Lexile measure 700; Ages 12 and up
Book level: 3.7; Ages: 6-10; Biography
Lexile measure 890; Ages 10-15
""in this genial and challenging overview of endless debates over school reform, Rick Hess shows that even bitter opponents in debates about how to improve schools agree much more than they realize--and that much of it must change radically."
Lexile Measure 790; ages 12-16; book level 4.9; historical fiction
"The Sandbox Investment masterfully weaves together economic, political, social, and personal histories to reveal how the preschool movement has had such success. It's an invaluable primer for anyone concerned about social reform."
-- Deborah Stipek, Dean, School of Education, Stanford University
"In this penetrating and revealing look at high-stakes standardized admissions tests, Joseph Soares demonstrates the far-reaching and mostly negative impact of the tests on American life and calls for nothing less than a national policy change."
Lexile measure 730; ages 10-15; book level 4.6
"This is a passionate defense of 'Scholarship as a Calling' like the inspiring lecture of that name by Max Weber. But, of course, Fish is irrepressibly livelier than Max Weber." -- E. D. Hirsch
"(In Saving Alma Mater) James C. Garland draws on more than thirty years of experience as a professor, administrator, and university president to argue that a new compact between state government and public universities is needed to make these schools more affordable and financially secure. Saving Alma Mater challenges a change-resistant culture in academia that places too low a premium on efficiency and productivity."
"In Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning, Paul Peterson traces the story of the rise, decline, and potential resurrection of American public schools through the lives and ideas of six mission-driven reformers: Horace Mann, John Dewey, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Shanker, William Bennett, and James Coleman. Many of these reformers sought to customize education to the needs of each child. But in ways that were never anticipated, reform efforts centralized power in the hands of those who controlled institutions remote from the concerns of families and local communities -- large school districts, states, courts, collective bargaining agreements, and, eventually, the federal government. Virtual education, on the other hand, can reverse that trend and invigorate learning in America in unprecedented ways "