Books for Educators and Parents

Updated  May 26, 2016 |
Books for Educators and Parents
These titles have been recommended by other educators. Add these to your vacation reading. Enjoy.
These titles are books which private school teachers and administrators have shared with each other on various lists and groups. One or two are quick reads. Most are pretty meaty. They all deserve a place in your collection. Parents need to read many of these books in order to understand what really goes on in the classroom.
  • Adios, Barbie: Young Women Write About Body Image and Identity (Live Girls)
    By Ophira Edut (Editor), Rebecca Walker ISBN: 1580050166 "In more than 20 candid and humorous essays, a diverse group of women explore how they have chosen to ignore, subvert, or redefine the standard of beauty. These women break down modern culture's feminine ideal and reinvent it for themselves."
  • After Long Silence
    By Helen Fremont. ISBN: 0385333706 "In her mid-30s Helen Fremont discovered that, although she had been raised in the Midwest as a Catholic, she was in fact the daughter of Polish Jews whose families had been exterminated in the Holocaust."
  • The Age of American Unreason
    By Susan Jacoby ISBN: 9780375423741 "A scathing, witty indictment of American modern-day culture examines the current disdain for logic and evidence fostered by the mass media, religious fundamentalism, poor public education, a lack of fair-minded intellectuals, and a lazy, credulous public, condemning our addiction to infotainment, from TV to the Web, and assessing its repercussions for the country as a whole."
  • A Separate Peaceby John Knowles ISBN: 0743253973 "At a New England boarding school during World War II, a group of boys discover the depths of human nature among themselves, and the evil that even the most innocent is capable of."
  • Blueprint for a Green School (Scholastic Leadership Policy Research)By Jayni Chase ISBN: 9780590498302 "After reading this book, you'll never look at schools in quite the same way again. This hefty tome probes every corner of the assess its potential for pollution. The picture is pretty scary....Thankfully, the 'Blueprint' is also loaded with alternatives and actions one can take to alleviate the noxious threats."
  • Bone Black: Memories of Girlhoodby Bell Hooks ISBN: 0805055126 "Feminist scholar Bell Hooks (Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism) has long raised uncomfortable questions about race, gender, and class."
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!by Lynne Truss ISBN: 0399244913 "Who cares about the difference between "its" and "it's" or "whose" and "who's"? To the shock of everyone--including the author--apparently a lot of people do: Lynne Truss's lively look at the perils of punctuation took the UK by storm."
  • ENDANGERED MINDS: Why Children Dont Think And What We Can Do About Itby Jane M. Healy ISBN: 067174920X "Dr. Healy examines the decline in schools and offers concrete advice for improving our students' endangered minds. A fascinating assessment which argues that children in today's fast-paced electronic world use their brains differently than did children in past generations."
  • Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savannaby Joseph Lemasolai-Lekuton and Herman Viola ISBN: 0792251253 "Lekuton grew up in Kenya's poorest tribe, herding cows and playing in trees and hyena holes before he entered a missionary boarding school and went to college in the U.S. Now he teaches in Virginia, but he has never lost his Maasai roots, and he returns home to help his people several months a year."
  • The Family Heart: A Memoir of When Our Son Came Outby Robb Forman Dew ISBN: 0345394089 "Novelist Dew's clean, elegant prose traces the denial, disbelief, grief, and rage at the inequities of society she and her liberal, educated husband, Charles, experienced when their elder son told them he was gay."
  • Field Guide to the American Teenager: A Parent's Companionby Joseph Di Prisco et al. ISBN: 0738205192 "Seasoned educators Riera and Di Prisco cover many of the heavy-hitting topics that teens face, including drinking and driving, sexual issues, eating disorders, decision-making, violence and drugs."
  • Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspaceby Janet Horowitz Murray. ISBN: 0262631873 "Technology changes storytelling--movies don't tell stories in the same manner as wandering bards. Janet H. Murray, director of the Laboratory for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at MIT, is fascinated with the changes emerging technologies may bring."
  • The Headmaster: Frank L. Boyden of Deerfieldby Johnny McPhee ISBN 0374514968 "Starting in 1902 at a country school that had an enrollment of fourteen, Frank Boyden built an academy that has long since taken its place on a level with Andover and Exeter. Boyden, who died in 1972, was the school's headmaster for sixty-six years. John McPhee portrays a remarkable man 'at the near end of a skein of magnanimous despots who…created enduring schools through their own individual energies, maintained them under their own absolute rule, and left them forever imprinted with their own personalities.'"
  • How the Mind Worksby Steven Pinker ISBN: 0393318486 "Wonderful survey of modern brain science, brilliant and readable."
