My Educational Reading List

I have to say that this journey I am on right now has been a lot of fun.  I love diving into the world of Education, reading up on different learning philosophies, reflecting on the great stuff I learned in my Masters program at UNH and trying to pinpoint where the Education system went wrong.  I also love envisioning a school that would take all of the great ideas and practices that I am learning and encompass them in one place.  A school that is not designed as a “One Size Fits All” program but one that actually looks at each child.  A school that understands each student’s strengths and challenges, their learning style and helps them grow to be independent learners who can problem solve, think outside the box and grow to be great citizens.  It is fun to DREAM….

Here are just some of the books that I have been reading/read in the last few months and a few others that are in my cue 🙂  If you have any other suggestions, please share!

1.  The Unschooling Unmanual by Jan Hunt and a bunch of others including passages from John Holt

2.  The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch

3.  Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents by Maren Schmidt
4.  The Element, How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Lou Aronica
5.  Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out by Jack Petrash
6.  Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner
7.  A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Douglas Thomas
8.  Weapons of Mass Instruction:  A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling by John Gatto
9.  The Well Trained Mind-A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer
10.  Upgrade, 10 Secrets to the Best Education for your Child by Kevin Swanson
11.  How Children Learn by John Holt  (rereading this one)
12.  Last Child in the Woods, Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

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One response to “My Educational Reading List

  1. Kristen Lang

    Keep dreaming Jessika, because goodness knows the education system needs people like you to help put it back on course. Who knows, maybe this process you are going through for Z and C is really preparing you for a second career!


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