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Developmental Disorders and Health
Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, And the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism
Iversen, who with her husband started the Cure Autism Now Foundation after their son Dov was diagnosed with the developmental disorder, recounts how meeting Soma Mukhopadhyay and her teenage son Tito—whom Iversen calls the “Rosetta Stone for autism”—revolutionized her ability to communicate with her child. Tito, who has been profiled in publications such as National Geographic, Scientific American, and The New York Times, was first brought with his mother from India to the United States by CAN in 2000. Severely autistic and nonverbal, Tito nonetheless has been taught by his mother to communicate through writing, and has even published books of poetry and philosophical prose on his condition. In this book, Iversen describes Soma Mukhopadhyay’s teaching method, its effect on her own son, and the scientific community’s reaction to it. In so doing, she details not only a possible medical breakthrough, but also the struggles common to families around the world affected by autism.
George & Sam: Two Boys, One Family, and Autism
A journalist and mother writes on the difficulties and joys of raising two autistic sons.
Understanding the Mind of Your Bipolar Child: The Complete Guide to the Development, Treatment, and Parenting of Children With Bipolar Disorder
An examination of the disorder’s manifestation in children and adolescents, from a teacher turned child psychiatrist.
Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver
Arguments for and against childhood vaccination are detailed in this history of the field of immunizations.
The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial
An education journalist who is a former assistant director of Harvard University’s Project on School Desegregation, Eaton explores what she sees as the worsening of racial isolation in America’s inner-city schools. She concentrates on Hartford, Conn., where she follows a class of 4th graders and their teacher in an all-minority public school, Simpson-Waverly Elementary. Recognized in 2003 by the Bush administration as a model of urban education, it serves as her testing ground for whether separation can ever mean equality. Hartford is also home to the other focus of her inquiry, the landmark school desegregation lawsuit Sheff v. O’Neill, now, through appeals, stretching into its 18th year. Overall, the picture Eaton creates is one of educational inequity, as the case’s victories remain unrealized by the state and the school’s successes prove to be short-lived. Author Jonathan Kozol has said of The Children in Room E4, “A very important book, it ought to be read widely.”
Examining Comprehensive School Reform
A collection of studies and reflections on education programs targeting low-performing, underserved students in high-poverty schools.
Also of Note
Loving Every Child: Wisdom for Parents
When the United Nations declared 1979 “The Year of the Child,” the organization also named it “The Year of Janusz Korczak” to celebrate both his teachings and the centenary of his birth. A Polish pediatrician, child advocate, educator, orphanage director, and author, he wrote a children’s book, King Matt the First, that is as beloved in Poland as Peter Pan is in England. Korczak unfortunately is also known for his death during the Holocaust: Having rejected several offers to save his life, he joined 200 Jewish orphans whom he refused to abandon as they were rounded up in the Warsaw ghetto for deportation to the Treblinka extermination camp. Few of Korczak’s written works have been translated into English; this collection of approximately 100 quotations marks the first time many of them have been made available in the United States. Though compiled with parents in mind, most of these passages are equally relevant for educators. A brief biography of Korczak is also included.
The English Reader: What Every Literate Person Needs to Know
A compilation of classic British writings, songs, and speeches, culled by the education historian and her son for this sequel to their best-selling The American Reader.
Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56
A much-lauded teacher offers practical suggestions for bringing energy into the classroom.
Child and Adolescent Development for Educators
A graduate-level textbook geared toward future teachers, school counselors, and administrators.
Understanding Youth: Adolescent Development for Educators
A book for experienced educators and other adults who regularly work with teenagers that aims to translate developmental research and theory into practice.
Courting Failure: How School Finance Lawsuits Exploit Judges’ Good Intentions and Harm Our Children
Several prominent Hoover Institution scholars weigh in on judicial actions in this collection of essays.
Howard Gardner Under Fire: The Rebel Psychologist Faces His Critics
A debate between Gardner and his scholarly opposition, through analyses of his work and his responses to them.
The Praeger Handbook of Latino Education in the U.S.
Two volumes outlining the major policies, perspectives, historical figures and events, and organizations that have influenced the education of the largest minority group in American public schools.
Reconnecting Education and Foundations: Turning Good Intentions Into Educational Capital
Suggestions on how relations between foundations and educational institutions might be strengthened, published to coincide with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s centennial.
Educators as Writers: Publishing for Personal and Professional Development
Insider tips from published educators on every stage of the process, from drafting to book tours.
Vol. 26, Issue 18, Page 30
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