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 Books About Alternative Education
( See Reviews page for reviews of titles with an asterisk. Books we carry in the bookstore are in red and linked to the bookstore, and are reviewed there.)

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS, A Guide for Educators and Parents, by Jonathan Kozol, Continuum, New York, 1982. Possibly out of print. Possibly available from the publishers or the author.

*AMAZING GRACE, by Jonathan Kozol. Available from Amazon.com. Click here for a review by Mary Leue.

*CHALLENGING THE GIANT, the Best of SKOLE, the Journal of Alternative Education, volumes I-IV - $14.95 for each of the four volumes (pb, 500+ pages each plus shipping $2.00), or $40.00 for all four plus shipping and handling $5.00). Available from Down-to-Earth Books, P.O. Box 488, Ashfield, MA 01330. 413-628-0227; e-mail. Volume II reviewed by Claudia Berman, co-founder of The School Around Us, and volumes III and IV by Emanuel Pariser, co-director of the Community School in Camden, Maine. maryskole@aol.com.

*CHANGING LIVES, Voices from a School that Works, by Jane Day, University Press of America, 1994. Available from the publisher or from The Community School, Box 555, Camden, Maine 04843(w); Tel: (207) 236-3000 or (207) 763-3498; Fax: (207) 236-2505; website http://www.thecommunityschool.org/ Reviewed by Mary Leue

CHILD'S WORK, Taking Children's Choices Seriously, by Nancy Wallace, Holt Associates, Cambridge, Mass., 1990. Available from John Holt's Bookstore, c/o Growing Without Schooling, 2380 Mass. Ave., Suite 104, Cambridge, MA 02140. 617-864-3100; toll-free 888-925-9298; fax 617-864-9235; website at http://www.holtgws.com; e-mail holtgws@erols.com/

COMPULSORY EDUCATION AND HUMAN LEARNING, The Moral Failure of Public Education in America and Japan, edited by Dayle M. Bethel, Caddo Gap Press, 1994. Reviewed by Chris Mercogliano.

CREATING LEARNING COMMUNITIES, Models, Resources and New Ways of Thinking About Teaching and learning, edited by Ron Miller, Solomon Press, 2000. Available from The Foundation for Educational Renewal, at 1-800-639-4122 or from their website at http://www.great-ideas.org or from Amazon.com.

*DESCHOOLING OUR LIVES, edited by Matt Hern, New Society Publishers, 1996. Available from the publishers, from the author.

*HOW LIKE AN ANGEL CAME I DOWN, A. Bronson Alcott: Conversations with Children on the Gospels, introduced and edited by Alice O. Howell, Lindisfarne Press, 1991. Available from the Down-to-Earth bookstore or from the publisher, Lindisfarne press.

DUMBING US DOWN, The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, by John Taylor Gatto, New Society Publishers, 1992.

THE EXHAUSTED SCHOOL, The First National Speakout on the Right to School Choice, Carnegie Hall, New York City, edited by John Taylor Gatto. The Odysseus Group, 1993. Available from the editor, or from John Holt's Bookstore, c/o Growing Without Schooling, 2380 Mass. Ave., Suite 104, Cambridge, MA 02140. 617-864-3100; toll-free 888-925-9298; fax 617-864-9235; website at http://www.holtgws.com; e-mail holtgws@erols.com/

*A FREE RANGE CHILDHOOD, Self-Regulation at Summerhill School, by Matthew Appleton, Solomon Press, New York, 2000. Available from The Foundation for Educational Renewal, at 1-800-639-4122 or from their website at http://www.great-ideas.org.

THE GROWTH OF THE MIND, by Stanley I. Greenspan. Available from Amazon.com. Click here for reviews by two discerning Amazon.com customers!

KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD, Growing Up at Sudbury Valley School, from interviews by Hanna Greenberg, edited by Mimsy Sadowsky and Daniel Greenberg, Sudbury Valley School Press, 1994. Available from the publisher at 2 Winch St., Framingham, MA 01701. (508-877-3030.,

*A LIFE IN SCHOOL, or, What the Teacher Learned, by Jane Tompkins. Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1996. Available from Amazon.com. Click here for a review by Mary Leue

*THE LIVES OF CHILDREN, the Story of the First Street School, by George Dennison, Random House, NY, 1969. Available from Down-to-Earth Books, P.O. Box 488, Ashfield, MA 01330. 413-628-0227; e-mail maryskole@aol.com.

*LIVING BY WONDER, The Imaginative Life of Childhood, by Richard Lewis, Parabola Books, 1998. Available from the publishers or from Amazon, com.

