Read This Twice
HomePeopleBooksListsMy Library 0Sign In

100 Best Education Books

100 books on this list
Sort by
Best
Layout
The Book Whisperer
Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
by Donalyn Miller (Mar 15, 2009)
Goodreads Rating
Known for her popular blog, "The Book Whisperer," Donalyn Miller is a dedicated teacher who says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. Her approach, however, is not conventional. Miller dispenses with the more traditional reading instruction of book reports and comprehension worksheets in favor of embracing students' choices ...
Educated
A Memoir
by Tara Westover (Feb 20, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's ...
The Mis-Education of the Negro
by Carter Godwin Woodson (Jun 05, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
Originally released in 1933, The Mis-Education of the Negro continues to resonate today, raising questions that readers are still trying to answer. The impact of slavery on the Black psyche is explored and questions are raised about our education system, such as what and who African Americans are educated for, the difference between education and t...
Recommended by
Bianca Belair
Totto-Chan
The Little Girl at the Window
by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (Mar 23, 2012)
Goodreads Rating
This engaging series of childhood recollections tells about an ideal school in Tokyo during World War II that combined learning with fun, freedom, and love. This unusual school had old railroad cars for classrooms, and it was run by an extraordinary man-its founder and headmaster, Sosaku Kobayashi--who was a firm believer in freedom of expression a...
Recommended by
Ryan Holiday
The Read-Aloud Handbook
Seventh Edition
by Jim Trelease (Jun 24, 2013)
Goodreads Rating
The classic million-copy bestselling handbook on reading aloud to childrenrevised and updated Recommended by "Dear Abby" upon its first publication in 1982, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Treleases beloved classic for more than three decades to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations a...
Recommended by
Bethany S. Mandel
A Mind for Numbers
How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)
by Barbara Oakley PhD (Jul 30, 2014)
Goodreads Rating
Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a higher level of math competency, A Mind for Numbers offers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating but inescapable field. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley knows firsthand how it feels to st...
Recommended by
Derek Sivers
The Read-Aloud Family
Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
by Sarah Mackenzie (Mar 27, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
Connecting deeply with our kids can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven lives. Reading aloud offers us a chance to be fully present with our children. It also increases our kids’ academic success, inspires compassion, and fortifies them with the inner strength they need to face life’s challenges. As Sarah Mackenzie has found with her own si...
Pedagogy of the Oppressed
by Paulo Freire (Mar 21, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. Paulo Freire's work has helped to empower countless people throughout the world and has taken on special urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minori...
Recommended by
Alexis Isabel
Reading in the Wild
The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits
by Donalyn Miller (Nov 03, 2013)
Goodreads Rating
Teaching students to become lifelong readers A companion to the bestselling The Book Whisperer, Reading in the Wild explores whether or not we are truly instilling lifelong reading habits in our students and provides practical strategies for teaching "wild" reading. Based on survey responses from over 900 adult readers and classroom feedback, Readi...
Teaching to Transgress
Education as the Practice of Freedom (Harvest in Translation)
by bell hooks (Sep 12, 1994)
Goodreads Rating
In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks--writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual--writes about a new kind of education, educations as the practice of freedom. Teaching students to "transgress" against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher's most important goal.Bell hooks spea...
For the Children's Sake
Foundations of Education for Home and School
by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay (Jun 17, 2009)
Goodreads Rating
Shows parents and teachers how children's learning experiences can be extended to every aspect of life, giving them a new richness, stability, and joy for living.Every parent and teacher wants to give his or her children the best education possible. We hope that the education we provide is a joyful adventure, a celebration of life, and preparation ...
Recommended by
Bethany S. Mandel
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria
And Other Conversations About Race
by Beverly Daniel Tatum (Jan 16, 2003)
Goodreads Rating
The classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism-now fully revised and updated Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, a...
Savage Inequalities
Children in America's Schools
by Jonathan Kozol (Jul 24, 2012)
Goodreads Rating
National Book Award-winning author Jonathan Kozol presents his shocking account of the American educational system in this stunning "New York Times" bestseller, which has sold more than 250,000 hardcover copies."An impassioned book, laced with anger and indignation, about how our public education system scorns so many of our children." -- New York ...
The Well-Trained Mind
A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Revised and Updated Edition)
by Susan Wise Bauer (Apr 17, 2004)
Goodreads Rating
This book will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school. Two veteran home educators outline the classical pattern of education—the trivium—which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child's mind: the elementary school "grammar stage,"...
