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The Saber-Tooth Curriculum, Classic Edition
The Saber-Tooth Curriculum, Classic Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 0071422889

The 65th-anniversary edition of an educational classic proves its relevance in examining today's educational quandaries

McGraw-Hill first published The Saber- Tooth Curriculum in 1939, and it has remained a classic bestseller to this date. The book is just as relevant and applicable to the key questions in education today as it was when it was first published.

With tongue firmly in cheek, Peddiwell takes on the contradictions and confusion generated by conflicting philosophies of education, outlining the patterns and progression of education itself, from its origins at the dawn of time to its culmination in a ritualistic, deeply entrenched social institution with rigidly prescribed norms and procedures.

This fascinating exploration is developed within a fanciful framework of fictional lectures, given by Professor J. Abner Peddiwell, doyen in the History of Education at Petaluma State College. In a humorous fable, Peddiwell illustrates the progress of education and give valuable insights into how it could continue to develop in the decades to come.

We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews
We Owe You Nothing
Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews
Paperback      ISBN: 1888451149

Cultural Writing. Includes interviews with Jello Biafra, Black Flag, Noam Chomsky, and Steve Albini, among others. PUNK PLANET is indespensible reading for anyone and everyone who is at all interested in vital music that has yet to be co-opted, commodified, or covered to death in the mainstream press. Passionate music writing for the right reasons -- Jim DeRogatis, Chicago Sun-Times/ author of Let it Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs. In principle, the idea doesn't seem that outrageous: Why not create a magazine about music and politics that doesn't have its hands tied behind its back from the start, freed from the shallowness and trend mandates of official media, the insularity and disciplinary bifurcations of academia, and the ideological blinkers that held back Maximum Rock n Roll? Simple, right? So try thinking of anyone but PUNK PLANET who's pulled it off -- Eric Weisbard, Village Voice.

The Idea of a Christian College
The Idea of a Christian College
Paperback      ISBN: 0802802583

This revised edition of a classic text provides a concise case for the role of the Christian college and its distinctive mission and contribution. Holmes has extensively revised several chapters and included two new chapters: Liberal Arts as Career Preparation and The Marks of an Educated Person.

Living When a Loved One Has Died: Revised Edition
Living When a Loved One Has Died
Revised Edition
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0807027197

When someone you love dies, Earl Grollman writes, there is no way to predict how you will feel. The reactions of grief are not like recipes, with given ingredients, and certain results. . . . Grief is universal. At the same time it is extremely personal. Heal in your own way.

If someone you know is grieving, Living When a Loved One Has Died can help. Earl Grollman explains what emotions to expect when mourning, what pitfalls to avoid, and how to work through feelings of loss. Suitable for pocket or bedside, this gentle book guides the lonely and suffering as they move through the many facets of grief, begin to heal, and slowly build new lives.
Essential 55: An Award-Winning Teacher's Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child
Essential 55
An Award-Winning Teacher's Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child
Paperback      ISBN: 0786888164

Now in paperback, Ron Clark's New York Times bestseller that's changing America one child at a time The runaway bestseller that's a must-have for every parent and teacher. How many authors would travel coast to coast on a bus to get their book into as many hands as possible? Not many. But that's just what Ron Clark, author of The Essential 55, did to keep his book and message in the public eye. And it worked. After his Oprah appearance, sales skyrocketed: we've sold more than 850,000 copies in six months The book sat tenaciously on the New York Times bestseller list for 11 weeks. Ron Clark was featured on the Today show, and in the Chicago Tribune, Good Housekeeping, and the New York Daily News--not to mention the calls we've received from teachers and parents who want to get their hands on Ron's guidelines for teaching children. Now in paperback, The Essential 55 will be the perfect book for parents and teachers to slip into their own backpacks, to read on the train or at lunch, and to highlight the sections that resonate for them. And with an author who is truly a partner in getting his message to the masses, we just can't lose.

The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and
The Schools Our Children Deserve
Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards"
Paperback      ISBN: 0618083456

In this "lively, provocative and well-researched book" (Theodore Sizer), AlÞe Kohn builds a powerful argument against the "back to basics" philosophy of teaching and simplistic demands to "raise the bar." Drawing on stories from real classrooms and extensive research, Kohn shows parents, educators, and others interested in the debate how schools can help students explore ideas rather than filling them with forgettable facts and preparing them for standardized tests. Here at last is a book that challenges the two dominant forces in American education: an aggressive nostalgia for traditional teaching ("If it was bad enough for me, it's bad enough for my kids") and a heavy-handed push for Tougher Standards.