*MAKING IT UP AS WE GO ALONG: The Story of the Albany Free School, by Chris Mercogliano. Heinemann, New York 1998. Available from the publisher, Available from Down-to-Earth Books, P.O. Box 488, Ashfield, MA 01330. 413-628-0227; e-mail maryskole@aol.com - or from Amazon.com. Click here for two reviews by Joseph Chilton Pearce and David Ruentzel, Teacher magazine.

*MAY YOU NEVER STOP DANCING, A Professor's Letters to his Daughter, by John D. Lawry, St. Mary's Press, 1998. Available from Down-to-Earth Books, P.O. Box 488, Ashfield, MA 01330. 413-628-0227; e-mail maryskole@aol.com. Click here for a review by Mary M. Leue.

*MY LIFE AS A TRAVELING HOMESCHOOLER, in the words of an eleven-year-old, by Jenifer Goldman, Solomon Press, 1991. Available from http://www.edrev.org/, or from Education Revolution, Jerry Mintz, Director, 417 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Hts., NY 11577; toll-free: 1-800-769-4171; e-mail: JerryAERO@aol.com; voice: 516-621-2195; fax: 516-625-3257.

NEW DIRECTIONS IN EDUCATION, Selections from Holistic Education Review, edited by Ron Miller, Holistic Education Press, Brandon, VT, 1990. Available from The Foundation for Educational Renewal, Box 328, Brandon, VT 05733-0328, 1-800-639-4122 or from their website at http://www.great-ideas.org or from Amazon.com.

*NO MASTER HIGH OR LOW, Libertarian Education and Schooling in Britain 1890-1990, by John Shotton, Libertarian Education, UK, publisher, 1993, paperback, $17.00 plus $3 shipping. Available from Available from Down-to-Earth Books, P.O. Box 488, Ashfield, MA 01330. 413-628-0227; e-mail maryskole@aol.com. Click here for a review by Robin Martin.

*REAL EDUCATION, Varieties of Freedom, by David Gribble, Libertarian Education, UK, publisher, 1998, paperback, $17.00 plus $3 shipping. Available from Available from Down-to-Earth Books, P.O. Box 488, Ashfield, MA 01330. 413-628-0227; e-mail maryskole@aol.com/

THE RENEWAL OF MEANING IN EDUCATION, Responses to the Cultural and Ecological Crisis of our Times, edited by Ron Miller, Holistic Education Press, Brandon, VT, 1993. Available from The Foundation for Educational Renewal, Box 328, Brandon, VT 05733-0328, 1-800-639-4122 or from their website at http://www.great-ideas.org or from Amazon.com.

THE SCHOOL AROUND US, 25 years, by Claudia Berman, School Around Us Press, Kennebunkport, Maine, 1994. Available from the publishers or the author.

*SCHOOL DROPOUTS, The Tragedy of America's Undereducated Youth, by Carlos A. Bonilla and Jana L. Brazda, ICA Publishing, Stockton, CA, 1993. Available from ICA, Inc., 1020 N. Commerce, Stockton, CA 95202.

*TEACHING THE RESTLESS, One School's Remarkable No-Ritalin Approach to Helping Children Learn and Succeed, by Chris Mercogliano, Beacon Press, 2003.

TROPIC OF NIGHT, by Michael Gruber, whose fascinating tale of voodoo and sorcery reflects his belief that the Western model of understanding the world--the material world, the world of science, electrons, chemicals, etc--is only one view of the world. What makes TROPIC OF NIGHT so fascinating and so chilling is the way he so convincingly explores the alternative model, "the realm of the psyche."
*THE UNDERGROUND HISTORY OF AMERICAN EDUCATION, by John Taylor Gatto, The Oxford Village Press, Oxford, NY, 2000. $30 plus $3.00 shipping. Available from Available from Down-to-Earth Books, P.O. Box 488, Ashfield, MA 01330. 413-628-0227; e-mail maryskole@aol.com. - or from the author (Allow two weeks). Click here for  a review by Mary M. Leue of the previous version of John's book entitled The Empty Child. The new edition is much richer, and has many wonderful illustrations, but this review will still give you a good idea of John's style and approach.

WHAT ARE SCHOOLS FOR? Holistic Education in American Culture, by Ron Miller, Holistic Education Press, Brandon, VT, 1990, Available from The Foundation for Educational Renewal, Box 328, Brandon, VT 05733-0328 at 1-800-639-4122 or from their website at http://www.great-ideas.org or from Amazon.com.

WORLDS IN CREATION, by Daniel Greenberg, Sudbury Valley School Press, 1994. Available from the publisher at 2 Winch St., Framingham, MA 01701, (508) 877-3030; or Fax (508) 788-0674.

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