Book Reviews

Interview with David Horowitz about his new book, "Reforming Our Universities"

Sunday, Nov, 28 at 8:11 pm,

John K. Wilson – I (JKW) interviewed David Horowitz (DH) via email about his new book, "Reforming Our Universities" for the Fall 2010 issue of Illinois Academe. Below is the full, unedited text. In the comment section, I will post my response to what Horowitz said, and invite him to respond.

An Interview with Laurie H. Rogers: Betrayed

Thursday, Nov, 18 at 11:45 pm,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – My book discusses the Square of Effective Learning – a square of four factors that bear directly on learning. The Square includes effective teachers, rigorous and efficient curriculum, focused learning environment, and prepared student.

Book Review: Shelter: Where Harvard Meets the Homeless

Sunday, Nov, 14 at 10:57 pm,

Reviewed by : Michael F. Shaughnessy – Scott Seider has written an immensely interesting book about a difficult topic in America, nameless “ the homeless”. I put “the homeless” in parentheses because as one learns from Scott’s book- these are real people, with real problems, with real backgrounds and histories.

Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea

Friday, Nov, 12 at 12:01 am,

Neoconservatism is one of the most influential ideological paradigms in the modern age. Incredibly, this is the first thorough critique of this position, from the perspective of the party of freedom.

Book Review: Amazing People of London

Thursday, Nov, 04 at 11:10 am,

Reviewed by : Michael F. Shaughnessy – I have just read a somewhat amazing book-It is from the Amazing People Club and apparently, there are a number of amazing books that have been penned by Dr. Charles Margerison.

On Finding Obama Where No One Thought to Look

Tuesday, Nov, 02 at 10:37 am,

A new book highlights the complacency of researchers who failed to follow a paper trail, writes Peter Wood. Stanley Kurtz’s new book, Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, is an important work of scholarship—possibly the most important one on President Obama yet written.

An Interview with Renee Mosiman and Mike Mosiman: The Smarter Preschooler

Wednesday, Oct, 27 at 10:50 am,

10.27.10 – Michael F. Shaughnessy – Researchers agree that play is critical for a child's development and learning. For example, pretend play not only fosters a child's creativity but also helps develop abstract thinking because a youngster must use his or her imagination to create a scene or an object that is not there.

The State of Liberalism

Tuesday, Oct, 26 at 11:55 am,

10.26.10 – [Walter Mondale] admits that “liberalism is still on trial.” Especially when it comes to education. It’s encouraging that even a paleo¬liberal like Mondale now believes that “we should weed out teachers who are unsuited to the profession” and that teachers’ union rules “must have flexibility.” There’s a great struggle under way today within the Democratic Party between Obama and the reformers on one side and, on the other, hidebound adult interest groups (especially the National Education Association) that have until recently dominated the party.

An Interview with Frank Martin: For Love of Liberty

Monday, Oct, 18 at 8:16 pm,

10.19.10 – For Love of Liberty tells the story of African American servicemen and women from the Revolution to today and sheds light on an overlooked part of our nation’s history.

Saxon of Saxon Math

Monday, Oct, 04 at 12:19 pm,

10.4.10 – Bruce Ramsey – In the fight over school math textbooks, the champion of straightforward, no-airy-fairy math is the Saxon curriculum. Unlike most math texts, the classic Saxon books were not written a committee, but by one man, John Saxon, a test pilot and teacher at the U.S. Air Force Academy. An associate said of Saxon that he was a man “cursed with clarity.” Also bluntness. He said things like, “The idea that children can be taught from books that are unintelligible to adults is absurd.”

An Interview with Rose Sheedy and Nancy Crist : About “Hopping Frogs”

Friday, Oct, 01 at 10:59 am,

10.1.10 – Michael F. Shaughnessy – As public school speech language pathologists, the school budgets for buying ready-made materials were often very minimal. Also several times materials were ordered that just weren’t as effective as hoped for, so they were returned. It was the old axiom

Book Review: Don’t Forget Frances

Wednesday, Sep, 29 at 11:07 am,

9.29.10 – Michael F. Shaughnessy – In this age of No Child Left Behind, teachers sometimes forget the most important things. Jeff Gray has written a book entitled “Don’t Forget Frances”. I am not going to talk about Frances, because there are many girls named Frances and there are probably many boys named Francis. We should not forget either of these children.

Reauthorization of the ESEA Demands Less Rhetoric, More Understanding of Research

Wednesday, Sep, 29 at 10:07 am,

9.29.10 – BOULDER, CO (September 29, 2010) – As Congress and the Obama administration prepare to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), high-quality research is not informing the process. In May, the U.S. Department of Education released six research summaries in support of its “Blueprint for Reform” –

An Interview with Sarah Michaels: About Pirate Talk

Saturday, Sep, 25 at 2:09 pm,

9.27.10 – Michael F. Shaughnessy – This is the part of the game that gets the kids talking and stretching their minds. They are asked to think beyond the pictured scene and pull from their own experiences to categorize, infer information, describe a situation, or relate the scenario in the social realm.

A Practical and Profound Look at Testing and Assessment

Thursday, Sep, 16 at 7:31 pm,

9.17.10 – Reviewed by Kenneth J. Bernstein – This is a book by one of America’s acknowledged experts on assessment: now emeritus from UCLA, Popham has been a leading figure in research (having served as President of the American Educational Research Association), in publication (of his many books and articles,

A Not-So-Bold Plan

Thursday, Sep, 16 at 11:12 am,

9.16.10 – Is higher education at that proverbial tipping point where large scale change is imminent? If the number of recent books on that topic is any indication, look out below. As Peter Sacks stated in opening his recent essay at Minding the Campus, “College bashing is very much in vogue.”

With Mike Rose, We Should All Be Asking – Why School?

Tuesday, Sep, 14 at 9:34 pm,

9.15.10 – Reviewed by Kenneth Bernstein – Before going on, let me provide some specifics. Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us is published by The New Press, which is based in New York City, and which was established two decades ago as a not-for-profit alternative to large publishing houses. The publishing house

The State of the Art of Math Education: Let's Move On

Thursday, Sep, 09 at 11:01 am,

9.9.10 – Barry Garelick – I recently took a math teaching methods class in education school–a remarkable class for its embrace of every educational fad I detest. One book we had to read in the class was "Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design" by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Jay McTighe.

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