We include posts in our blog – book reviews, essays and articles which we've curated about a topic of interest for our classroom teachers and their students.
Book Report by Monica Snellings
That’s a big hope when you look at the daily headlines but Lanier has written a book that recasts the future in a way that few of us have the ability see on our own. For almost 30 years he has been on the front lines of the digital revolution. He is a computer scientist, musician, and is best known for his work in Virtual Reality research, for which he coined the term.
He asks us, in this very readable book, to examine the digital world we engage with, contribute to and create in. He notes that humans have always been their own worst enemies. He notes that throughout history whoever controls the tools of communication has the upper hand, easily dominating and effectively oppressing.
Book Report by DK Holland
Meticulously based on primary sources, How Lincoln Learned to Read, by Daniel Wolff, brings to the fore a spectrum of influences that shape a child’s mindset and future. He shows how education happens outside of school – in the school of hard knocks or privilege.
The stories he weaves span several hundred years as he follows the lives of 12 important Americans (from Andrew Jackson to Sojourner Truth to Elvis Presley). In an artful and evocative narrative Wolff shows how each of these children grew to become an important figure in our country. In the process, he connects these often hard scrabble life stories in a way that paints a portrait of America.