The following is a list of books and articles have been influential in shaping my approach to education. For obvious reasons, it will remain a work in progress.


Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mark Edmundson, Why Read?

Joe Ehrmann, InsideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives

John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

Gerald Graff, Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind

Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

Alfie Kohn, What Does It Mean to Be Well-Educated? And Other Essays on Standards, Grading, and Other Follies

Sara Lawrence Lightfoot, The Good High School: Portraits of Character and Culture

Nel Noddings, Education and Democracy in the 21st Century

Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life

Daniel Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Denise Pope, Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students

Neil Postman, The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School

Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Peter N. Stearns, Peter Seixas, and Sam Wineburg, eds., Knowing, Teaching, and Learning History

Laurence Steinberg, Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence

Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, Understanding by Design

Sam Wineburg, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past


Thomas Andrews and Flannery Burke, “What Does It Mean to Think Historically?” Perspectives (January 2007)

Lendol Calder, “Uncoverage: Toward a Signature Pedagogy for the History Survey,” Journal of American History 92 (March 2006): 1358-1370     [Companion Website]

Carol S. Dweck, “The Perils and Promises of Praise,” Educational Leadership, vol. 65, no. 2 (October 2007): 34-39

Anthony Grafton and James Grossman, “Habits of Mind,” The American Scholar (Winter 2015)

Louis P. Masur, “Live and Learn: Why we have college,” The New Yorker (June 6, 2001): 74-79

Steve Neumann, “Why kids—now more than ever—need to learn philosophy. Yes, philosophy,” Washington Post (February 3, 2016)

Patricia L. Scriffiny, “Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading,” Educational Leadership, vol. 66, no. 2 (October 2008): 70-74

Paul Tough, “What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?” New York Times (September 14, 2011)


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