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
by Siegfried Engelmann (Jun 15, 1986)
Goodreads Rating
With more than half a million copies in print, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is the definitive guide to giving your child the reading skills needed now for a better chance at tomorrow, while bringing you and your child closer together.Is your child halfway through first grade and still unable to read? Is your preschooler bored with c...
Recommended by
Michael Petrilli
Make It Stick
The Science of Successful Learning
by Peter C. Brown (Apr 14, 2014)
Goodreads Rating
To most of us, learning something "the hard way" implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychol...
The Daily Five
by Gail Boushey (Dec 31, 2005)
Goodreads Rating
Do you love teaching but feel exhausted from the energy you expend cajoling, disciplining, and directing students on a daily basis? If so, you'll want to meet “The Sisters”, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. Based on literacy learning and motivation research, they created a structure called The Daily Five which has been practiced and refined in their ow...
Book Love
Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers
by Penny Kittle (Oct 25, 2012)
Goodreads Rating
"I believe each of my students must craft an individual reading life of challenge, whim, curiosity, and hunger, and I've discovered that it is not too late in high school to lead a non-reader to reading. It's never too late."-Penny KittlePenny Kittle wants us to face the hard truths every English teacher fears: too many kids don't read the assigned...
Readicide
How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It
by Mr. Kelly Gallagher (Feb 01, 2009)
Goodreads Rating
Read-i-cide...
Why Meadow Died
The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America's Students
by Andrew Pollack (Sep 10, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER As featured in the New York Post and as seen on Tucker Carlson, Fox and Friends, Martha MacCallum, and more. The Parkland school shooting was the most avoidable mass murder in American history. And the policies that made it inevitable are being forced into public schools across America.After my sister Meadow was murd...
Recommended by
Mike Matusow
The One World Schoolhouse
Education Reimagined
by Salman Khan (Jul 30, 2013)
Goodreads Rating
A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder's online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use the Khan Academy's free videos and s...
The Years That Matter Most
How College Makes or Breaks Us
by Paul Tough (Sep 10, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
Indelible and extraordinary.Tara Westover, author of Educated: A Memoir, New York Times Book Review A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice The best-selling author of How Children Succeed returns with a powerful, mind-changing inquiry into higher education in the United States Does college still work? Is the system designed just to protect the...
Recommended by
Gayle Forman
Mindset
The New Psychology of Success
by Carol S. Dweck (Dec 26, 2007)
Goodreads Rating
Now updated with new research — the book that has changed millions of lives.After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of hum...
Mathematical Mindsets
Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching
by Jo Boaler (Nov 01, 2015)
Goodreads Rating
Banish math anxiety and give students of all ages a clear roadmap to success. Mathematical Mindsets provides practical strategies and activities to help teachers and parents show all children, even those who are convinced that they are bad at math, that they can enjoy and succeed in math. Jo Boaler--Stanford researcher, professor of math education,...
Being the Change
Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension
by Sara K. Ahmed (Mar 22, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
Topics such as race, gender, politics, religion, and sexuality are part of our students' lives, yet when these subjects are brought up at school teachers often struggle with how to respond. How do we create learning conditions where kids can ask the questions they want to ask, muddle through how to say the things they are thinking, and have tough c...
Recommended by
Todd Nesloney
Amazing Grace
The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
by Jonathan Kozol (Jun 25, 2012)
Goodreads Rating
The children in this book defy the stereotypes of urban youth too frequently presented by the media. Tender, generous and often religiously devout, they speak with eloquence and honesty about the poverty and racial isolation that have wounded but not hardened them. The book does not romanticize or soften the effects of violence and sickness. One fo...
Punished by Rewards
The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes
by Alfie Kohn (Sep 01, 1999)
Goodreads Rating
The basic strategy we use for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summarized in six words: Do this and you'll get that. We dangle goodies (from candy bars to sales commissions) in front of people in much the same way we train the family pet. Drawing on a wealth of psychological research, Alfie Kohn points the way to a m...
Mindstorms
Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas
by Seymour A. Papert (Aug 03, 1993)
Goodreads Rating
The book that started the computer revolution in schoolsComputers have completely changed the way we teach children. We have Mindstorms to thank for that. In this book, pioneering computer scientist Seymour Papert uses the invention of LOGO, the first child-friendly programming language, to make the case for the value of teaching children with comp...