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
The Courage to Teach
Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0787910589

"This book is for teachers who have good days and bad -- and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life."
- Parker J. Palmer from the Introduction]

Teachers choose their vocation for reasons of the heart, because they care deeply about their students and about their subject. But the demands of teaching cause too many educators to lose heart. Is it possible to take heart in teaching once more so that we can continue to do what good teachers always do -- give heart to our students?

In The Courage to Teach, Parker Palmer takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with their vocation and their students -- and recovering their passion for one of the most difficult and important of human endeavors.



I Choose to Stay: A Black Teacher Refuses to Desert the Inner City
I Choose to Stay
A Black Teacher Refuses to Desert the Inner City
Paperback      ISBN: 0758201877

The challenges of working in an urban school are not for every teacher. Some get burnt out fast. Some lose sight of why they started teaching in the first place. Some find their calling in other neighborhoods...with other kids. But not Salome Thomas-El. A Teacher at Roberts Vaux Middle School in Philadelphia's inner city, he chose to stay. Gripping, poignant, and homest, this is his blistering real-life tale of mentoring and making a difference--and how the reformation of America's educational system can start with just one school.

Praise for I Choose To Stay

An intensely moving story of loyalty and courage and a deeply pewrsonal tribute to the great potential of our inner-city kids, so frequently dismissed and denigrated by American society. The redemptive power of a teacher's love shines through these pages with prophetic grace. I am grateful to the author for the lesson of essential decency he teaches us --Jonathan Kozol

This book is about courage. It is a story about determination, about compassion, love and the ultimate fight. This is the fight against the odds, against the 'system' and years of cultural, social and economic factors that would have allowed this group of inner-city kids to become nothing more than a set of statistics. But Salome Thomas-El would not let that happen. He would not give up. He saw the potential in them and he fought for them. he used a board game as a weapon in this figth. --From the forward by Arnold Schwarzenegger

A powerful story about what an inspirational teacher can do to open new horizons for economically disadvantaged young people --William H. Gray, III, President, United Negro College Fund

This book shows how one dedicated educator who believes in th potential of all our kids can make a huge difference and how, under teh proper circumstances, urban education can work. --Edward G. Rendell, former mayor of Philadelphia, Chairman of the Democratic National Convention

An eloquent example of how commitment and innovation can better the lives of inner-city children. --Kirkus Reviews
Zero Tolerance: Resisting the Drive for Punishment in Our Schools
Zero Tolerance
Resisting the Drive for Punishment in Our Schools
Paperback      ISBN: 1565846664

"Zero tolerance" began as a prohibition against guns, but it has quickly expanded into a frenzy of punishment and tougher disciplinary measures in American schools. Ironically, as this timely collection makes clear, recent research indicates that as schools adopt more zero tolerance policies they in fact become less safe, in part because the first casualties of these measures are the central, critical relationships between teacher and student and between school and community.

Zero Tolerance assembles prominent educators and intellectuals, including the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Michelle Fine, and Patricia Williams, along with teachers, students, and community activists, to show that the vast majority of students expelled from schools under new disciplinary measures are sent home for nonviolent violations; that the rush to judge and punish disproportionately affects black and Latino children; and that the new disciplinary ethos is eroding constitutional protections of privacy, free speech, and due process. Sure to become the focus of controversy, Zero Tolerance presents a passionate, multifaceted argument against the militarization of our schools.


A Life in School: What the Teacher Learned
A Life in School
What the Teacher Learned
Paperback      ISBN: 0201327996

Here one of our leading literary scholars looks back on her own life in the classroom, and discovers how much of what she learned there needs to be unlearned. Jane Tompkins' memoir shows how her education shaped her in the mold of a high achiever who could read five languages but had little knowledge of herself. As she slowly awakens to the needs of her body, heart, and spirit, she discards the conventions of classroom teaching and learns what her students' lives are like. A painful and exhilarating story of spiritual awakening, Tompkins' book critiques our educational system while also paying tribute to it.