I’ve been a voracious reader throughout my life, and I was determined to not let this habit die during my time as a teacher. While the thought of reading “for fun” may seem like a chore, (or, let’s admit it, a nearly impossible task when thinking about your ever-growing to do list) engaging in education literature can present an opportunity to reflect, learn more about the world outside your classroom, and provide some laughs as well.
Summer is just around the corner, and as you set about your vacation plans, be sure to pack one of these books as well:
If you’re the literary type: Teacher Man: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt is probably better known for his best-selling book on the Irish immigrant experience, but Teacher Man details the joyful and tearful moments from his thirty-year career as a teacher at NYC’s Stuyvesant High School. While it has been decades since McCourt taught, his vivid and self-deprecating stories of managing rowdy teenagers and confronting school administrators will resonate deeply with teachers of all stripes.
If you’re a historian: Left Back by Diane Ravitch
For those of you who wonder about the roots and foundations of our contemporary education reform battles, this book is a must read. In Left Back, Diane Ravitch lays out the history of education in the 20th century and the embattled shifts in policy and practice that has defined our modern system of American public education. No matter your politics, this book serves as critical background for the modern-day debates over “newfangled” ideas such as the Common Core and charter schools for all us working in the education sector.