the exciting and wonderful world of the school teacher.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen sharp beyond description. 8. August 2003
Von S. Bell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm not sure why, exactly, but the humor that everyone finds to be so uproarious in the book was more subtle and subdued to me (I silently laughed more than I cracked up out loud). Primarily, this is an extremely powerful thing, should completely grip anybody who reads it, and the amazing thing is that it speaks the language of its characters, it's subjects. It shows both that simple language is the best, and that sometimes that same language is not necessarily simple minded. Exposes the true beauty and character of so many things people are ignorant to-this book should be read by anybody associated in any way with education, student or faculty.
In a league with satire giants like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Catch 22. Must read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen One of my high school favorites is now an ebook 18. Januar 2013
Von Diane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Last fall, I saw that one of the books that I loved as a high school student, Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman, was being reissued as an ebook. I can vividly remember reading the slim book, a fictionalized account of Kaufman's experiences teaching in the New York City schools system in the 1950s and 60s.

The book became a movie starring Sandy Dennis, and I loved that too. Although at times it paints a very bleak portrait of NYC public schools, what shines through is the main character Miss Sylvia Barringer's love of teaching and her students. This book was responsible for many young women choosing teaching as a career.

The book covers Miss Barringer's first year teaching in a poor city high school. Most of the students came from poverty stricken families, and had so many other problems at home that school was either a refuge for them or a place they went to until they dropped out to get a job to help support their families.

Miss Barringer is baffled by the students' actions and the ridiculous clerical work required from the administration. She quickly learns the language:
"Keep on file in numerical order" means throw it in the wastebasket. "Let it be a challenge to you" means that you're stuck with it; "interpersonal relationships" is a fight between kids; "ancillary civic agencies for supportive discipline" means call the cops. "Non-academic minded" is a delinquent and "it has come to my attention" means you're in trouble.
She makes friends with an older teacher, Bea, who shows her the ropes and encourages Sylvia to hang in there and try to reach her students. (I think the author is a combination of Bea and Sylvia.) She puts a suggestion box in her classroom and she shares many of the notes that her students leave there.

The notes are funny, profane, and sometimes heartbreaking. We meet many of the students through them, including Edward Williams, who deigns to be class president and tries to impress Miss Barringer with his knowledge. Joey Ferrone is a tough guy, the one kid Barringer really wants to reach. She believes he hides his intelligence behind his rough exterior, and they have one interaction that is filled with tension.

The book started out as a magazine article containing many of the real student notes that Kaufman kept from her teaching days. The magazine liked it so much, it became a full-fledged novel.

I thought that in reading this book, it might feel dated to me, but it did not, and I'm not sure how that makes me feel. Schools are still filled with bureaucratic nonsense, and students in poor schools still get the short end of the stick. It makes me sad that in some ways we haven't come very far.

After we saw the heroic teachers in Newtown who gave their lives to save their students, it is the right time to read or re-read Up the Down Staircase. It's good to be reminded of the many people who believe in the importance of teaching our children, and the challenges they face as they do it.
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