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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Which five books on educational reform should I read?

Which five books on educational reform should I read?

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There are likely many great books about educational reform. Which five are the most informative, relevant, and likely to make a difference? Which one should I read first?

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Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Try reading The retreat from race: Asian-American admissions and racial politics by Dana Y. Takagi. It's one of my favorites. Any books you've found interesting so far?

Dhabs's picture
Dhabs
High School social studies teacher from Vancouver, WA

Great book and should be required for all teachers to help understand the reasons for the push for testing, teacher accountability, and charter schools.

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Brad Tiegs
8th Grade Social Studies from Garland, Texas

I liked the book by Dan Willingham's, Why Don't Students Like School? It has ideas that schools could implement and are backed by research. Plus it has great section on how to improve your teaching and for administrators to foster better educators.

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Doug Bergman
Head of Computer Science at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, SC

This book brings some very interesting observations to the surface! Why do kids play games for hours and hours, yet we cannot get them to study for their history test for one hour? What is it about games that keeps them so engaged, eager, and hungry for more, even when they fail at the game? Wouldn't it be interesting if we could find out and BRING THAT INTO THE CLASSROOM. Well, Jane has written an incredible book that addresses that head on. If you a teacher who wants to consider a different way forward in eduction...RUN....don't walk to the bookstore to get this book.

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