This week's Nonfiction November Prompt:
Three ways to join in this week! You can share 3 or more books on a single topic that you’ve read and can recommend (be the expert); you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you’ve been dying to read (ask the expert); or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
Head on over to Katie at Doing Dewey to read some of the other posts.
As a teacher librarian I love books about education. I'm sharing a few that specifically deal with college admissions and education in our country.
Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America by Helen Thorpe is not entirely focused on education, but it does show how the four teenagers in this book are limited in their post high school choices because of some immigration issues they face. Teaching in a district with a large immigrant population, I can see firsthand how our students are affected. Some of it is heartbreaking, but I truly enjoyed every page of this book.
The Smartest Kids In the World And How They Got This Way by Amanda Ripley - show three different education systems: Finland, South Korea and Poland. These systems are different from each other - and different from our system in the US. This book provides so much to discuss....and as a teacher I love this topic and want to talk about it with everyone.
The Overachievers by Alexandra Robbins provides an in-depth look at several high schoolers who are all over-extended and wanting to get in to their first choice colleges. The high expectations are self inflicted in some cases but all of the students featured in this book are interesting and it was easy to root for them and hope they achieved their dreams.
The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes Or Breaks Us by Paul Tough is my current read and I fell in love with it from the first page. My oldest daughter is looking at colleges for next year and this one is interesting on a personal level for that reason. My husband and I have long believed that our college taught us both so much - more than can adequately be conveyed in a diploma - and this book (so far) does much to back that up.
So, I'm not an expert, but I if you are looking to learn more about education, these four books won't disappoint. And if you have a book about education not mentioned here, please feel free to leave me a comment. I love adding to my TBR!