40 Important Books About Education

A Listmania! list by Bruce Deitrick Price (Virginia Beach, Va.)
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The Leipzig Connection (Basics in Education)
1.  The Leipzig Connection (Basics in Education) by Paolo Lionni
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  "Wonderful short book. If you could read only one book about the problems in education, this is it."
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Why Johnny Still Can't Read: A New Look at the Scandal of Our Schools
2.  Why Johnny Still Can't Read: A New Look at the Scandal of Our Schools by Rudolf Franz Flesch
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  "The 1981 book. Great! His first Johnny-can't-read book is more of an historical event, and includes a phonics course. But this book is perhaps a better read for modern parents trying to defend their kids against the dumb things going on in schools."
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And Madly Teach: A Layman Looks at Public School Education
3.  And Madly Teach: A Layman Looks at Public School Education by Mortimer SMITH
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  "Excellent small book. All the nonsense in the public schools explained in 1949! Start here to understand the decline and fall of American education."
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The Victims of Dick and Jane
4.  The Victims of Dick and Jane by Samuel L. Blumenfeld
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  "Want to know why the Education Establishment is so dangerous? These eighteen excellent essays tell all. Highly recommended."
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Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education
5.  Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education by Roger Kimball
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  "How liberal academics undermine the humanities."
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Toward Soviet America: The book the communists tried to destroy!
6.  Toward Soviet America: The book the communists tried to destroy! by William Z. Foster
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  "Spectacular and terrifying look at USA circa 1932. Foster ran for President on the Communist ticket. He planned to turn the USA into a Russian province."
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Great Reading Disaster: Reclaiming Our Educational Birthright
7.  Great Reading Disaster: Reclaiming Our Educational Birthright by Mona McNee
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  "About events in England but a very helpful book if you want to understand why we have 50,000,000 functional illiterates in USA. Mona McNee is one of my ed gods."
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Why Johnny Can't Read: And What You Can Do about It
8.  Why Johnny Can't Read: And What You Can Do about It by Rudolf Franz Flesch
The list author says:
  "A classic and still relevant. I say it's one of the most important non-fiction books of the 20th century. Flesch took on the entire Educational Establishment. They still haven't forgiven him."
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Bending the Twig: the revolution in education and its effect on our children
9.  Bending the Twig: the revolution in education and its effect on our children by Augustin G. RUDD
The list author says:
  "A brilliant expose of so-called progressive education. For a scholarly chronicle of what our lunatic educators were up to, this is hard to beat."
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Ed School Follies: The Miseducation of America's Teachers
10.  Ed School Follies: The Miseducation of America's Teachers by Rita Kramer
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  "A look inside our ed schools. Excellent reporting. Depressing information."
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Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can't Read, Write, or Add
11.  Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can't Read, Write, or Add by Charles J. Sykes
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  "Must-read if you want to understand the problems in our schools."
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Quackery in the Public Schools
12.  Quackery in the Public Schools by Albert Lynd
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  "The first version came out in 1950 and was probably quite a shock for the collectivists who had gotten control of the public schools. A fine book. Some editions are quite cheap."
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NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education
13.  NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education by Samuel L. Blumenfeld
The list author says:
  "Published 1984. Still informative. And totally scary. Why do we have a left-wing union in charge of American education??"
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Reading Without Nonsense
14.  Reading Without Nonsense by Frank Smith
The list author says:
  "Vastly influential, unfortunately. Almost impossible to understand, like his other book mentioned below. The fun here is to read my put-down review along with reviews that think Smith is the world's foremost expert on reading."
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Commies: A Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left
15.  Commies: A Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left by Ronald Radosh
The list author says:
  "Wonderful way to study American history circa 1950s to 1980s. If you're vague about what Commies are and why they are so dangerous, please take a closer look at this book."
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The "new" math for teachers and parents of elementary school children
16.  The "new" math for teachers and parents of elementary school children by Charles M Barker
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  "If you are perplexed by Reform Math, please see this review. Modern Math (mentioned in 1928), New Math (ca. 1964) and Reform Math (circa 1990 to now) have a common motif of making sure kids can't do arithmetic. (Also Google "36: The Assault on Math.")"
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Witness
17.  Witness by Whittaker Chambers
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  "Famous book. A great way to study American history in the 1920s to 1950s. (Witness is fundamentally about the subversives stalking the shadows. Personally, I'm satisfied that it was these forces from the far left that would do so much to degrade American education.)"
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New Illiterates and How You Can Keep Your Child from Becoming One
18.  New Illiterates and How You Can Keep Your Child from Becoming One by Samuel L. Blumenfeld
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  "Trust Blumenfeld. He is the country's foremost authority on reading, I'd say."
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On Reading
19.  On Reading by Kenneth S. Goodman
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  "A look at reading from the other side. Goodman devised many of the sophistries that kept Whole Word in play."
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The Art of Teaching
20.  The Art of Teaching by Gilbert Highet
The list author says:
  "Highet was a great teacher, when schools were still very serious. He said teachers have to be masters of their subjects--a fundamental requirement our elite educators don't like."
