Books: New in Print

January 10, 2001 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print


The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values, by James L. Shulman and William G. Bowen (Princeton University Press, 41 William St., Princeton, NJ 08540; 447 pp.; $27.95 hardback). Findings from a groundbreaking study of 90,000 students gauging the impact of college sports on the admissions process and the academic performance and values of those who play sports. The authors, both officers of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, one a former president of Princeton University, bring what is described as the first solid empirical research to bear on such questions as the educational value of playing sports, whether colleges have put financial gain from athletics programs above academic standards, how Title IX has changed the landscape of such programs, and many others. While the authors express a belief that sports can and should play an important role in bolstering community spirit on campus, educators will find some of their findings troubling, especially those that show a consistent and growing tendency for athletes to underperform academically—not just relative to other students, but to how they themselves might have been expected to perform.

Character Education

Cultivating Heart and Character, ed. by Tony Devine, Joon Ho Seuk, and Andrew Wilson (Character Development Publishing, PO Box 9211, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-9211; 486 pp.; $22.95 paperback). Compiled and edited by three educators who maintain that “character education does have an impact” on many vexing social problems affecting children and adolescents, this volume offers six ways to build character in the classroom. Its insights address such difficult topics as ethical sexuality, the value of marriage and family, conflict resolution, social responsibility, manners, and the nature of love. In a foreword, Thomas Lickona, a prolific writer on the subject, says that the book “expands the scope of character education to encompass the whole of life.”

School Quality

Choosing Excellence, by John Merrow (The Scarecrow Press Inc., 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706; 207 pp.; $15.95 paperback). Written by a longtime education journalist who hosts a PBS documentary series on youth and learning, “The Merrow Report,” this guide to determining school quality is based on the assumption that “there are really only three kinds of schools: bad, good enough, and excellent.” Most people settle for “good enough,” the author says, owing to a lack of adequate information and their desire to believe that their own schools are OK. Each chapter of the book explores some aspect of schooling: safety, academics, values, technology, and so forth, and offers readers the practices and strategies they should look for in “choosing excellence.”

For more information on these books, contact the publisher or your local library or or visit our online BookShelf. To order by phone, call (888) 887-3200.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the January 10, 2001 edition of Education Week


Special Education Webinar Reading, Dyslexia, and Equity: Best Practices for Addressing a Threefold Challenge
Learn about proven strategies for instruction and intervention that support students with dyslexia.
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.
Personalized Learning Webinar
No Time to Waste: Individualized Instruction Will Drive Change
Targeted support and intervention can boost student achievement. Join us to explore tutoring’s role in accelerating the turnaround. 
Content provided by Varsity Tutors for Schools
Student Well-Being K-12 Essentials Forum Social-Emotional Learning: Making It Meaningful
Join us for this event with educators and experts on the damage the pandemic did to academic and social and emotional well-being.

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

Curriculum The World Cup as Teachable Moment? How One Teacher Approached It
It's not just a game: Geopolitics are inscribed into the soccer championship, giving teachers an opportunity to host rich discussions.
3 min read
Josh Sargent of the United States controls the ball during the World Cup, group B soccer match between the United States and Wales, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.
Josh Sargent of the United States controls the ball during the a World Cup match between the United States and Wales in Doha, Qatar, on Nov. 21.
Francisco Seco/AP
Curriculum Nearly 300 Books Removed From Schools Under Missouri's 'Sexually Explicit Materials' Law
Missouri's efforts to remove books from public schools—either temporarily or permanently—go farther than most.
5 min read
Banned books are visible at the Central Library, a branch of the Brooklyn Public Library system, in New York City on Thursday, July 7, 2022. The books are banned in several public schools and libraries in the U.S., but young people can read digital versions from anywhere through the library. The Brooklyn Public Library offers free membership to anyone in the U.S. aged 13 to 21 who wants to check out and read books digitally in response to the nationwide wave of book censorship and restrictions.
Several titles in this display of books in at the Central Library in New York city are on Missouri's banned books list. The N.Y. library allows young people anywhere to read digital versions of the books.
Ted Shaffrey/AP
Curriculum More Teachers Say Their Curriculum Aligns to Standards. But It Still Falls Short
About one in four teachers said they spent $300 or more of their own money on instructional materials last school year.
3 min read
An open book with scattered letters, graphs, math symbols and shapes floating on a dark blue background.
iStock/Getty Images Plus
Curriculum Q&A Why Media Literacy Programs Need to Put a Spotlight on 'Stealth Advertising'
As advertising evolves, digital literacy education must change with it.
3 min read
Illustration of numerous computer windows overlapping with creepy eyeballs inside the close, open, and minimize circles within the various window screens.
Daniel Hertzberg for Education Week