Category Archives: Book Reviews

Reviews of Books that I’ve read.

How Children Succeed

The third book on my spring 2013 reading plan, How Children Succeed by Paul Tough. I added it right after its release in September 2012, because I had read a NYT Magazine article that discussed character and KIPP, the subject … Continue reading

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Work Hard, Be Nice

The second book on my spring 2013 reading plan, Work Hard, Be Nice, is a biography of the founding of KIPP, Knowledge is Power Program. KIPP is one of the most successful charter school programs, earning an Economist piece. KIPP … Continue reading

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Relentless Pursuit

Unlike the fall 2012 reading list, Perspectives from the Edge, my spring 2013 reading list concentrates on two groups I find generally positive: Teach For America and Knowledge is Power Program. I think they practice social justice. As those two … Continue reading

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Teach Like a Champion

The fourth book on my fall 2012 reading list was Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov. Since I work in an industry where a football game warmup, contest, and post game counts as only three hours, I figure I’m … Continue reading

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Ideology and Curriculum

The second book on my fall 2012 reading plan was Ideology and Curriculum by Michael Apple. I read the Third Edition, which includes two post-9/11 chapters. Dr. Apple is a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where one … Continue reading

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

The third book on my fall 2012 reading plan, Perspectives on the Edge, was Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Amy Chua. Yes, my perceptive frequent readers will notice that I haven’t written about the second book. Ideology and Curriculum … Continue reading

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Pedagogy of the Oppressed

The first book on my fall 2012 reading plan, Perspectives on the Edge, was Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire. This book appears on the reading lists of many American education programs, as detailed by Steiner and Rozen in … Continue reading

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Greg Mortenson and Attack Media

Sometimes procrastination is a good thing. (This advice doesn’t apply to statistics assignments, though.) I had finished reading the two books about Mr. Mortenson, Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, back in January. I was inspired by what … Continue reading

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Sex, Terrorism, and Economic Man: Superfreakonomics

Since I’m not working on a dissertation this summer, I’m reading books again. The first of several reviews is on SuperFreakonomics, the sequel to the widely popular book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Sure, the first book had that … Continue reading

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Severing the Soul? The Last Christian

In Chicago, before my talk on the first 2 chapters of my dissertation, I was going to spend Saturday afternoon wandering the maze at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, between stays for the Hyatt and American Airlines promotion. It’s amazing … Continue reading

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