[Posted later, a pic of my growing collection from the public library, shared with my colleagues at my cubby]:
Steve Hargadon, through whose Facebook post I became aware of Gary's article, suggests that "we need to do a book study of these." I concur. As I say, please do read the original post, but if you need the cheat sheet I submit it here, along with Gary's comment preceding his must-read list:
"The following books are appropriate for parents, teachers, administrators, politicians and plain old citizens committed to the ideal of sustaining a joyful, excellent and democratic public education for every child."A Schoolmaster of the Great City: A Progressive Education Pioneer's Vision for Urban Schools, Angelo Patri
Dr. Seymour Sarason, The Skeptical Visionary: A Seymour Sarason Reader, The Predictable Failure of Educational Reform: Can We Change Course Before It's Too Late, And What do YOU Mean by Learning, Political Leadership and Educational Failure and Charter Schools: Another Flawed Educational Reform?
Seymour Papert, The Children's Machine: Rethinking School in the Age of the Computer
The Big Picture: Education Is Everyone's Business by Dennis Littky and Littky's biography, Doc: The Story Of Dennis Littky And His Fight For A Better School, by Susan Kammeraad-Campbell
Deborah Meier, In Schools We Trust: Creating Communities of Learning in an Era of Testing and Standardization
The Schools our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards" and The Case Against Standardized Testing: Raising the Scores, Ruining the Schools by Alfie Kohn
Dr. Theodore Sizer, Horace's Compromise
Jonathan Kozol, Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope
Herbert Kohl, The Herb Kohl Reader: Awakening the Heart of Teaching
Susan Ohanian and Kathy Emery, Why is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools?
Gerald Bracey published, Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality - Transforming the Fire Consuming America's Schools
Not With Our Kids You Don't! Ten Strategies to Save Our Schools by Juanita Doyon
Go for it! And let me know when you're ready to have that book study group!