SCHOOLS,the reissued, updated version of Jonathan Kozol's original
book,Free Schools (see Free Schools below to read a
chapter on the teaching of reading).
by Jane Day: Interviews with graduates of the Community School in
Camden, Maine. $18.95, reviewed by Mary Leue
Best of SKOLE,
the Journal of Alternative Education, volumes I-IV $14.95
each, plus shipping $2.00 (pb, 500+ pages each volume), or $50.00
for all four plus shipping and handling $5.00). Clickherefor additional reviews of volumes 1 & 2 by Claudia Berman,
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RIGHTS AND POWER,
Charging Up for a New Century, by Mary John, Professor Emerita
and former Deputy Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of
Education at the University of Exeter, UK.
Getting Society out of School, by Matt Hern; $16.
SCHOOLS, FREE PEOPLE,
by Ron Miller, president of the Foundation for Educational Renewal
and editor of Educational Freedom for a Democratic Society: A
Critique of National Standards, Goals and
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for brief reviews or praise)
by Jonathan Kozol - the definitive work on assessing both
the early free schools and the later alternative
LIKE AN ANGEL CAME I DOWN,
Conversations with Children on the Gospels, by A. Bronson
Alcott, edited by Alice Howell. $19.95, reviewed by Mary
LIFE IN SCHOOL,
What th Teacher Learned, by Jane Tompkins, professor of
literature at Duke University and a leader in the field of
academic research into the art of teaching; paperback,
LIVES OF CHILDREN,
the Story of the First Street School, by George Dennison
- "A classic! " - A.S. Neill .$12.95 plus $2
IT UP AS WE GO ALONG,
The Story of the Albany Free
Chris Mercogliano, $18.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Foreword by Joseph
Chilton Pearce. Reviewed by Herb Kohl, Joseph Chilton Pearce and
David Ruentzel, Teacher magazine.
YOU NEVER STOP DANCING,
A Professor's Letters to his Daughter, by John D. Lawry, St.
Mary's Press Christian Brothers Pub., Winona, MN,
$2 shipping, reviewed by Mary Leue ..
LIFE AS A TRAVELING
by Jenifer Goldman, a clear-eyed account by an almost
eleven-year-old who travceled with her uncle Jerry Mintz
throughout the US - and even into Canada, visiting schools.
HOMEWORK AND RECESS ALL
Freedom and Democracy in Education, by Jerry Mintz,
paperback attending conferences, enjoying life as she learned.
Well worth reading. $12.95.ck,
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brief reviews or praise)
MASTER HIGH OR LOW
- Libertarian Education and Schooling 1890-1990, by John
Shotton, Libertarian Education (LibEd), UK, publisher, 1997,
paperback, $17.00 plus $2 shipping, reviewed by Robin Martin.
Varieties of Freedom, by David Gribble, Libertarian Education, UK,
publisher, 1998, paperback, $17.00 plus $3 shipping, reviewed by
SCHOOLS - IN THEIR OWN W0RDS
-edited by Mary M. Leue:
Books, Ashfield, MA. This is an account of 27 different schools,
24 of them in the US.with accompanying essays by members of each
of them - or, in a couple of cases, parents of children in them -
taken from SKOLE, The Journal of Alternative Education.
Valuable for parents looking at educational alternatives or
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the field. $16.95 plus shipping.
REAL TEACHING - IN THEIR OWN WORDS -
edited by Mary M. Leue.
volume to Real Schools.Contents,
articles by 38 different teachers, organized as: teaching as a
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schools, 12; proposed solutions 6; teaching young children 5;
teaching elementary-school age children. 8; teaching high
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THE MODERN SCHOOL FERRER COLONY,
Victor Sacharoff and others, Jon Thoreau Scott, editor. $23.95,
SCHOOL AROUND US-
Twenty-five Years, by Claudia Berman. The story of the
Kennebunk, Maine school of that name. $18.95 plus $2 shipping. See
of volumes I and II of Challenging the Giant.
- The Tragedy of America's Under-Educated Youth, by Carlos
Bonilla and Jana L. Brazda. $29.95
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the titles below for brief reviews or
When Big Brother Isn't Watching, by David O. Solmitz.Introduction by Kathleen Kesson, Goddard College Director of
Teacher Education, $29.95
IN YOUR OWN WAY,
Inspiration for Parents of Failing Kids,
Nancy Gill - essays reflecting over two decades of this
brilliant, inspired teacher's work with kids of all ages. $18.95
plus $3 shipping.
THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE
M. Leue, editor. Past issues available, $4 each, plus $3 shipping,
reviewed by John Potter. Down-to-Earth Books has been
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for John Potter's review.
- A New View of Childhood, by A.S. Neill, a new edition by
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- One School's Remarkable No-Ritalin Approach to Helping Children
Learn and Succeed, by Chris Mercogliano, $25.
HISTORY OF EDUCATION,
by John Taylor Gatto. Oversize paperback, 412 pages, lavishly
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Reviewed by Mary Leue