A Nurturing Blight is a qualitative study of one-room schools in a rural Virginia county. Susan M. Leist examines twenty interviews with people who attended or taught in these schools and analyzes them for traits that can inform modern education. These twenty voices give fascinating portrayals of school as a wonderful experience for both students and teachers, an experience quite different from most portrayals of modern schooling. They have much to teach us and much that modern teachers can integrate in their own philosophies.
Susan M. Leist is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor who teaches English at the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She has more than thirty years of teaching experience, primarily in higher education settings, and has been recognized with numerous teaching excellence awards. She is the author of Writing to Teach: Writing to Learn in Higher Education and Writing to Teach: Writing to Learn in Secondary School, both also from University Press of America.