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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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Wealth, Poverty and Politics
Thomas Sowell - Sep 06, 2016 (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
Jul 14, 2021
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 - Jan 28, 2020 (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
Apr 03, 2020
"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 - Jul 21, 2009 (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
Dec 12, 2019
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 - Mar 25, 2019 (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
Jan 18, 2019
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 - Jan 08, 2018
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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
Jan 18, 2019
@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 - Jul 02, 2019 (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
Sep 30, 2018
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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Michael Mauboussin
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The Case against Education
Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money
Bryan Caplan - Aug 20, 2019
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Despite being immensely popular--and immensely lucrative—education is grossly overrated. In this explosive book, Bryan Caplan argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students' skill but to certify their intelligence, work ethic, and conformity—in other words, to signal the qualities of a good employee. Learn why students hun...
Dylan Wiliam
Jun 15, 2018
"The Case Against Education" by @bryan_caplan ( goes straight to the top of my list of studies that I trust but wish were not true. I think it is the most important book on education I have ever read.      source
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The Learning Rainforest
Great Teaching In Real Classroom
Tom Sherrington - Oct 23, 2017
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The Learning Rainforest is an attempt to capture various different elements of our understanding and experience of teaching. Aimed at teachers of all kinds, busy people working in complex environments with little time to spare, it is a celebration of great teaching - the joy of it and the intellectual and personal rewards that teaching brings.The c...
Dylan Wiliam
Apr 30, 2018
The Learning Rainforest by @teacherhead is an extraordinarily good book (and I'm not just saying that because he says nice things about me). It covers a huge range of important issues in teaching in depth. Impressive, and highly recommended:      source
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Memorable Teaching
Leveraging memory to build deep and durable learning in the classroom (High Impact Teaching)
Peps McCrea - Apr 09, 2017
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"If you have a spare half-hour or so, you could read Memorable Teaching from cover to cover. I doubt you'll find an education book with more useful insights per minute of reading time." - Dylan Wiliam - Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment, UCLThis book is for any educator who's interested in understanding how learning works, and how to opt...
Dylan Wiliam
Dec 12, 2017
If you have a spare half-hour or so, you could read @pepsmccrea's Memorable Teaching from cover to cover. I doubt you'll find an education book with more useful insights per minute of reading time:      source