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The Conspiracy of Ignorance: The Failure of American Public Schools
21.  The Conspiracy of Ignorance: The Failure of American Public Schools by Martin L. Gross
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  "Excellent. About a decade old but still gives the info you need to know today."
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Intellectuals
22.  Intellectuals by Paul Johnson
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  "A wonderful way to understand all those bad boys on the Left."
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Understanding Reading: A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning to Read
23.  Understanding Reading: A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning to Read by Frank Smith
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  "A major sinister influence in ed schools. Almost impossible to understand. The fun here is to read my put-down review along side reviews that think Smith is the Einstein of reading."
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War Against Schools: Academic Child Abuse
24.  War Against Schools: Academic Child Abuse by Siegfried Engelmann
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  "I'm a big fan of Engelmann and his ideas. He wants to make teaching more efficient. Everyone in education should read this book."
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The Cult of Common Core: Obama's Final Solution for Your Child's Mind and Our Country's Exceptionalism
25.  The Cult of Common Core: Obama's Final Solution for Your Child's Mind and Our Country's Exceptionalism by Brad McQueen
The list author says:
  "A short, complete, very helpful exposé of Common Core. 100 pages tell you all the bad news. The good news is that this social- engineering experiment is collapsing and should be put out of its misery. ( My review was added May 8.)"
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Reflections on the Failure of Socialism
26.  Reflections on the Failure of Socialism by Max Eastman
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  "A very important book by a man who was a total Communist and then saw his mistakes."
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Storm in the Mountains: A Case Study of Censorship, Conflict, and Consciousness
27.  Storm in the Mountains: A Case Study of Censorship, Conflict, and Consciousness by James Moffett
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  "A serious, historical look at a famous censorship saga. My main interest was that the author pushes Whole Language and denounces phonics. Review has some scary quotes."
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Retreat from learning;: Why teachers can't teach, a case history
28.  Retreat from learning;: Why teachers can't teach, a case history by Joan Dunn
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  "Smart, sensitive, by a teacher in a Brooklyn public school circa 1953. Written to explain the evils of progressive education."
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The Harsh Truth About Public Schools
29.  The Harsh Truth About Public Schools by Bruce N. Shortt
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  "Christians will love it. Even if you're not a Christian or not religious, read this book to understand the failure of the public schools."
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Brainwashing in the high schools;: An examination of eleven American history textbooks
30.  Brainwashing in the high schools;: An examination of eleven American history textbooks by Edward Merrill Root
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  "Written to explain why the Communists were able to turn so many soldiers in the Korean  War. Duh! They wrote our history books. (Note: several editions listed on Amazon; one has review.)"
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John Saxon's Story, a genius of common sense in math education
31.  John Saxon's Story, a genius of common sense in math education by Nakonia Hayes
The list author says:
  "John Saxon is one of this country's great educators. Anyone who teaches in school should know about Saxon's life and thought. (Hint: he created Saxon Math, among many other curricula.)"
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EDUCATIONAL WASTELANDS: The Retreat from Learning in Our Public Schools
32.  EDUCATIONAL WASTELANDS: The Retreat from Learning in Our Public Schools by Arthur Eugene Bestor
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  "Bestor waged a great battle against the educators circa 1955. He wanted to drive them out of the public schools. An early warning of how far American education had fallen."
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The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism
33.  The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism by Bertrand Russell
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  "A short book (or pamphlet), but written in the heat of the Communist victory in Russia ca. 1920. Russell liked Socialism but had big doubts about Bolshevism."
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Reading: chaos and cure
34.  Reading: chaos and cure by Sibyl Terman
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  "Excellent. Came 3 years after "Why Johnny Can't Read," provides historical perspective on Flesch, phonics, reading reform, and the triumph of our intellectual terrorists."
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Critical Thinking
35.  Critical Thinking by Richard Parker
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  "Critical thinking is one of those over-hyped things that people need to look at real critically. Bah humbug. (My review is of paperback version.)"
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1000 Instant Words: The Most Common Words for Teaching Reading, Writing and Spelling
36.  1000 Instant Words: The Most Common Words for Teaching Reading, Writing and Spelling by Edward Fry
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  "See my long review for a discussion of why Sight Words don't work."
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On Bullshit
37.  On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
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  "Interesting book for many reasons but it has so many reviews you probably wouldn't find mine. Instead, please Google my article/review "22: On Bullsh-t and Sophistry," a good introduction to sophistry, which is a common denominator in almost all silly education policies."
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The Ancient Engineers
38.  The Ancient Engineers by L. Sprague de Camp
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  "A wonderful book about early technology. For all historians and technophiles. My review also detects educational dimensions."
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So Little for the Mind
39.  So Little for the Mind by H Neatby
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  "Outstanding early indictment of the ideological extremists who sabotaged public education. (Set in Canada, whose collapse ran in tandem with ours.)"
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The Education Enigma: What Happened To American Education
40.  The Education Enigma: What Happened To American Education by Bruce Deitrick Price
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  "A book by the 'list author.'---"To study American education is to be confronted by what I call 'the education enigma.' I've written 200+ articles trying to explain the mysteries of an educational system that never seems committed to education. Here I've assembled the best parts from these essays. QED: the public schools were systematically dumbed down; they can be systematically smartened up."
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