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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.

- Kristin RawlsMonitor contributor

3. 'Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us,' by Mike Rose

This a beautifully written work of literary nonfiction that grapples with the idea that public education increasingly sees itself as a business rather than a public good. The author, Mike Rose, draws on over 40 years of teaching experience and research, weaving memoir and policy discussion together in this moving call for a humane approach to education that accounts for the needs of every child.

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