  • I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jrby Michael Eric Dyson. ISBN: 068483037X "Provocative preacher-teacher Michael Eric Dyson, known for his hip-hop-style delivery and encyclopedic intellectual powers, heroically tries to update and examine the true legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. for a glib Generation-X world."
  • In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Developmentby Carol Gilligan ISBN: 0674445449 "Carol Gilligan believes that psychology has persistently and systematically misunderstood women. Repeatedly, developmental theories have been built on observations of men's lives. Here, Gilligan attempts to correct psychology's misperceptions and refocus its view of female personality. The result reshapes our understanding of human experience."
  • In the Deep Heart's Coreby Michael Johnston ISBN: 080211721X "In the Deep Heart's Core is the story of one young man's experience in the TFA program -- and the story of how a new generation is reaching out to give hope to the students society has forgotten."
  • Kinship: A Family's Journey in Africa and Americaby Philippe E. Wamba ISBN: 0452278929 "Wamba, born of an African father and a North American mother, offers a fascinating look at the cultural differences and similarities between Africans and Americans of African descent."
  • The Kindergarten Wars: The Battle to Get into America's Best Private SchoolsBy Alan Eisenstock ISBN: 9780446577748 "An eye-opening look inside the private school application process offers expert advice from teachers, educational consultants, admissions directors, school heads, and tutors to reveal who gets into a private school and why, whether or not the right kindergarten helps a child get into the right college, and more."
  • Looking Ahead: Independent School Issues and AnswersBy Patrick Bassett & Louis M. Crosier ISBN: 1890765104 "From the fundamentals of hiring faculty to the adept management of complex social issues – gender bias in math class, meeting the needs of gay and lesbian students, discipline – Bassett and Crosier’s book stimulates important discussion by profiling model programs and suggesting paths toward improvement."
  • Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academiaby Emily Toth ISBN: 9780812215663 "In question-and-answer form, Ms. Mentor advises academic women about issues they daren't discuss openly, such as: How does one really clamber onto the tenure track when the job market is so nasty, brutish, and small? Is there such a thing as the perfectly marketable dissertation topic? Ms. Mentor's readers will find answers to the secret queries they were afraid to ask anyone else."
  • Old Dogs and Children: A Novelby Robert Inman ISBN: 0316419141 "Bright Birdsong, widow and mother of prominent politicians, relives the challenges and choices, frustrations and joys, of small-town life in the South. A masterpiece of old-fashioned storytelling that vividly evokes one woman's remarkable life and her struggle to make peace with the past."
  • Paper Daughter: A Memoirby M. Elaine Mar ISBN: 0060930527 "Mar grew up in two different worlds--that of her strict Chinese parents and the unfamiliar and strange American culture at school. Whereas Elaine's childhood was spent adjusting to a foreign culture, her parents had faced hunger and poverty in China."
  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boysby Daniel J. Kindlon, Michael Thompson ISBN: 0345424573 "Two of the country's leading child psychologists, share what they have learned in more than thirty-five years of combined experience working with boys and their families."
  • School of Dreams: Making the Grade at a Top American High Schoolby Edward Humes. ISBN: 0156030071 "The pressure to succeed in our nation's most competitive public high schools is often crushing. Striving to understand this insular world, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes spent a year at California's Whitney High, a school so renowned that parents move across town-and across the world-hoping to enroll their children."
  • The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and Whiteby Shirlee Taylor Haizlip. ISBN: 0671899333 "A provocative memoir that goes to the heart of our American identity as Haizlip (owner of a public-relations firm), while searching for her mother's family--blacks who passed for whites- -confronts the deeply intertwined but often suppressed tensions between race and skin color."
  • This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil WarISBN: 9780375404047 Critically acclaimed book by the president of Harvard University, Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust. "The author of Mothers of Invention assesses the devastating impact of the enormous carnage of the Civil War on every aspect of American life from a material, political, intellectual, cultural, social, and spiritual perspective, from the logistical challenges of burying the battlefield dead to the evolution of a federal system of national cemeteries."
  • To Know as We Are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journeyby Parker J. Palmer ISBN: 0060664517 "This primer on authentic education explores how mind and heart can work together in the learning process. Moving beyond the bankruptcy of our current model of education, Palmer finds the soul of education in a lifelong cultivation of the wisdom each of us possesses and can share to benefit others."
  • Understanding by Designby Grant Wiggins, Jay McTighe ISBN: 0871203138 "This book is excellent reading for teachers, school administrators, and school district managers who are truly interested and concerned with student achievement."

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