Recommended by
Patrick Collison
Mindstorms by Seymour PapertHardcover
by Seymour Papert (Dec 03, 1980)
Goodreads Rating
Seymour Papert was among the first to see that massive change was needed in the education system, particularly in the fields of math and science, and in the role that technology could play in learning. Mindstorms is the book born of these observations. Papert posits two central themes: that children can learn to use computers and technology in a ma...
Recommended by
Patrick Collison
The Privileged Poor
How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students
by Anthony Abraham Jack (Feb 28, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
Getting in is only half the battle. The Privileged Poor reveals how--and why--disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges, and explains what schools can do differently if these students are to thrive.The Ivy League looks different than it used to. College presidents and deans of admission have opened their doors--and their coffers--to support...
The CAFE Book
Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment and Instruction
by Gail Boushey (Apr 12, 2009)
Goodreads Rating
All readers of any age need instruction and support that helps them become more independent and self-reflective in their work. – Gail Boushey and Joan Moser In The CAFE Book, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser present a practical, simple way to integrate assessment into daily reading and classroom discussion. The CAFE system, based on research into the ha...
The Family Virtues Guide
Simple Ways to Bring Out the Best in Our Children and Ourselves
by Linda Kavelin Popov (Jun 01, 1997)
Goodreads Rating
The most important job parents have is to pass basic virtues on to their children, and this invaluable book is designed to help make that job a little easier. Compiled by The Virtues Project, an international organization dedicated to inspiring spiritual growth in young and old alike, this multicultural, interfaith handbook shows parents and teache...
Recommended by
Rainn Wilson
Other People's Children
Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
by Lisa Delpit (Aug 01, 2006)
Goodreads Rating
Winner of an American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Award and Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Book Award, and voted one of Teacher Magazine’s “great books,” Other People’s Children has sold over 150,000 copies since its original hardcover publication. This anniversary paperback edition features a new introduction by Delpit ...
Recommended by
Kelly Wickham Hurst
Dumbing Us Down -25th Anniversary Edition
The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling - 25th Anniversary Edition
by John Taylor Gatto (May 18, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
A highly praised best-seller for over a decade, this is a radical treatise on public education that concludes that compulsory government schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in a machine. This Special Collector's Edition celebrates 100,000 copies or the book in print, and the book's on-going importance and popular...
The Art of Doing Science and Engineering
Learning to Learn
by Richard W. Hamming (May 26, 2020)
Goodreads Rating
Provides the reader with a style of thinking that will enhance a person's ability to function as a problem-solver of complex technical issues. Consists of a collection of stories about the author's participation in significant discoveries, relating how those discoveries came about and, most importantly, provides analysis about the thought processes...
Recommended by
Patrick Collison
The Limitless School
Creative Ways to Solve the Culture Puzzle
by Abe Hege (Feb 15, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
Culture is the invisible and driving force that shapes learning experiences, the community’s perceptions, and students’ memories—which is why being intentional about creating a positive culture is imperative for your school’s success. This book identifies the nine pillars that support a positive school culture and explains how each stakeholder has ...
Recommended by
Todd Nesloney
Who Owns the Learning?
Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age (Incorporate Technology and Opportunities Into Instruction)
by Alan November (May 21, 2012)
Goodreads Rating
While the world outside the classroom has developed, classroom instruction has remained stagnant. Students are encouraged to just cover the curriculum and the power of purpose and meaningful contribution are absent. Furthermore this old way of doing things doesn't credit students' natural curiosity to direct their own learning. In Who Owns the Lear...
Recommended by
Phil Shapiro
Pushout
The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
by Monique Morris (Jan 16, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
Fifteen-year-old Diamond stopped going to school the day she was expelled for lashing out at peers who constantly harassed and teased her for something everyone on the staff had missed: she was being trafficked for sex. After months on the run, she was arrested and sent to a detention center for violating a court order to attend school.Just 16 perc...
The Lost Education of Horace Tate
Uncovering the Hidden Heroes Who Fought for Justice in Schools
by Vanessa Siddle Walker (Jul 31, 2018)
Goodreads Rating
In the epic tradition of Eyes on the Prize and with the cultural significance of John Lewis’s March trilogy, an ambitious and harrowing account of the devoted black educators who battled southern school segregation and inequality“Negroes cannot and will not be free or integrated if all that they have is relinquished, emasculated, given up, or aband...
Recommended by
Jeff Raikes
The Best Class You Never Taught
How Spider Web Discussion Can Turn Students into Learning Leaders
by Alexis Wiggins (Sep 26, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
The best classes have a life of their own, powered by student-led conversations that explore texts, ideas, and essential questions. In these classes, the teacher's role shifts from star player to observer and coach as the studentsThink critically, Work collaboratively, Participate fully, Behave ethically, Ask and answer high-level questions, Suppor...
