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Shaun Kerry, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

If you examine the books on school reform, there is a huge body of literature that supports the conclusions that we present.  These books are by far the most popular and highly rated by the general public.

Reports that take the opposing view tend to use test scores as the sole basis of their analysis.  They tend to be dry, lifeless, and unconvincing.

John Caldwell Holt Series
How Children Learn, Holt, 1995, Perseus Press

How Children Fail, Holt, 1995, Perseus Press

Learning All The Time, Holt, 1990 Perseus Press

What Do I Do Monday, Holt, 1995, Heinemann

The Underachieving School, Holt, 1997, Pittman

Freedom and Beyond, Holt, 1972, Dutton

Growing Without Schooling : A Record of a Grassroots Movement
by John Holt, Susannah Sheffer

John Taylor Gatto Series
A Different Kind of Teacher: Solving the Crisis of American Schooling
by John Taylor Gatto

Dumbing Us Down : The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto

The Exhausted School : The First National Grassroots Speakout on the Right to School Choice by John Taylor Gatto

Alfie Kohn Series
*****The Schools Our Children Deserve, Kohn, 2000, Mariner - If you only read one book on school reform, read this one.

Punished By Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes, Kohn, 1999, Houghton Mifflin

The Case Against Standardized Testing: Raising the Scores, Ruining the Schools, Kohn, 2000, Heinemann

Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community, Kohn, 1996

No Contest : The Case Against Competition, Kohn, 1992, Houghton Mifflin

What to Look for in a Classroom: And Other Essays by Alfie Kohn

Home Learning Year by Year : How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School, Rebecca Rupp

The Complete Home Learning Source Book : The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and

Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic, Rebecca Rupp

Homeschooling Almanac,
2000-200, Mary Leppert, Michael Leppert

If You Want to Be Rich & Happy : Don't Go to School? : Ensuring Lifetime Security for Yourself and Your Children by Robert T. Kiyosaki, Hal Z. Bennett

The Teenage Liberation Handbook : How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education by Grace Llewellyn

Complete Idiot's Guide to Homeschooling
by Marsha Ransom, John Taylor Gatto

The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom
by Mary Griffith

Challenging the Giant : The Best of Skole, the Journal of Alternative Education
by Mary M. Leue

Deschooling Our Lives by Matt Hern

Family Matters : Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson

Other Education Reform Books

Contradictions of School Reform : Educational Costs of Standardized Testing (Critical Social Thought) by Linda M. McNeil

One Size Fits Few : The Folly of Educational Standards by Susan Ohanian

Will Standards Save Public Education by Deborah Meier (Editor), et al

Schools Without Failure, Glasser, 1969, Harper and Row

Child's Work : Taking Children's Choices Seriously
by Nancy Wallace, David Sullivan

I Learn Better by Teaching Myself and Still Teaching Ourselves : And, Still Teaching Ourselves by Agnes Leistico

For What Purpose?  Some Thoughts About Grading
by James Alexander, Ph. D.

Child Development
The Continuum Concept : In Search of Happiness Lost (Classics in Human Development)
by Jean Liedloff

Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child
by Katie Allison Granju, Betsy Kennedy

Three in a Bed : The Benefits of Sharing Your Bed With Your Baby
by Deborah Jackson, Tom Newton

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