Food and Nutrition
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Trees and Forests
Books on Learning and Deschooling
"Wendy said that, even today, when an Aboriginal mother notices
the first stirring of speech in her child, she lets it handle the 'things'
of that particular country: leaves, fruit, insects and so forth. The
child at its mother's breast, will toy with the 'thing', talk to it,
test its teeth on it, learn its name, repeat its name—and finally
chuck it aside.
'We give our children guns and computer games,' Wendy said. 'They
gave their children the land.' " — from The
Songlines by Bruce Chatwin.
Society by Ivan Illich
Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher's Intimate Investigation Into
the Problem of Modern Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
The Geography of Childhood by Gary Paul Nabhan and Stephen
Trimble, Beacon Press, 1995, Paperback, $16.00
- The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost
- Jean Liedloff, Addison Wesley, 1986, Paperback, 172 pages, $16.50
Attributes the mental, emotional
and physical vitality of the Yequana of the Amazon jungle to their child rearing practices.
- Deschooling Society
- Illich, Ivan, Marion Boyars Publishers, 1999, Paperback, $12.95
Ivan Illich was one of the most visionary political and social thinkers
of the twentieth century. Deschooling Society is his most radical
and profound book.
- Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling
- by John Taylor Gatto, 2008
- Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Education
- Gatto, John Taylor, New Society Publishers, 2005, Hardcover, $23.95
Concludes that compulsory government schooling does little but teach
young people to follow orders like cogs in a machine. New hardcover
edition celebrates 100,000 copies in print. The author, John Gatto was
a teacher in New York City's public schools for over 30 years and is
a recipient of the New York State Teacher of the Year award.
- Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
- David W. Orr, Island Press, Paperback, 2004. 224pp., $19.95
10th anniversary edition. Much of what has gone wrong with the world,
Orr argues, is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that
alienates us from life in the name of human domination; causes students
to worry about how to make a living before they know who they are; overemphasizes
success and careers; separates feeling from intellect and the practical
from the theoretical and deadens the sense of wonder for the created
- The Ecology of Imagination in Childhood
- Edith Cobb, Introduction by Margaret Mead, Spring Publications,
2004, Paperback, $20.00
Is genius shaped by the imagination of childhood? Cobb's collection
of autobiographies and biographies of creative people, as well as her
observations of children's play, suggests so. She sees the child to
be innately connected with the natural world. Inner powers alone do
not further the imagination. Her book is an important philosophical
meditation on the importance of children's deep experience of nature
to their adult cognition and psychological well-being.
- Education as a Force for Social Change
- Steiner, Rudolf, Steiner Books, 1997, Paperback, $16.95
- Education: Assumptions Versus History: Collected Papers
- Sowell, Thomas, Hoover Institution Press, 1986, Paperback, $12.95
- The Exhausted School: Bending the Bars of Traditional Education
- Gatto, John Taylor, Berkeley Hills Books, 2002, Paperback, $15.00
These 13 essays illustrate how education reform actually works. Written
by award-winning teachers and their students, these essays present successful
- Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense
- Guterson, David, Harvest Books, 1993, Paperback, $14.00
In an honest, perceptive discussion of children and education by the
bestselling author of "Snow Falling on Cedars", Guterson answers questions
about homeschooling but also reflects on broader issues, such as family
life, individual fulfillment, and community.
- Four Arguments for the Elimination
- Mander, Jerry, Perennial, 1978, Paperback, $13.95
"The case against TV has never been made more effectively. It should
be read by all addicts and anyone contemplating participationin the
desertification of the mind to which TV leads."--Ashley Montagu. "Remarkable,
terrifying. . . Mander's arguments completely undercut the usual debates
and raise issues nobody can avoid . . . Mander could turn out to be
the David who slew the unbeatable media Goliath."--Ernest Callenbach
- The Geography of Childhood
- Nabhan, Gary Paul, and Trimble, Stephen, Beacon Press, 1995, Paperback,
Two naturalists ask what may happen now that so many more children are
denied exposure to wildness than at any other time in human history.
- Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education with or
- Llewellyn, Grace and Silver, Amy, John Wiley & Sons, 2001, Paperback,
- How Children Fail
- Holt, John Caldwell, Perseus Publishing, 1995, Paperback, $15.95
Since its first publication in 1964, this book has helped two generations
of parents and teachers understand what actually happens in the classroom.
Holt's astute observation of children, his clear simple style, and his
lifelong conviction that we can do better by our children make How
Children Fail an enduring classic.
- How Children Learn
- Holt, John Caldwell, Perseus Publishing, 1995, Paperback, $16.00
"Children do not need to be made to learn", Holt maintains, because
each is born with what Einstein called "the holy curiosity of inquiry".
For them, learning is as natural as breathing. First published in 1967.
- "I Won't Learn from You": And Other Thoughts on Creative Maladjustment
- Kohl, Herbert R, New Press, 1995, Paperback, $14.95
- Inside American Education: The Decline, the Deception, the Dogmas
- Sowell, Thomas, Free Press, 1992, Hardcover, $32.00
- Learning All the Time
- Holt, John Caldwell, Addison Wesley Publishing Company, 1990, Paperback,
John Holt, in this his last book, clearly demonstrates how children
begin to read, write, count, and investigate the world without being
taught. Learning cannot be coerced, he maintains; indeed, it is "as
natural as breathing". "A capstone to his ten books on education".--
New York Times Book Review.