Recommended by
Jay McTighe
Routines for Reasoning
Fostering the Mathematical Practices in All Students
by Grace Kelemanik (Sep 26, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
"Routines for Reasoning will help teachers think a lot harder about what the mathematical practices mean...This book should be on every mathematics teacher's bookshelf." - Elham Kazemi, Geda and Phil Condit Professor in Mathematics Education, University of Washington; coauthor of Intentional Talk"This book is a must read for every K-12 teacher seri...
Recommended by
David Wees
When Kids Can't Read
What Teachers Can Do
by Kylene Beers (Sep 30, 2002)
Goodreads Rating
For Kylene Beers, the question of what to do when kids can't read surfaced abruptly in 1979 when she began teaching. That year, she discovered that some of the students in her seventh-grade language arts classes could pronounce all the words, but couldn't make any sense of the text. Others couldn't even pronounce the words. And that was the year sh...
Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain
Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
by Zaretta L. Hammond (Nov 30, 2014)
Goodreads Rating
A bold, brain-based teaching approach to culturally responsive instructionThe achievement gap remains a stubborn problem for educators of culturally and linguistically diverse students. With the introduction of the rigorous Common Core State Standards, diverse classrooms need a proven framework for optimizing student engagement and facilitating dee...
We Want to Do More Than Survive
Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom
by Bettina Love (Feb 04, 2020)
Goodreads Rating
Drawing on personal stories, research, and historical events, an esteemed educator offers a vision of educational justice inspired by the rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists.Drawing on her life's work of teaching and researching in urban schools, Bettina Love persuasively argues that educators must teach students about racial violence, o...
Reading with Meaning
Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades
by Debbie Miller (Dec 31, 2001)
Goodreads Rating
If you have ever wondered how to teach comprehension strategies to primary-age children, read on.First, imagine a primary-grade classroom where all the children are engaged and motivated; where the buzz of excited, emerging readers fills the air; where simultaneously words are sounded out and connections are made between the books of their choice a...
Free to Learn
Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life
by Peter Gray (Feb 10, 2015)
Goodreads Rating
Our children spend their days being passively instructed, and made to sit still and take tests—often against their will. We call this imprisonment schooling, yet wonder why kids become bored and misbehave. Even outside of school children today seldom play and explore without adult supervision, and are afforded few opportunities to control their own...
Level 3
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World (Penguin Readers, Level 3)
by Pearson Education (Mar 05, 2011)
Goodreads Rating
In 1998 John Wood worked for Microsoft in Australia. He was a busy, successful man. Then he went on vacation to Nepal and visited a school in a Himalayan village, this changed his life. He helped the school and decided to change the World! He started the charity 'Room to Read'......
Recommended by
Tim Ferriss
A Charlotte Mason Companion
Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning
by Karen Andreola (Jan 01, 1998)
Goodreads Rating
This is a thorough chapter-by-chapter overview of the inspiring teaching principles of Christian educator Charlotte Mason from the original Charlotte Mason authority, speaker, and columnist, Karen Andreola. With warmth and humor, Karen provides a wealth of insight, practical advice, and narratives, illustrating how educating "the Charlotte Mason wa...
Lost at School
Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them
by Ross W. Greene Ph.D. (Sep 30, 2014)
Goodreads Rating
From a distinguished clinician, pioneer in working with behaviorally challenging kids, and author of the acclaimed The Explosive Child comes a groundbreaking approach for understanding and helping these kids and transforming school discipline.Frequent visits to the principal's office. Detentions. Suspensions. Expulsions. These are the established t...
Boys Adrift
The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
by Leonard Sax (Jun 28, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. The gender gap in college attendance and graduation rates has widened dramatically. While Emily is working hard at school and getting A’s, her brother Justin is goofing of...
In the Middle
New Understandings About Writing, Reading, and Learning
by Nancie Atwell (Feb 10, 1998)
Goodreads Rating
The best way to teach is to learn together with the students. One of the rare breed of teachers who do know this is Nancie Atwell. - The New York TimesReading this book can be revolutionary. . . . Atwell leads us to new understandings of teaching and learning in a workshop classroom. - Voices from the Middle When first published in 1987, this semin...
A Thomas Jefferson Education
Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-First Century
by Oliver DeMille (Sep 01, 2009)
Goodreads Rating
Is American education preparing the future leaders our nation needs, or merely struggling to teach basic literacy and job skills? Without leadership education, are we settling for an inadequate system that delivers educational, industrial, governmental and societal mediocrity? In A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for th...
