Spitballs From the Back Row

Spitballs From the Back Row

by Larry Campbell

Spitballs from the Back RowOne of the hardest parts about discussing educational issues regularly is that while everyone is for a ‘good education,’ almost no one can define what that should be—go ahead, try it!—let alone how to manifest it. We’re all using the same words with different images and concepts in our heads.

Public education is a hugely complex process. This is true, no matter how we define or shape it, and issues that face educators today are almost never easy, or even well-defined! Perhaps they never have been. Worse yet, there are no easy answers. No silver bullets. The idea for these essays is to bring some of these issues to the surface, raise subtle and different perspectives, minimize misperceptions, and provide balance, always in a light, readable, and even humorous style. The selections are not designed to convince. They are designed to get attention, promote thought, and even generate discussion.
In the end, these essays may also function as minor ‘nuisances’ of sorts. Not in the traditional negative sense, but rather in the ‘forced-to-take-notice-and-think-about-it’ sense—like buzzing gnats… or Spitballs from The Back Row. One of the hardest parts about discussing educational issues regularly is that while everyone is for a ‘good education,’ almost no one can define what that should be—go ahead, try it!—let alone how to manifest it. We’re all using the same words with different images and concepts in our heads.

Public education is a hugely complex process. This is true, no matter how we define or shape it, and issues that face educators today are almost never easy, or even well-defined! Perhaps they never have been. Worse yet, there are no easy answers. No silver bullets. The idea for these essays is to bring some of these issues to the surface, raise subtle and different perspectives, minimize misperceptions, and provide balance, always in a light, readable, and even humorous style. The selections are not designed to convince. They are designed to get attention, promote thought, and even generate discussion.
In the end, these essays may also function as minor ‘nuisances’ of sorts. Not in the traditional negative sense, but rather in the ‘forced-to-take-notice-and-think-about-it’ sense—like buzzing gnats… or Spitballs from The Back Row. (210 pages, Meath Press, 2018)

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Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-63373-481-4
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Larry CampbellDr. Larry Campbell spent most of his professional career working as a professor in mathematics and mathematics education, split equally (17 years each) between the College of the Ozarks near Branson, MO and Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. He also spent three years between those stops as President of Ozark Mountain Community Classroom in Branson.

He retired from Missouri State — in stages — between 2010 and 2012, and, since then he has been running AfterMath Enterprises, LLC, an umbrella organization for all the activities in which he is engaged. Besides doing talks, programs, & workshops for civic/community groups and schools, he also puts out a (free) Photo/Sharing e-mail blog which combines his photography hobby with several other Monday morning brighteners & tidbits for the week.

He currently writes a bi-weekly educational column for the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, MO. This book is a collection of some of those columns.

Campbell’s first book Rollin’ Down the River: Discovering People and Places Along the Mighty Missouri [Acclaim Press] was released in July 2017. It details his 2016 seven-week journey, following the Missouri River (by car) from its source in Three Forks, MT, to where it ends near St. Louis, MO.

Larry and his wife Pat live in Branson, MO. They have two grown children, Christi and Adam.