Summer reading

While teachers are going back to work, August is vacation time for policy analysts, says National Journal. The Education Experts’ question of the week: What education-related book are you reading or would you recommend?

I’ve been rereading Mary Renault: The Persian Boy (eunuch’s view of Alexander the Great), The King Must Die (Theseus) and The Bull From the Sea (more Theseus).

Alexander Russo is reading The Corner, about a drug-dealing corner in Baltimore. The writers went on to write the brilliant TV series, The Wire.

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  1. I’ve been reading anything by Dan Pink (Drive, A Whole New Mind), who is a powerful, progressive thinker.

    Also, hundreds of blog posts by amazing educators in my Google reader.

    Thanks for getting us thinking about this important topic.

  2. tim-10-ber says:

    Joanne — I love the books you are reading!!

    I am reading or have read: Diane Ravitch’s books Left Back and The Death and Life of the Great American School System; Linda Darling-Hammond’s The Flat World and Education; The KIPP story by Jay Mathews: Work Hard. Be Nice and Charles Murray’s Real Education. I will start soon Covey’s book: The Leader in Me. Outside of education I read: Reset by Stephen Kinzer author of Overthrow. The to read list is long…

  3. Oh I haven’t thought about Renault’s historical fiction for decades! I really enjoyed them. That might be on my list for the next longish break. And I can recommend to you (less sex, more Britain) Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novels.

    I’ve read

    Linda Perlstein’s Tested — which I recommend. There’s more to raising test scores than better teaching, plus the frustrations and rewards of teaching in a low-SES urban school.

    McGuinness’s Early Reading Instruction.

    Margolis & Brannigan: Reading Disabilities — Beating the Odds

  4. I have read and strongly recommend these:…
    Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom, for the chapter “The Role of Government in Education”,
    Robert Enloe and Lenore Ealy (ed.s), Liberty and Learning: Milton’s Voucher Idea at Fifty,
    John Chubb and Terry Moe, Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools,
    C. Eugene Steuerle, et. al. (ed.s) Vouchers and the Provision of Public Services,
    Myron Lieberman, Privatization and Educational Choice.

    E.G. West’s Education and the State is on my to-do reading list.
    and “Education Without the State”.

  5. Genevieve says:

    I also read Ravitch’s Death and Life of the Great American School System. I was reading Left Back, but I didn’t finish it before it was due back at the library.

    I recently finished the Price of Stones by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri about building a school for AIDS orphans in Uganda. It reminded me how lucky I was to have the access to education in my life. I also read the sequel to Three Cups of Tea, Stones into Schools.

    I also just finished Rafe Esquith’s There are No Shortcuts. Interesting read that is really aimed at young teachers.

  6. Books I actually read this summer? Nothing school related.
    Matt Ridley, __Genome__, Christopher Hitchens, __God is Not Great__, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, __The Caged Virgin__.

    I’m about half-way through Ridley’s __The Agile Gene__.

    One more school-related recommendation:…
    Sheldon Richman, Separating School and State.

  7. The best education related book I read this summer was The Talent Code: Talent Isn’t Born, It’s Grown: Here’s How by Daniel Coyle. Highly recommended!

  8. I’m an English teacher. I read 19 novels, entire collections of poetry, all my literary magazine subs that piled up during the school year. I did do a couple of seminars, both excellent. School’s back in session, though, so no more reading for me… just student essays. Whee.


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