How to Read a Book
The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
by Mortimer J. Adler (Aug 15, 1972)
Goodreads Rating
How to Read a Book, originally published in 1940, has become a rare phenomenon, a living classic. It is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. And now it has been completely rewritten and updated. You are told about the various levels of reading and how to achieve them – from elementary reading, through...
The Reading Zone
How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers
by Nancie Atwell (Jan 01, 2007)
Goodreads Rating
Long an advocate of frequent, voluminous reading in schools, the author draws on evidence gathered in twenty years of classroom teaching to make the case for reading workshop more powerful than ever. The book establishes the top ten conditions for making engaged classroom reading possible for students at all levels and provides the practical suppor...
Data Mining Techniques
For Marketing, Sales, and Customer Relationship Management
by Gordon S. Linoff (Apr 12, 2011)
Goodreads Rating
The leading introductory book on data mining, fully updated and revised! When Berry and Linoff wrote the first edition of Data Mining Techniques in the late 1990s, data mining was just starting to move out of the lab and into the office and has since grown to become an indispensable tool of modern business. This new edition--more than 50% new and r...
Recommended by
Kirk Borne
Weapons of Mass Instruction
A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling
by John Taylor Gatto (Apr 01, 2010)
Goodreads Rating
“Gatto draws on thirty years in the classroom and many years of research as a school reformer. He puts forth his thesis with a rhetorical style that is passionate, logical, and laden with examples and illustrations.” ForeWord Magazine“Weapons of Mass Instruction is probably his best yet. Gatto’s storytelling skill shines as he relates tales of real...
The First Six Weeks of School
by Responsive Classroom (Mar 04, 2015)
Goodreads Rating
Watch children's learning blossom all year long when you lay the groundwork with the help of this classic, comprehensive guidebook for K6 teachers. Day by day and week by week, The First Six Weeks of School shows you how to set students up for a year of engaged and productive learning by: using positive teacher language to establish high academic a...
How Children Fail
by John Holt (Sep 04, 1995)
Goodreads Rating
First published in the mid 1960s, How Children Fail began an education reform movement that continues today. In his 1982 edition, John Holt added new insights into how children investigate the world, into the perennial problems of classroom learning, grading, testing, and into the role of the trust and authority in every learning situation. His und...
Making Thinking Visible
How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners
by Ron Ritchhart (May 02, 2011)
Goodreads Rating
A proven program for enhancing students' thinking and comprehension abilities Visible Thinking is a research-based approach to teaching thinking, begun at Harvard's Project Zero, that develops students' thinking dispositions, while at the same time deepening their understanding of the topics they study. Rather than a set of fixed lessons, Visible T...
How Children Learn
by John Holt (Sep 04, 1995)
Goodreads Rating
This enduring classic of educational thought offers teachers and parents deep, original insight into the nature of early learning. John Holt was the first to make clear that, for small children, “learning is as natural as breathing.” In this delightful yet profound book, he looks at how we learn to talk, to read, to count, and to reason, and how we...
We Make the Road by Walking
Conversations on Education and Social Change
by Myles Horton (Dec 27, 1990)
Goodreads Rating
This dialogue between two of the most prominent thinkers on social change in the twentieth century was certainly a meeting of giants. Throughout their highly personal conversations recorded here, Horton and Freire discuss the nature of social change and empowerment and their individual literacy campaigns. The ideas of these men developed through tw...
Reign of Error
The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools
by Diane Ravitch (Aug 26, 2014)
Goodreads Rating
From one of the foremost authorities on education in the United States, former U.S. assistant secretary of education, "whistle-blower extraordinaire" (The Wall Street Journal), author of the best-selling The Death and Life of the Great American School System ("Important and riveting"--Library Journal), The Language Police ("Impassioned . . . Fierce...
Life of Fred--Apples
by Stanley F. Schmidt (Jan 01, 2015)
Goodreads Rating
Numbers that Add to 7, Circles, Ellipses, Reading 6:00 on a Clock, 5 + ? = 7, Days of the Week, Leap Years, Spelling February, Dressing for Cold Weather, 15 Degrees Below Zero (–15º), Deciduous Trees, Deciduous Teeth, Counting by Fives, 3x + 4x = 7x, Archimedes 287 B.C. Wrote The Sand Reckoner and Got Killed Being Rude, ante meridiem (a.m.), Donner...
