2007 Policy #04 Education Top Books

Earth Policy #4: Education

A Listmania! list by Robert David STEELE Vivas (Oakton, VA United States)
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The list author says: “There are ten threats, twelve policies, and eight players other than the EU and USA that matter if we are to get a grip on our future. Each of these 30 topics is addressed at www.earth-intelligence.net, and in Amazon discussion groups being created to bring together authors and readers to form a global information sharing network that will be superior to what secret intelligence and secret government bureaucracies can put together. This is how we save Humanity and our Earth–by taking back the power over relevant information and the policies that have here-to-fore been dominated by special interests instead of ourselves, the taxpayers and end-users.”
Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More
1.  Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More by Derek Curtis Bok
The list author says:
“Derke Bok is one of the top educators in the nation.  Google for his “Reinventing Education” piece in Forbes (I did the “Reinventing Intelligence” piece in the same issue of the web version.”
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Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement
2.  Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement by Stephanie Harvey
The list author says:
“I have three boys in school, and they are still being taught rote learning rather than comprehension and learning how to learn.”
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Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (Book & CD-ROM)
3.  Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (Book & CD-ROM) by Robert E. Eaker
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“I really like this, because I am of the view that education should be lifelong, changed to a mix of online and interactive team learning, and include apprenticeships in all the trades through high school, and then in the professionals through college, and then cross-fertilization three month exchange sabaticals thereafter.”
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The Human Side of School Change: Reform, Resistance, and the Real-Life Problems of Innovation
4.  The Human Side of School Change: Reform, Resistance, and the Real-Life Problems of Innovation by Robert Evans
The list author says:
“The US education system, and many systems overseas, appear to be in the grip of an educational association mafia that is brain-dead, entrenched like fossil trees, and in need of uprooting by dynamite.  They are killing our society.”
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Teaching As a Subversive Activity
5.  Teaching As a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman
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“In the ideal, teaching should help all students question authority and question the “school solution.””
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The Right to Learn: A Blueprint for Creating Schools that Work
6.  The Right to Learn: A Blueprint for Creating Schools that Work by Linda Darling-Hammond
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“Part of the solution.”
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Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
7.  Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools by Jonathan Kozol
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“Shocking.”
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Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement
8.  Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement by Robert J. Marzano
The list author says:
“The Reference Librarian at Muhlenberg College changed by life for the better by introducing me to advanced research tools such as citation analysis as a Freshman.  This is important.  It’s not about memorization, it’s about knowing who knows (Stefan dediger), about team learning, about sharing not hoarding.”
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Professional Learning Communities at Work: Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement
9.  Professional Learning Communities at Work: Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement by Richard DuFour
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“Worth digesting.”
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The Teaching Gap: Best Ideas from the World's Teachers for Improving Education in the Classroom
10.  The Teaching Gap: Best Ideas from the World’s Teachers for Improving Education in the Classroom by James W. Stigler
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“Worth considering.”
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Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce
11.  Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce by National Center on Education and the Economy
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“Valuable foundation document….but until education is a national standard and not funded out of real estate taxes, most of the country will be suffering.”
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The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric
12.  The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph
The list author says:
“Online teenagers these days do not appreciate the value of a liberal arts education. We need to do better at making thinking and debate and exploration fun.”
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The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think And How Schools Should Teach
13.  The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think And How Schools Should Teach by Howard Gardner
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“Worth integration.”
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The Myth of Laziness
14.  The Myth of Laziness by Mel Levine
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“I agree with this.  My children learn more from their computers than from their rote teachers.”
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Policy Studies for Educational Leaders: An Introduction (2nd Edition)
15.  Policy Studies for Educational Leaders: An Introduction (2nd Edition) by Frances C. Fowler
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“Conventional wisdom.”
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Turning Points 2000: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century
16.  Turning Points 2000: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century by Anthony Jackson
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“Worth integration.”
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National Science Education Standards
17.  National Science Education Standards by National Committee on Science Education Standards and Assessment
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“Valuable.”
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The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards"
18.  The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards” by Alfie Kohn
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“Part of the solution.”
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The Knowledge Deficit
19.  The Knowledge Deficit by E. D. Hirsch
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“One of a chain of books.”
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School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, Second Edition
20.  School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, Second Edition by Brenda L. Thomas
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“I like this because I believe that communities need to treat learning as a 24/7 experience–everyone is a teacher, everyone is a student.”
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An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students
21.  An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students by Ron Berger
The list author says:
“Hard to do with an assembly-line process of rote learning.  Part of the solution.  Team learning would help.”
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American Schools: The 100 Billion Dollar Challenge
22.  American Schools: The 100 Billion Dollar Challenge by William H. Cosby
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“Overview.”
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Why Don't They Learn English?: Separating Fact from Fallacy in the U.S. Language Debate (Language and Literacy Series)
23.  Why Don’t They Learn English?: Separating Fact from Fallacy in the U.S. Language Debate (Language and Literacy Series) by Lucy Tse
The list author says:
“English is the national language.  Immigrants could and should spend a year learning English before being joined into the normal classroom.”
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Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
24.  Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect by David W. Orr
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“Useful appreciation.”
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America's Public Schools: From the Common School to "No Child Left Behind" (The American Moment)
25.  America’s Public Schools: From the Common School to “No Child Left Behind” (The American Moment) by William J. Reese
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“Overview”
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School Reform From The Inside Out: Policy, Practice, And Performance
26.  School Reform From The Inside Out: Policy, Practice, And Performance by Richard F. Elmore
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“Worth integrating.”
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The War Against Hope: How Teachers' Unions Hurt Children, Hinder Teachers, and Endanger Public Education
27.  The War Against Hope: How Teachers’ Unions Hurt Children, Hinder Teachers, and Endanger Public Education by Rod Paige
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“Agree.”
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Transforming Schools: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement
28.  Transforming Schools: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement by Allison Zmuda
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“Agree, extended to lifetime learning and work as learning.”
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