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Schools Books: Learn or Die by Edward D. Hess

Learn or Die

Edward D. Hess
Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization
4.1 (50 ratings)

What's Learn or Die about?

Learn or Die (2014) makes a strong case for personal and organizational learning as a survival tool in today’s fast-paced business world. Full of practical tips, the book presents a framework for how individuals and organizations can create an environment that fosters life-long learning.

Who should read Learn or Die?

  • Team leaders, managers, CEOs and entrepreneurs
  • Career-minded employees looking to improve overall skills
  • Managers who want to build a learning organization

Schools Books: A Bigger Prize by Margaret Heffernan

A Bigger Prize

Margaret Heffernan
How We Can Do Better Than the Competition
3.6 (10 ratings)

What's A Bigger Prize about?

A Bigger Prize (2014) explains how competition is holding us back. These blinks demonstrate how our competitive schools, economy and society – believed to produce higher grades, lower prices and better results – are actually stifling collaboration and preventing us from realizing our full potential.

Who should read A Bigger Prize?

  • Professionals who work with colleagues
  • Anyone who is into sports
  • People interested in the downside of competition

Schools Books: Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica

Creative Schools

Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up
4.6 (153 ratings)

What's Creative Schools about?

Creative Schools (2015) is a guide to transforming education. These blinks break down every aspect of education from its history to the essential needs of students. They also illustrate the ways in which all people can help kids get the schooling they need to succeed in a rapidly transforming world.

Who should read Creative Schools?

  • Teachers, students and parents
  • Anyone interested in education
  • Anyone who wants a new way of teaching that truly prepares kids for the big challenges to come

Schools Books: The Importance of Being Little by Erika Christakis

The Importance of Being Little

Erika Christakis
What Preschoolers Really Need From Grown-Ups
4.0 (21 ratings)

What's The Importance of Being Little about?

The Importance of Being LIttle (2016) is all about the powerful and curious minds of children, and the way our current preschool educational standards of testing and standardized worksheets limit their natural skills. These blinks explain why a focus on the personal development of each child is a much better strategy.

Who should read The Importance of Being Little?

  • Parents curious about alternatives to the current American preschool system
  • Anyone interested in early childhood development and education

Schools Books: Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham

Why Don’t Students Like School?

Daniel T. Willingham
A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom
4.4 (127 ratings)

What's Why Don’t Students Like School? about?

Why Don’t Students Like School? (2009) seeks to explain the brain’s most important processes relating to memory, learning and intelligence. A stronger understanding of these mechanisms will enable all educators to train themselves in better teaching methods and result in more engaging and effective educational programs.

Who should read Why Don’t Students Like School??

  • Parents wanting to ensure their children succeed at school
  • Educators and teachers hoping to hone their craft
  • Forgetful people trying to improve their memory recall

Schools Books: Why “A” Students Work for “C” Students and “B” Students Work for the Government by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Why “A” Students Work for “C” Students and “B” Students Work for the Government

Robert T. Kiyosaki
Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Education for Parents
4.3 (374 ratings)

What's Why “A” Students Work for “C” Students and “B” Students Work for the Government about?

Why “A” Students Work For “C” Students And “B” Students Work For The Government (2013) explains how the global financial crisis we face today is really a crisis of education. Schools are failing to provide students with even the most fundamental financial education. It’s up to parents to teach their children about real-world financial responsibility. 

Who should read Why “A” Students Work for “C” Students and “B” Students Work for the Government?

  • Parents who want to give their children the basis for a sound financial education
  • Anyone who has wondered why schools don’t teach students about money
  • Fans of Rich Dad Poor Dad

Schools Books: Better Together by Lydia Dobyns and Tom Vander Ark

Better Together

Lydia Dobyns and Tom Vander Ark
How to Leverage School Networks for Smarter Personalized and Project Based Learning
4.4 (15 ratings)

What's Better Together about?

Better Together (2018) is an examination of how school networks are transforming students’ education experiences across the United States to make them college and career ready. It illuminates how networks provide new learning models, foster ongoing professional development, and facilitate personalized education to help each child reach their full potential.

Who should read Better Together?

  • Educators establishing new schools with nontraditional learning models
  • School leaders wanting to increase student engagement levels and performance
  • District superintendents looking to innovate learning

Schools Books: The Case Against Education by Bryan Caplan

The Case Against Education

Bryan Caplan
Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money
3.8 (179 ratings)

What's The Case Against Education about?

The Case Against Education (2018) takes orthodox opinion about education and turns it on its head. It argues that, far from turning students into skillful and productive workers, education serves primarily to verify employable character traits. Using this insight as its central premise, it goes on to argue that education needs to be substantially reformed.

Who should read The Case Against Education?

  • Public-policy buffs interested in educational reform
  • Teachers and educators willing to engage with shocking ideas
  • Young people wondering if college is for them

Schools Books: Grasp by Sanjay Sarma, Luke Yoquinto


Sanjay Sarma, Luke Yoquinto
The Science Transforming How We Learn
4.1 (179 ratings)

What's Grasp about?

Grasp (2020) covers the development of modern education systems and the ways in which their current forms conflict with recent scientific insights into how the brain works. It describes a variety of experimental techniques being applied to improve education and discusses how they might become more broadly generalized.

Who should read Grasp?

  • Academics, teachers, school administrators 
  • Students
  • Anyone interested in improving their own ability to learn

Schools Books: Thrivers by Michele Borba


Michele Borba
The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine
4.4 (207 ratings)

What's Thrivers about?

Thrivers (2021) is a study of what it means to be a child in today’s fast-paced, ultra-competitive, and digital world. Kids are achieving more and more, but they’ve never felt so lonely and stressed. In our rush to prepare them for an uncertain future, we’ve taught them to strive for accolades but forgotten that there’s more to success – and happiness – than test scores and grades. What’s missing is an emphasis on helping them thrive.

Who should read Thrivers?

  • Parents worried about their kids’ futures
  • Teachers on the frontlines of our burnout-inducing education system
  • Psychologists interested in child development

Schools Books: The Family Firm by Emily Oster

The Family Firm

Emily Oster
A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years
4.0 (59 ratings)

What's The Family Firm about?

The Family Firm (2021) explores the latest research on pre-teen child development. It explains how parents can make data-driven decisions on important parenting decisions like a child’s school, bedtime, diet, and extracurricular schedule.

Who should read The Family Firm?

  • Parents of children ages five to twelve
  • Educators looking for a fresh perspective
  • Psychology buffs seeking new insights

Schools Books: What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew by Sharon Saline

What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew

Sharon Saline
Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life
4.6 (31 ratings)

What's What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew about?

What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew (2018) provides parents with insights into the challenges and experiences of children with ADHD. It focuses on the importance of communication and collaboration between parents and children, and outlines the Five Cs that will help you help your child with ADHD. Learn the skills you need to ensure your child flourishes with the brain they have.

Who should read What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew?

  • Parents of children with ADHD
  • Teens and adults with ADHD
  • Teachers and parents

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