Learning All The Time
by John Holt (Jan 22, 1990)
Goodreads Rating
How small children begin to read, write, count, and investigate the world, without being taughtThe essence of John Holt's insight into learning and small children is captured in Learning All The Time. This delightful book by the influential author of How Children Fail and How Children Learn shows how children learn to read, write, and count in thei...
Creative Schools
The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education
by Sir Ken Robinson PhD (Apr 19, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
A revolutionary reappraisal of how to educate our children and young people by the New York Times bestselling author of The Element and Finding Your Element   Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education, and his 2006 TED Talk on the subject is the most viewed in the organization’s history. Now, the internationally recogn...
The Teenage Liberation Handbook
How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
by Grace Llewellyn (Sep 01, 1998)
Goodreads Rating
An estimated 700,000 American children are now taught at home. This book tells teens how to take control of their lives and get a "real life." Young people can reclaim their natural ability to teach themselves and design a personalized education program. Grace Llewellyn explains the entire process, from making the decision to quit school, to discov...
I Read It, but I Don't Get It
Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers
by Cris Tovani (Dec 31, 1999)
Goodreads Rating
I Read It, but I Don't Get It is a practical, engaging account of how teachers can help adolescents develop new reading comprehension skills. Cris Tovani is an accomplished teacher and staff developer who writes with verve and humor about the challenges of working with students at all levels of achievement—from those who have mastered the art of "f...
The Shame of the Nation
The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
by Jonathan Kozol (Aug 01, 2006)
Goodreads Rating
Since the early 1980s, when the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, segregation of black children has reverted to its highest level since 1968. In many inner-city schools, a stick-and-carrot method of behavioral control traditionally used in prisons is now used with students. Meanwhile, as high-stake...
Choice Words
How Our Language Affects Children's Learning
by Peter H. Johnston (Dec 31, 2003)
Goodreads Rating
In productive classrooms, teachers don't just teach children skills: they build emotionally and relationally healthy learning communities. Teachers create intellectual environments that produce not only technically competent students, but also caring, secure, actively literate human beings.Choice Words shows how teachers accomplish this using their...
Teaching As a Subversive Activity
by Neil Postman (Jul 14, 1971)
Goodreads Rating
A no-holds-barred assault on outdated teaching methods--with dramatic & practical proposals on how education can be made relevant to today's world.IntroductionCrap detecting The medium is the message, of course The inquiry method Pursuing relevance What's worth knowing?Meaning making Languaging New teachersCity schoolsNew languages: the media-Two a...
Unequal Childhoods
Class, Race, and Family Life
by Annette Lareau (Sep 10, 2003)
Goodreads Rating
Class does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children. Drawing on in-depth observations of black and white middle-class, working-class, and poor families, Unequal Childhoods explores this fact, offering a picture of childhood today. Here are the frenetic families managing their children's hectic schedules of "leisure" activitie...
Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child
by Anthony Esolen (Mar 04, 2013)
Goodreads Rating
Esolen shows how imagination is snuffed out at practically every turn, and then he confronts contemporary trends in parenting and schooling by reclaiming lost traditions. This practical, insightful book is essential reading for any parent....
A Mathematician's Lament
How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form
by Paul Lockhart (Apr 01, 2009)
Goodreads Rating
“One of the best critiques of current mathematics education I have ever seen.”—Keith Devlin, math columnist on NPR’s Morning EditionA brilliant research mathematician who has devoted his career to teaching kids reveals math to be creative and beautiful and rejects standard anxiety-producing teaching methods. Witty and accessible, Paul Lockhart’s co...
"Multiplication Is for White People"
Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children
by Lisa Delpit (Mar 05, 2013)
Goodreads Rating
As MacArthur award-winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds us—and as all research shows—there is no achievement gap at birth. In her long-awaited second book, Delpit presents a striking picture of the elements of contemporary public education that conspire against the prospects for poor children of color, creating a persistent gap in achievement durin...
Most Likely to Succeed
Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era
by Tony Wagner (Aug 16, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
From two leading experts in education and entrepreneurship, an urgent call for the radical re-imagining of American education so that we better equip students for the realities of the twenty-first century economy.Today more than ever, we prize academic achievement, pressuring our children to get into the “right” colleges, have the highest GPAs, and...
The Absorbent Mind
A Classic in Education and Child Development for Educators and Parents
by Maria Montessori (Oct 15, 1995)
Goodreads Rating
In response to the crisis in American education, more than five thousand public and private schools across the nation have adopted the timeless Montessori Method of teaching, of which this book is the cornerstone. Written by the women whose name is synonymous worldwide with child development theory, The Absorbent Mind takes its title from the phras...
