15 must-read books about K-12 education in the US

Confused by the rhetoric? Here are 15 books to help you understand public education in the US today.

By , Monitor contributor

5. 'Educational Courage: Resisting the Ambush of Public Education,' edited by Nancy Schniedewind and Mara Sapon-Shevin

"Educational Courage" is a book of personal essays by experts, parents, educators, activists, and others affected by education reform. It places many of the assumptions that underlie American education policy (i.e., “Education is failing, and the teachers are to blame”) in critical perspective. The essays tell some of the human stories that have emerged from education reform, from that of a third-grader so stressed by high-stakes testing that she wound up in a psychiatric unit, to a teacher who left Teach for America to advocate for public schools.

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