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.
14 books on the list
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"Success Academy" is a network of controversial charter schools in New York City that allows low-income families of color to provide their children with an education that matches that of the wealthy. In "How the Other Half Learns," teacher and education journalist Robert Pondiscio explores the moral and political implications of public education and school choice. He questions the trade-off between equity and excellence and raises the uncomfortable question of whether providing an excellent education to some means acknowledging that it cannot be provided to all.
@head_teach @rpondiscio It's a wonderful book... – source
Unravel the misunderstood complexities of Black English with this insightful book. Linguistics expert John McWhorter provides a clear explanation of the form, structure, and development of Black English, while delving into the cultural, educational, and political issues that have undermined its recognition. Explore the rich history of this transformative dialect that has become a dynamic force in modern youth culture worldwide.
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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Explore five districts that have successfully broken the correlation between race, poverty, and achievement in Districts That Succeed. Author Karin Chenoweth leverages new, cutting-edge national research on district performance and in-depth reporting to highlight leadership, processes, and systems that have led to the districts’ success. Chenoweth emphasizes that helping more students achieve is not a matter of adopting a program or practice but rather creating a district-wide culture. Chenoweth's research reveals the essential role of districts in closing achievement gaps, and her book provides important lessons for district leaders and policy makers alike.
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
A hilarious and eye-opening collection of essays chronicling the experiences of a math teacher in two schools. With titles like "Math Talk" and "Stalin's Hemorrhoids," these verite-style essays reveal the absurdities and nonsense of teaching math, and encourage teachers to do what's best for their students, not just what administrators want to hear. Highly recommended for anyone interested in education.
The book also has the merit of being funny, and short. – source
This thought-provoking book challenges dangerous ideas about racial superiority and argues for a more just society. Through personal stories and cutting-edge genetics research, the author shows how DNA impacts our health, education, and economic success - and why we must acknowledge the role of genetic luck to create true equality. This groundbreaking work offers a bold new vision where everyone thrives, regardless of their genetic makeup.
"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
Explore the truths behind income inequality in America with Wealth, Poverty, and Politics. Thomas Sowell, a leading conservative intellectual, argues against the dangerous confusion perpetuated by pundits and economists who focus on the distribution of wealth rather than its production. With accurate data, Sowell refutes the sensational theories of those on the left and exposes the misguided argument for the welfare state. Discover the reality of the most explosive political issue of our time.
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
This illuminating book delves into the fascinating science behind our brains’ exceptional learning abilities and how machines are designed to imitate them. Stanislas Dehaene combines computer science, neurobiology, and cognitive psychology to explain the biological foundations that underlie our ability to learn new information. From schools to everyday life and at any age, this book explores how we can make the most of our brains’ learning algorithms.
"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
Discover a new way of thinking about poverty in this bold and thought-provoking book. The author challenges conventional explanations and policies, providing insight into the link between consumption and satisfaction. Through science, history, philosophy, and common observations, the reader gains a deeper understanding of what keeps people poor. This fresh perspective has the power to inspire a renewed campaign against poverty.
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
Uncover the profound difference between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and how they shape our experience of the world. Drawing on recent research and case studies, this book explores how the left hemisphere is detail-oriented and self-interested, while the right hemisphere is flexible and generous. From the evolution of language and music to the history of philosophy and mental illness, the author takes us on a journey through Western culture to demonstrate the tension between these two worlds. A thought-provoking read that sheds new light on the modern world and its potential consequences.
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
How I Wish I'd Taught Maths by Craig Barton
The Learning Rainforest by Tom Sherrington
Blueprint by Robert Plomin
The Case against Education by Bryan Caplan
Memorable Teaching by Peps McCrea