BookMarks Top 5 Author Interviews for 2012

By Catherine A. Cardno — December 28, 2012 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

As the year winds down, Amy and I thought we’d pull together a Top 5 list from the past 12 months. And what could be a better topic than interviews with authors about their new K-12 education books? They give you a glimpse into authors’ thought processes, what their new research has uncovered, and what the future holds.

As such, here are the five most-read interviews from the past year in BookMarks:

  1. The most popular interview was BookMarks’ two-part conversation with the Khan Academy’s founder, Salman Khan, which coincided with the launch of his book The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined (Twelve, 2012). The first part of the interview covered Khan’s motivation for writing the book and where kids that are uninterested in learning fit into the picture, and the second part covered the practical next steps to redefining education, his critics, and (my favorite part of the book) learning-by-doing games.
  2. The second most popular interview was BookMarks’ conversation with Lisa Delpit, author of “Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children (The New Press, 2012). We covered a range of topics, including race, poverty, and teaching in inner-city schools.
  3. The third-place spot is held by Yong Zhao, for our conversation about his proposal for a new education paradigm, which he details in World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (Corwin, 2012).
  4. Coming in fourth in our most-read author interview list was Jessica Klein’s book on bullying and school shootings, The Bully Society (New York University Press, 2012). While little is known at the moment about what motivated the shooter in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, the ideas of bullying and school violence are closely intertwined, as Klein detailed.
  5. My e-conversation with Chester Finn, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation in Washington, and a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, covered his new book Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools (Princeton University Press, 2012) and rounds out our Top 5 interviews list. Written with education consultant Jessica A. Hockett, the book examines the academically selective, public high schools that students must test into.

And there you have it! The Top 5 most-read interviews from the last year, collected together for your reading pleasure.

We hope you all have a happy, and healthy, new year.


Cathy and Amy

A version of this news article first appeared in the BookMarks blog.

Commenting has been disabled on effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Teaching Webinar
6 Key Trends in Teaching and Learning
As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and a return to the classroom for many—we come better prepared, but questions remain. How will the last year impact teaching and learning this school
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Evaluating Equity to Drive District-Wide Action this School Year
Educational leaders are charged with ensuring all students receive equitable access to a high-quality education. Yet equity is more than an action. It is a lens through which we continuously review instructional practices and student
Content provided by BetterLesson
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Student Well-Being Webinar
Attendance Awareness Month: The Research Behind Effective Interventions
More than a year has passed since American schools were abruptly closed to halt the spread of COVID-19. Many children have been out of regular school for most, or even all, of that time. Some
Content provided by AllHere

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Schools Get the Brunt of Latest COVID Wave in South Carolina
In the past few weeks, South Carolina has set records for COVID-19 hospitalizations and new cases have approached peak levels of last winter.
4 min read
Two Camden Elementary School students in masks listen as South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster talks about steps the school is taking to fight COVID-19, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, in Camden, S.C. McMaster has adamantly and repeatedly come out against requiring masks in schools even as the average number of daily COVID-19 cases in the state has risen since early June. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
Education More States Are Requiring Schools to Teach Native American History and Culture
Advocates say their efforts have gained some momentum with the nation’s reckoning over racial injustice since the killing of George Floyd.
3 min read
A dancer participates in an intertribal dance at Schemitzun on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation in Mashantucket, Conn., Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. Connecticut and a handful of other states have recently decided to mandate students be taught about Native American culture and history. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Education Judge's Temporary Order Allows Iowa Schools to Mandate Masks
A federal judge ordered the state to immediately halt enforcement of a law that prevents school boards from ordering masks to be worn.
4 min read
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks to reporters following a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in West Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds lashed out at President Joe Biden Thursday after he ordered his education secretary to explore possible legal action against states that have blocked school mask mandates and other public health measures meant to protect students against COVID-19. Reynolds, a Republican, has signed a bill into law that prohibits school officials from requiring masks, raising concerns as delta variant virus cases climb across the state and schools resume classes soon. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Education Hurricane Ida Deals New Blow to Louisiana Schools Struggling to Reopen
The opening of the school year offered teachers a chance to fully assess the pandemic's effects, only to have students forced out again.
8 min read
Six-year-old Mary-Louise Lacobon sits on a fallen tree beside the remnants of her family's home destroyed by Hurricane Ida, in Dulac, La., on Sept. 4, 2021. Louisiana students, who were back in class after a year and a half of COVID-19 disruptions kept many of them at home, are now missing school again after Hurricane Ida. A quarter-million public school students statewide have no school to report to, though top educators are promising a return is, at most, weeks away, not months.
Six-year-old Mary-Louise Lacobon sits on a fallen tree beside the remnants of her family's home destroyed by Hurricane Ida, in Dulac, La., on Sept. 4, 2021.
John Locher/AP