The Skin That We Speak
Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom
by Lisa Delpit (May 01, 2008)
Goodreads Rating
The author of Other People's Children joins with other experts to examine the relationship between language and power in the classroom. The Skin That We Speak takes the discussion of language in the classroom beyond the highly charged war of idioms and presents today's teachers with a thoughtful exploration of the varieties of English that we speak...
Norms and Nobility
A Treatise on Education
by David V. Hicks (Sep 30, 1999)
Goodreads Rating
A reissue of a classic text, Norms and Nobility is a provocative reappraisal of classical education that offers a workable program for contemporary school reform. David Hicks contends that the classical tradition promotes a spirit of inquiry that is concerned with the development of style and conscience, which makes it an effective and meaningful f...
For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too
Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education (Race, Education, and Democracy)
by Christopher Emdin (Jan 03, 2017)
Goodreads Rating
Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, a prominent scholar offers a new approach to teaching and learning for every stakeholder in urban education.Drawing on his own experience of feeling undervalued and invisible in classrooms as a young man of color and merging his experiences with more than a decade of teaching and researching...
Teaching with Love & Logic
Taking Control of the Classroom
by Jim Fay (Dec 31, 1994)
Goodreads Rating
"Love and Logic" is a method of working with students which was developed by educational expert Jim Fay, and child psychiatrist Foster W.Cline, M.D. The "Love and Logic" tecniques: Put teachers back in control of the classroomResult in students who are internalized in their discipline rather than dependent upon external controlsRaise the level of s...
The Schools Our Children Deserve
Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards"
by Alfie Kohn (Sep 05, 2000)
Goodreads Rating
In this “lively, provocative and well-researched book” (Theodore Sizer), Alfie Kohn builds a powerful argument against the “back to basics” philosophy of teaching and simplistic demands to “raise the bar.” Drawing on stories from real classrooms and extensive research, Kohn shows parents, educators, and others interested in the debate how schools c...
Earth in Mind
On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
by David W. Orr (Jul 29, 2004)
Goodreads Rating
In Earth in Mind, noted environmental educator David W. Orr focuses not on problems in education, but on the problem of education. Much of what has gone wrong with the world, he argues, is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that: alienates us from life in the name of human domination; causes students to worry about how to make a liv...
The Adjunct Underclass
How America’s Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission
by Herb Childress (Apr 22, 2019)
Goodreads Rating
Class ends. Students pack up and head back to their dorms. The professor, meanwhile, goes to her car . . . to catch a little sleep, and then eat a cheeseburger in her lap before driving across the city to a different university to teach another, wholly different class. All for a paycheck that, once prep and grading are factored in, barely reaches m...
Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be
An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania
by Frank Bruni (Mar 08, 2016)
Goodreads Rating
Read award-winning journalist Frank Bruni's New York Times bestseller: an inspiring manifesto about everything wrong with today's frenzied college admissions process and how to make the most of your college years. Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by ...
Recommended by
Walter Kimbrough
The Core
Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
by Leigh A. Bortins (Jun 08, 2010)
Goodreads Rating
In the past, correct spelling, the multiplication tables, the names of the state capitals and the American presidents were basics that all children were taught in school. Today, many children graduate without this essential knowledge. Most curricula today follow a haphazard sampling of topics with a focus on political correctness instead of teachin...
How Learning Works
Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
by Susan A. Ambrose (May 16, 2010)
Goodreads Rating
Praise for How Learning Works "How Learning Works is the perfect title for this excellent book. Drawing upon new research in psychology, education, and cognitive science, the authors have demystified a complex topic into clear explanations of seven powerful learning principles. Full of great ideas and practical suggestions, all based on solid resea...
The Teacher Wars
A History of America's Most Embattled Profession
by Dana Goldstein (Aug 04, 2015)
Goodreads Rating
In her groundbreaking history of 175 years of American education, Dana Goldstein finds answers in the past to the controversies that plague our public schools today.Teaching is a wildly contentious profession in America, one attacked and admired in equal measure. In The Teacher Wars, a rich, lively, and unprecedented history of public school teachi...
The Dreamkeepers
Successful Teachers of African American Children
by Gloria Ladson-Billings (Jan 28, 1994)
Goodreads Rating
Education, like electricity, needs a conduit, a teacher, through which to transmit its power-- i.e., the discovery and continuity of information, knowledge, wisdom, experience, and culture. Through the stories and experiences of eight successful teacher-transmitters, The Dreamkeepers keeps hope alive for educating young African Americans. --ReverAn...
