Books on Education

  • Tony Wagner The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators – the first one says that even our best schools are not doing well relative to the world, the second one does case studies of innovative people and suggests that our schools are quashing innovation, loosely quoting: “the problem with our schools is that by age 6, kids learn that the right answer is more important than a good question.”
  • Linda Darling Hammond The Flat World and Education – her ideas about how schools should be structured for the 21st Century.
  • Andrew Rosen talks about the higher ed system. He is CEO of Kaplan and this book defends for profit colleges. Thought provoking.
  • Paul Tough How Children Succeed. Paul also wrote Whatever it takes about Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children’s Zone. The thesis of his new book is that while cognitive abilities are important, people who succeed also have grit, perseverance, passion.
  • Diane Ravitch Death and Life of the Great American School System – She speaks about the failure of No Child Left Behind, against charters,  school choice, and for better teaching.
  • Carol Dweck Mindset– this is less on education so not at the top of the list, but a great way to look at the world.

Early Learning


Edward de Bono Six Thinking Hats — could be used in business or the classroom to make decisions

Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer The True Patriot and The Gardens of Democracy. About patriotism and the need to tend our democracy.

George Lakoff Don’t Think of an Elephant about how conservatives frame their messaging.

Chait, Ryan, and Taylor Governance as Leadership about new roles for nonprofit boards.

Daniel Siegel Mindsight about how you can use your mind and mindfulness to combat depression or to just have a more fulfilling life. Good case studies.

Claude Steele Whistling Vivaldi about how stereotypes affect us. Really fascinating.