Education Next online poll - Vote now
Education Next is doing an online poll on which are the three best education-related books of the decade: http://educationnext.org/ed-next-poll-top-books-of-the-decade. Among the 41 choices, I voted for: 1) Joe Williams, Cheating Our Kids: How Politics and Greed Ruin Education; 2) Jay Mathews. Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America; and 3) Jay P. Greene. Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Believe About Our Schools--And Why It Isn't So.
Honorable mentions go to Abigail Thernstrom. No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning; Chester E. Finn Jr. Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform since Sputnik; David Whitman. Sweating the Small Stuff; E. D. Hirsch. The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children; and Paul Tough. Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America.
A bunch of nitwits (there's that word again! ;-) have obviously been voting, as Ravitch's latest book is by far the #1 choice so far, listed in the top 3 by 21.1% of voters, with LDH and Deborah Meier's books coming in at #3 and #5. Egads! Please take 30 seconds and vote!