Teach Your Own
The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling
by John Holt (Apr 01, 2003)
Goodreads Rating
The classic and indispensable work on teaching children at home, fully updated for today's new laws, new lifestyles, and the growing new generation of homeschooling parentsToday more than one and a half million children are being taught at home by their own parents. In this expanded edition of the book that helped launch the whole movement, Pat Far...
Instead of Education
Ways to Help People do Things Better
by John Holt (Oct 01, 2003)
Goodreads Rating
John Holt is credited with launching today's huge and still growing homeschooling movement. This book is his most direct and radical challenge to the educational status quo and a clarion to call parents to save their children from schools of all kinds. Holt advocates self-directed learning and a creative life....
Playful Learning
Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder
by Mariah Bruehl (Aug 09, 2011)
Goodreads Rating
Children are natural scientists, artists, mathematicians, authors, and scholars. From the time they are born they seek out information about the world around them in an effort to construct meaning and further their development. While children have an inherent drive to make sense of their reality, parents have a unique opportunity to harness their c...
Make Just One Change
Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions
by Dan Rothstein (Aug 31, 2011)
Goodreads Rating
The authors of Make Just One Change argue that formulating one’s own questions is “the single most essential skill for learning”—and one that should be taught to all students. They also argue that it should be taught in the simplest way possible. Drawing on twenty years of experience, the authors present the Question Formulation Technique, a concis...
The Smartest Kids in the World
And How They Got That Way
by Amanda Ripley (Jul 29, 2014)
Goodreads Rating
Through the compelling stories of three American teenagers living abroad and attending the world’s top-notch public high schools, an investigative reporter explains how these systems cultivate the “smartest” kids on the planet.America has long compared its students to top-performing kids of other nations, but how do the world’s education superpower...
The Montessori Method
by Maria Montessori (Mar 25, 2009)
Goodreads Rating
This groundbreaking classic of educational philosophy takes on urgent new necessity today, as "traditional" methods of early-childhood schooling seem to be failing us. Published in Italian in 1909 and first translated into English in 1912, these still-revolutionary theories focus on the individuality of the child and on nurturing her inherent joy o...
The Flat World and Education
How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future (Multicultural Education Series)
by Linda Darling-Hammond (Jan 07, 2010)
Goodreads Rating
As America enters the 21st century, U.S. students continue to slip behind in the worlds rankings in science and math. Yet, at the same time, state prison budgets are increasing nearly three times as fast as budgets for education. In her new book, Linda Darling-Hammond, a chief education advisor to President Barack Obama, a bestselling author, and a...
Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning
An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education (Volume 12)
by Douglas Wilson (Apr 01, 1991)
Goodreads Rating
Public education in America has run into hard times. Even many within the system admit that it is failing. While many factors contribute, Douglas Wilson lays much blame on the idea that education can take place in a moral vacuum. It is not possible for education to be nonreligious, deliberately excluding the basic questions about life. All educatio...
The Death and Life of the Great American School System
How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education
by Diane Ravitch (Nov 01, 2011)
Goodreads Rating
A passionate plea to preserve and renew public education, The Death and Life of the Great American School System is a radical change of heart from one of America’s best-known education experts. Diane Ravitch—former assistant secretary of education and a leader in the drive to create a national curriculum—examines her career in education reform and ...
Teach Like a PIRATE
Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator
by Dave Burgess (Aug 17, 2012)
Goodreads Rating
Based on Dave Burgess's popular "Outrageous Teaching" and "Teach Like a PIRATE" seminars, this book offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator. You'll learn how to: -Tap into and dramatically increase your passion as ...
Slaying Goliath
The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools
by Diane Ravitch (Jan 21, 2020)
Goodreads Rating
From one of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the United States, "whistleblower extraordinaire" (The Wall Street Journal), former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, author of the best-selling Reign of Error ("fearless" --Jonathan Kozol, NYRB)--an impassioned, inspiring look at the ways in which parents, teach...
Recommended by
Andy Hargreaves
Trivium 21c
Preparing Young People for the Future with Lessons From the Past
by Martin Robinson (Sep 16, 2013)
Goodreads Rating
Universities in the Middle Ages focused on three skills to develop the intellectual abilities of students, one - grammar, two - logic, and three - rhetoric. In this well-researched and fascinating work discover how these three tenets are as relevant in education today as they were eight hundred years ago.Martin Robinson has taught for twenty years ...
Recommended by
Mary Myatt