- Let Them Eat Data: How Computers Affect Education, Cultural Diversity,
and the Prospects of Ecological Sustainability
- Bowers, C A, University of Georgia Press, 2000, Paperback, $18.95
- Life-Enriching Education: Nonviolent Communication Helps Schools Improve
Performance, Reduce Conflict, and Enhance Relationships
- Rosenberg, Marshall B, PuddleDancer Press, 2003, Paperback, $12.95
Provides a new approach to education that serves the lives of everyone
in the learning community. By implementing the communication skills
outlined, educators can promote cooperation and understanding and address
many of the complex problems faced in the classroom. Teachers are given
strategies for cultivating emotional intelligence, respect, authenticity,
and empathy and are empowered to resolve conflict and prevent or defuse
- Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas
- Papert, Seymour A, Sculley, John (Designed by), Basic Books, 1999,
The bible of thousands of teachers who have sought creative ways to
use computers in schools, this book tells the story of the invention
of LOGO, the first child-friendly computer programming language.
- A Modern Art of Education
- Steiner, Rudolf, Steiner Books, 2003, Paperback, $20.00
Based ona series of lectures given in 1924, Steiner provides one of
the most comprehensive introductions to his pedagogical philosophy,
psychology, and practice. Describes the union of science, art, religion
and morality, which underlies his concept of education. Discusses how
different subjects should be presented so that individuals can grow
and flourish inwardly.
- Never Too Late: My Musical Life Story
- Holt, John Caldwell, Addison Wesley Publishing Company, 1991, Paperback,
- No More Prisons: Urban Life, Homeschooling, Hip-Hop Leadership, the
Cool Rich Kids Movement, a Hitchhiker's Guide to Community Organizing
- Wimsatt, William Upski, Subway & Elevator Press, 1999, Paperback,
F ollow-up to the underground best-seller Bomb the Suburbs.
- Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans,
As, Praise, and Other Bribes
- Kohn, Alfie, Mariner Books, 1999, Paperback, $15.00
Attacks the strategy of dangling incentives in front of people to affect
- Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
- Kozol, Jonathan, HarperPerennial, 1992, Paperback, $14.00
National Book Award-winning author Jonathan Kozol presents his shocking
account of the American educational system in this New York Times bestseller.
- Soul Economy: Body, Soul, and Spirit in Waldorf Education
- Steiner, Rudolf, Steiner Books, 2003, Paperback, $25.00
Today's schools fill children's heads with information instead of helping
them develop their natural human faculties and capacities. They place
too much stress on memory, leading to inner exhaustion instead of real
learning for a healthy, fulfilling life. Steiner shows how Waldorf education
emphasizes the efficient use of children's inner energies, a method
he calls "soul economy,."
- The Spiritual Ground of Education
- Steiner, Rudolf, Steiner Books, 2003, Paperback, $20.00
Given during a conference on spiritual values in education and life,
Steiner's Oxford lectures present the principles of Waldorf education.
The Manchester Guardian reported: "Steiner's lectures...brought
to us in a very vivid way an ideal of humanity in education. He spoke
to us about teachers who, freely and unitedly, unrestricted by external
prescription, develop their educational methods exclusively out of a
thorough knowledge of human nature."
- Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood
- Neill, A S, and Neill, Alexander S, Griffin, 1995, Paperback, $13.95
Originally published in 1960, Summerhill became an instant
bestseller. This expanded and revised edition explains the revolutionary
"free school" founded by A.S. Neill.
- Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling
- Holt, John, Perseus Publishing, 2003, Paperback, $18.95
Conveys Holt's wise and passionate belief in every child's ability to
learn from the world.
- Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Pre-School Years
- Hainstock, Elizabeth G, and Havis, Lee, Plume Books, 1997, Paperback,
Author Elizabeth G. Hainstock is recognized as one of the most influential
proponents of the Montessori method, . This edition includes a new Introduction
by Lee Havis, Executive Director of the International Montessori Society
and updated appendixes on materials, services, and extra reading. Illustrated.
- Teaching the Commons: Place, Pride, and the Renewal of Local Schooling
- Theobald, Paul, Westview Press, 1997, Paperback, $29.95
Calls for restoring community and instilling a sense of belonging for
ourselves and especially for our children. Chronicles how historical
developments such as the advent of a consumer culture have undermined
the forging of community and bolstered our culture's infatuation with
- Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom
- Hooks, Bell, Routledge, 1994, Paperback, $22.95
Widely admired as a leading black intellectual, Hooks is also an inspired
teacher. Here, she offers her ideas about teaching that fundamentally
rethink democratic participation. These essays face squarely the problems
of today's classrooms, including racism and sexism. Hooks sees the gift
of freedom--the freedom to think critically--as a teacher's most important
- 36 Children
- Kohl, Herbert R, Plume Books, 1988, Paperback, $14.00
- Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out
- Petrash, Jack, Foreword by Gatto, John Taylor, Gryphon House, 2002,
Written by a teacher with more than 25 years of experience, this book
offers a jargon-free view of Waldorf schools with their philosophy of
the importance of a three-dimensional education. Through learning experiences
that involve all of the senses, children use a variety of intelligences
to develop thought, feeling, and intentional, purposeful activity.
- The Unprocessed Child: Living Without School
- Fitzenreiter, Valerie, Unbounded Publications, 2003, Paperback,
- The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child's
- Griffith, Mary, Three Rivers Press, 1998, Paperback, $16.95
- What Is Waldorf Education?
- Steiner, Rudolf, Steiner Books, 2003, Paperback, $12.00
Three lectures by Rudolf Steiner on Waldorf education with a thought-provoking
introduction by a Waldorf teacher and longtime student of Steiner's