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Dylan Ap Rhys Wiliam is a British educationalist and Emeritus professor of Educational Assessment at the UCL Institute of Education and lives in Bradford County, Florida.
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Talking Back, Talking Black
Truths About America's Lingua Franca
John McWhorter - 2018-09-11 (first published in 2016)
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It has now been almost fifty years since linguistic experts began studying Black English as a legitimate speech variety, arguing to the public that it is different from Standard English, not a degradation of it. Yet false assumptions and controversies still swirl around what it means to speak and sound black. In his first book devoted solely to the...
Dylan Wiliam
Just read @JohnHMcWhorter's "Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca"—a terrific book: One particularly interesting aspect for me was the parallels between Black (American) English, Scottish and northern English dialects.      source
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Districts That Succeed
Breaking the Correlation Between Race, Poverty, and Achievement
Karin Chenoweth - 2021-05-25
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In Districts That Succeed, long-time education writer Karin Chenoweth turns her attention from effective schools to effective districts. Leveraging new, cutting-edge national research on district performance as well as in-depth reporting, Chenoweth profiles five districts that have successfully broken the correlation between race, poverty, and achi...
Dylan Wiliam
In her latest book, "Districts that succeed" @karinchenoweth points out that improving schools doesn't do much good unless the improvement survives changes in leadership. The case studies are interesting, but what makes the book for me is the final chapter, showing a way forward.      source
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Out on Good Behavior
Teaching math while looking over your shoulder
Barry Garelick - 2021-01-26
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"Tell the administration what they want to hear, then do what is best for your students."That's advice Barry Garelick tries to follow in the process of becoming a fully credentialed teacher which entails being monitored by two mentors.As the Mark Twain of education writing, Garelick presents this collection of essays which chronicle his experiences...
Dylan Wiliam
The book also has the merit of being funny, and short.      source
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The Genetic Lottery
Why DNA Matters for Social Equality
Kathryn Paige Harden - 2021-09-21
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A provocative case for how the science of genetics can help create a more just societyIn recent years, scientists like Kathryn Paige Harden have shown that DNA makes us different in ways that matter for our health, educational success, and economic prosperity. The Genetic Lottery dismantles dangerous ideas about racial superiority and challenges us...
Dylan Wiliam
"The genetic lottery"— @kph3k may be the decade's most important book on education. Courageous—and beautifully written—it explains why anyone really concerned with equity in education must embrace genetics, rather than pretend that genes don't matter.      source
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Wealth, Poverty and Politics
Thomas Sowell - 2016-09-06 (first published in 2015)
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In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in this country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring ...
Dylan Wiliam
I have just finished reading the revised and enlarged edition of @ThomasSowell's "Wealth, poverty and politics." It is quite simply, the best thing I have read in years, with deep insights on just about every page. Anyone who cares about social justice should—in my view—read it.      source
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How We Learn
Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine . . . for Now
Stanislas Dehaene - 2020-01-28 (first published in 2018)
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"There are words that are so familiar they obscure rather than illuminate the thing they mean, and 'learning' is such a word. It seems so ordinary, everyone does it. Actually it's more of a black box, which Dehaene cracks open to reveal the awesome secrets within."--The New York Times Book Review An illuminating dive into the latest science on our ...
Dylan Wiliam
"How we learn" by @StanDehaene is a superb introduction to the neuroscience of learning—I can't remember the last time I highlighted so many passages in a book. Highly recommended:      source
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The Persistence of Poverty
Why the Economics of the Well-Off Can't Help the Poor
Charles H. Karelis - 2009-07-21 (first published in 2007)
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New thinking about poverty is finally here In this important book, one of our boldest and most original thinkers charges that conventional explanations of poverty are mistaken, and that the anti-poverty policies built upon them are doomed to fail. Using science, history, fables, philosophical analysis, and common observation, Charles Karelis engage...
Dylan Wiliam
Don't be put off by the title. Charles Karelis' book "The persistence of poverty" gives a powerful explanation for—among other things—why students don't work harder at school. If you've a few hours, read the book. If not, read @bryan_caplan's summary here:      source
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The Master and His Emissary
The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
Iain McGilchrist - 2019-03-25 (first published in 2009)
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Why is the brain divided? The difference between right & left hemispheres has been puzzled over for centuries. In a book of unprecedented scope, McGilchrist draws on a vast body of recent brain research, illustrated with case histories, to reveal that the difference is profound—not just this or that function, but two whole, coherent, but incompatib...
Dylan Wiliam
Iain McGilchrist's "The master and his emissary" is an important book, but it is dense and long. He has written a useful summary of the main argument here:      source
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How I Wish I'd Taught Maths
Lessons learned from research, conversations with experts, and 12 years of mistakes
Craig Barton - 2018-01-08
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'I genuinely believe I have never taught mathematics better, and my students have never learned more. I just wish I had known all of this twelve years ago...'When you speak to the likes of Dylan Wiliam, Doug Lemov, Daisy Christodoulou, Kris Boulton and the Bjorks, you are bound to learn a thing or two. But when he started his Mr Barton Maths Podcas...
Dylan Wiliam
@mrbartonmaths' book "How I wish I'd taught maths" is, in my view, the most important book written on math teaching in the last 20 years, and it's now available in the US: If you teach math at any level, you need this book.      source
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How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (The MIT Press)
Robert Plomin - 2019-07-02 (first published in 2018)
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A top behavioral geneticist makes the case that DNA inherited from our parents at the moment of conception can predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses.In Blueprint, behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin describes how the DNA revolution has made DNA personal by giving us the power to predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses from b...
Dylan Wiliam
An important book, but sad that The Guardian's headline completely misses the point of Plomin's careful work and casts the discussion in terms of binaries (nature rather than nurture) rather than both, interacting in complex ways...      source
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