Books on Education and Schools


January 1, 2024

370. Books on Education

Further Reading

Jonathan Kozol Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools, 1991.

Educator and activist Jonathan Kozol exposed the outrageous differences in the quality of education provided in the public schools of America’s poor, Black, and ethnic communities. Unfortunately, many of the issues Kozol pointed out in 1991 are worse today.

Ray Marshall Thinking for a Living: Education and the Wealth of Nations, 1992.

Looking forward to the 21st century, Ray Marshall points out that the American education system was designed to create industrial workers. But times had changed, and he argued that schools also needed change. Marshall advocated that society, from families to businesses, should actively educate the young.

Vanessa Siddle Walker The Lost Education of Horace Tate: Uncovering the Hidden Heroes Who Fought for Justice in Schools, 2018.

Horace Tate was a champion for school desegregation. As a former Georgia school teacher, administrator, and state senator, Dr. Tate worked behind the scenes with numerous famous people, including presidents, to push for educational equality and justice. Vanessa Siddle Walker interviewed Tate late in his life and had access to his archive after his death.

371 Schools & Their Activities; Special Education

Dave Cullen Parkland: Birth of a Movement, 2019.

Dave Cullen has covered mass school shootings in America, beginning with his book Columbine. In Parkland: Birth of a Movement, he covers the students at Parkland High School who fought the NRA and Congressional Leaders starting the March for Our Lives Movement.

Katrina Fried American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom, 2013.

Katrina Fried spent two years traveling around the U.S. interviewing teachers from all grade levels in both public and charter schools. Despite being underpaid and underappreciated, the fifty portraits she offers are of teachers who prepare the nation’s children for further schooling and life. These inspiring stories show teachers’ efforts in the face of budget cuts, increasing class sizes, and institutional problems.

Kimberly A. Henry How Do I Teach This Kid?: Visual Work Tasks for Beginning Learners on the Autism Spectrum, 2005.

Kimberly A. Henry provides hands-on activities that teachers and parents can provide for very young children on the Autism Spectrum. She includes data sheets to track progress and activities that promote independent accomplishments.

Steve Mariotti with Debra Devi Goodbye Homeboy: How My Students Drove Me Crazy and Inspired a Movement, 2019.

In this astounding story, teacher and entrepreneur Steve Mariotti describes how he decided to teach in New York City’s inner-city schools after being mugged by a gang of teenagers. He had little success getting through to them until he discovered that tying lessons to making money gave him wild success. Many of these poverty-laden students had not previously connected school to success in life. Mariotti describes how he struggled for the right to teach them just that.

Kate Maupin Cheating, Dishonesty, and Manipulation: Why Bright Kids Do It, 2014.

Gifted education teacher Kate Maupin, a past “bright cheater,” examines why more than 80 percent of bright students confessed to cheating on academic tests and assignments. Maupin examines why this happens and what parents and teachers can do to correct it.

Alais Winton The Self-Help Guide for Teens with Dyslexia: Useful Stuff You May Not Learn at School, 2015.

Students with dyslexia are just as intelligent as students without it. In this guide for students aged 11 to 18, Alais Winton writes from her experience tackling its challenges. She also uses research and techniques to provide simple methods for helping them become more effective and organized students.

Timothy D. Kanold HEART!: Fully Forming Your Professional Life as a Teacher and Leader, 2017.

If you are a teacher who needs a boost of inspiration, Timothy D. Kanold will give you what you need to have a fulfilling teaching career, help your students, and work effectively with your colleagues.

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