Dear friends and colleagues,
I regularly like to promote some favorite books of mine here.
This time let me introduce you to a few of quite a lot of interesting books that have been published lately about schooling and a few that I just recently read but were published some time ago.
Two are close to home and include a chapter by me!
Teaching in Themes, edited by Deborah Meier, Matthew Knoester and Katherine Clunis D’Andrea
The Teacher You Want To Be, edited by Ellin Keene and Matt Glover.
Public School Choice vs Private School Vouchers, edited by Richard Kahlenberg was published in 2003 but it’s definitely worth reading as we move toward voucherization.
Fearless Teaching, by Stuart Grauer. Accounts of very different approaches to schooling and teaching. You know, for sure, that he’s a teacher by what and how he put this book together.
We Don’t Need Another Hero, by Gregory Michie. Exactly my point. Chapter 13 is entitled, “Race to the Top of What? “ Maybe democracy?
You might follow it up with an oldie (2007), Democratic Schools edited by Michael Apple and James Beane—which includes an essay by me and Paul Schwarz.
Schooling Beyond Measure, by Alfie Kohn is a new and precious collection of his current topic I enjoy thinking about.
Taking Back Childhood, by Nancy Carlsson-Paige has been reissued. It first came out in 2008 and remains a classic—especially designed for parents.
Teaching Kindergarten by Julie Diamond, Betsy Grob and Fretta Reitzes, A collection of essays by folks who know what they are talking about, including a Mission Hill teacher (Kathy Clunis DAndrea) and a forward by Vivian Paley and Prologue by Ruth Charney.
While you’re at it read Kinderarten by Julie Diamond about a year of learning—for both Julie and her students.
Making Space for Active Learning: the art and practice of teaching edited by Anne Martin and Ellen Schwartz with a foreword by Helen Featherstone. Those names should be enough to catch your attention and each essay is by a teacher I know and admire.
Sketches in Democracy by Lisa DeLorenzo. He is a music teacher and this book is a treasure; about the role of music in our school lives—or what it can be.
Squandering America’s Future, by Susan Ochsborn is a telling story about the historic changes in the way we view children and how it’s hurting us today.
ENOUGH! I’ll get back to this because I have a bunch of other books on the chair besides me that I want everyone to read.