Published Online: August 14, 2007
Published in Print: August 15, 2007, as Also of Note

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EdSpeak: A Glossary of Education Terms, Phrases, Buzzwords, and Jargon

by Diane Ravitch (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development,; 245 pp., $23.95 paperback).

Education lingo from “abecedarian” to “zone of proximal development.”

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge: The Book of Mnemonic Devices

by Rod L. Evans (Perigee, an imprint of Penguin,;
240 pp., $10.95 paperback).
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Tricks for memorizing facts in a wide variety of subjects.

IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea

by Stephen Murdoch (Wiley,; 288 pp., $24.95 hardback).

Assesses the intelligence of a controversial test.

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

by Leonard Sax (Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus,; 267 pp., $25 hardback).

A physician and single-sex education advocate details the reasons behind the “boy crisis,” among them schooling practices, video games, and ADHD medications.

Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories

edited by Andrew Garrod, Robert Kilkenny, & Christina Gómez (Cornell University Press,; 280 pp., $19.95 paperback).

Perspectives on life and education from young people in the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the United States.

Charter Schools: Hope or Hype?

by Jack Buckley & Mark Schneider (Princeton University Press,; 376 pp., $35 hardback).

Ten years of data on Washington’s schools form the basis of this evaluation.

School Choice: The Findings

by Herbert J. Walberg (Cato Institute,; 132 pp., $9.95 paperback).

An education scholar compiles research on charter schools, private schools, and voucher programs.

Schooling by Design: Mission, Action, and Achievement

by Grant Wiggins & Jay McTighe (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development,; 287 pp., $30.95 paperback).

Building on their “Understanding by Design” curricular framework, the authors tackle school reform.

Pay-for-Performance Teacher Compensation: An Inside View of Denver’s ProComp Plan

by Phil Gonring, Paul Teske, & Brad Jupp (Harvard Education Press,; 192 pp., $24.95 paperback).

A history of the merit-pay initiative, with lessons learned.

Retracing the Journey: Teaching and Learning in an American High School

by Leila Christenbury (Teachers College Press,; 176 pp., $24.95 paperback).

A longtime education professor returns to her roots as a high school English teacher.

Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade

by Linda Perlstein (Henry Holt,; 320 pp., $25 hardback).

The troubles and triumphs of an elementary school working to turn itself around.

Sugarcane Academy: How a New Orleans Teacher and His Storm-Struck Students Created a School to Remember

by Michael Tisserand (Harcourt,; 192 pp., $13 paperback).

A one-room schoolhouse brings learning and comfort to Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

A Class Apart: Prodigies, Pressure, and Passion Inside One of America's Best High Schools

by Alec Klein (Simon & Schuster,; 336 pp., $25 hardback).

A warts-and-all look at New York City’s Stuyvesant High School.

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