Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Book Suggestions: Education

It's Friday again, so I'll be recommending three fiction and three nonfiction books that all touch on a theme. This week, the books all deal with issues of education.


Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Most of you are probably familiar with Little Women (and if you aren't you should be!), but not as many people have read Little Men. It continues the story of the March family and the lives of several children who live and learn at Plumfield, the school run by Jo and her husband Professor Behr. (Also wonderful is the third book about the March family, Jo's Boys.

A Separate Peace by John Knowles
An American classic set in a boys' boarding school during World War II. It's an emotional and powerful coming of age story.

This one is short, and meant for young adults, but the themes are timeless and complex. It's the story of a young girl who must teach her classmates secretly if she wants to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher.


This is a small book with huge ideas. Rose questions and reflects on the reasons for educating our children and ourselves. He offers critiques and powerful solutions to the education problems in our country today. It is as poetic as it is political.

Made into a movie starring Hillary Swank, this book chronicles the lives of a young teacher and her troubled students as they use writing transform their lives despite desparate circumstances.

School as a Journey by Torin Finser
This book follows Finser, a long-time Waldorf teacher, through eight years with the same classroom of students.


Aidan Donnelley Rowley @ Ivy League Insecurities said...

Wonderful recommendations. Hope to read a few of these. If only there were more hours in the day!

rebecca @ altared spaces said...

This is my first time to your blog. I feel it's a treat. To find someone ready to tell me about books when one of my 2011 intentions was about reading!! Too cool!

Caitlin said...

Thanks Aidan! I hope you have time to read a few!

Rebecca, thank you so much for your kind words! I hope you come visit often! What books do you like to read?