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Inspiring books and media recommended by David Stoloff

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Winter 2011

1)    Roth, Philip (2010).  Nemesis.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Uncertainty about the role of Gd in human affairs during a polio epidemic in Newark in 1943-44 and later.  Young physical education/park recreation director faces down Italian teen-agers who spit on playground, several of his charges die or are taken by polio, escapes to girl friend’s summer camp and an island of their own, may infect the camp, becomes disable, and breaks off from fiancee.  What is the role of Gd in such an epidemic?   read on 12/26/10

2) Neal, Michael R. (2010).  Writing assessment and the revolution in digital texts and technologies.  New York: Teachers College.  153p

The author’s purpose is “to illuminate several points of intersection between writing assessments and technology to show how the cultural expectations of technologies shape our expectations of writing assessment.”   Dr. Neal differentiates between writing assessments as technologies – using information to make educational decisions – and writing assessment with technologies, mechanization of assessment practices and procedures using digital technologies.  He calls for a technological informed perspective on writing assessment, framed by the search for a reliable algorithm and machine scoring of student writing, concerns about response time and placement in the appropriate composition section and about the challenges of labor, criteria, fairness, and cost effectiveness, and the development of ePortfolio systems to collect assessment data.  Mindful that “hyperactive hypertechs,” students who actively practice 21st century literacies – blogs, Facebook, multimodal media, need special hyperattention and hypersensitive, Dr. Neals describes successful models of using ePortfolios and hypermedia for writing assessment that emphasizes connectivity, pacing, relevance, and reflection.  He concludes that writing experts should encourage thoughtful and reflective explorations of new technologies, attach writing assessment to teaching and learning, and consider the social and educational consequences of assessing student writing.

Choice review submitted on 12/26/10

3) Monticelli, A.-M. (Writer-Producer) and Jacobs, S. (Producer/Director). (2008). Disgrace [Motion picture].   Australia/South Africa:  Fortissimo Films, Sherman Films, Whitest Pouring Films and Wild Strawberries.    

Professor of romantic poetry in a Cape Town university (John Malkovich) seduces one of his students and before a university is willing to plead guilty but it not sure how we would change his behavior.    Exiled to live with his daughter and her community in rural, post-apartheid east Cape, they are attacked by three neighbors, resulting in a pregnancy, the daughter’s marriage to an elder to maintain her farm.  David Lurie seeks forgiveness from parents of student he seduced, who appears in a play about racial politics in South Africa.

4) Segev, Tom (2010).  Simon Wiesenthal: The life and legends.  New York: Doubleday.

A detailed biography with gossip, allegations, conflicts with Kriesky, Waldheim, the Vienna Jewish community, Israel, Wiesel, discussions of the role played by Wiesenthal in bringing Nazis to justice, development of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.  A complex story for a complicated personality and a conflicted time.  Some question the validity of the Sunflower story.  1/11/11

5) Prensky, Marc (2010).  Teaching Digital Natives:  Partnering for Real Learning.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Prensky has noticed that today’s students want to be more in control of their learning.  New tools and technologies, what Prensky calls nouns, enable a student-teacher partnership that focus on active learning verbs and real, creation of knowledge.  A stress on people and passions, partnering pedagogy expands the roles of both the students and teachers for greater participation in the global society.  1/18/11

6)  Bellow, Saul (edited by Benjamin Taylor). Saul Bellow: Letters.
New York: Viking, 2010.

A good reference of less than a quarter of Saul Bellow’s letters, with a good index to see how he interacted with Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, Chaim Potok, and other writers and friends.    3/18/11

Spring 2011

7) Brand, Stewart (2010).  Whole Earth Discipline:  Why Dense Cities, Nuclear Power, Transgenic Corps, Restored Wildlands, and Geoengineering are Necessary.  New York:  Penquin Books.

Surprising text from the founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, showing a faith in technology applications that differs from his past attitudes.  He argues for a scientific approach to planet planning, looking at the costs and benefits of innovations and resistance to change.  Will be discussed in April as our annual Earth Day reading group.  4/1/11 – read while traveling to Jamaica and poolside at Toby’s Resort

8) Coetzee, J.M. (1999).  Disgrace.  New York:  Penguin Books.

Read after seeing the film.  Supports some of the details of the film.  Still not clear about the ethnicity of the Isaacs family.  More emphasis on the tangled life of Byron.   4/1/11 – read poolside at Toby’s Resort, Montego Bay

9)  Coetzee, J.M. (1974).  Dusklands.  New York:  Penguin Books.

Two novellas. One on a semiotic analyst who becomes harmful after studying how symbols might be used in Vietnam to destroy and conquer.  The second on a supposed Afrikaans ancestor of the author who explores, becomes ill in the interior of South Africa, and repays the Hottentot villagers by destroying their way of life.  4/1/11 -read poolside and then on the way to Atlanta

10) A Jewish Feminine Mystique?:  Jewish Women in Postwar America.  Edited by Diner, Hasia R.; Kohn, Shira; and Kranson, Rachel. (2010).  New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press.

Jewish women’s roles before and after Betty Friedan’s 1963 The Feminine Mystique.  Includes an interesting history of women’s roles in the reconstructionist Society for the Advancement of Judaism, Jewish women stand-up comics, Jennie Grossinger, Marjorie Morningstar, Judy Holliday, Hadassah, and political women from 1930s on.  4/3/11

11)  Coetzee, J.M. (1980).  Waiting for the Barbarians.  New York:  Penguin Books.

A magistrate on the border of an Empire cares for a young woman crippled by his army’s torturers and returns her to her people.  Upon return, he is put in jail for supporting the enemy, as they continue to attack their fort, which is slowly disappearing into the desert. 4/13/11

12) Coetzee, J.M. (1976).  In the Heart of the Country.  New York:  Penguin Books.

Written in an unique style with numbered sections, this story of a woman raised in the borderland with a cold father, who brings a new bride to the home or hires a handyman whose wife he dallies with or who is killed by his daughter with the support of the handyman and his wife.  In any case, told in the woman’s voice, this is another disturbing story of isolation, sexual exploitation, and ethnic miscommunication and tensions. 4/16/11

13) Hijuelos, Oscar (2010).  Beautiful Maria of My Soul.  New York:  Hyperion. 

Companion novel to The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, this romance describes the life of a country girl lost in the cabarets of Havana, her relationships with sometimes violent men, her love of one of the Mambo Kings, Nestor, Nestor’s connections with I Love Lucy, and life in Miami and New York for the Cuban exiles.  Antonio Banderas & Mambo All Stars sing Beautiful Maria Of My Soul at   050411.

14) Glasser, Irene (1988, 2010).   More than Bread: Ethnography of a Soup Kitchen.  Tuscaloosa, AL:  The University of Alabama Press.

Research study of our local soup kitchen, describing it as a social center, a living room for a community that suffers from mental illness and poverty.  Through in-depth interviews, data collection, and a review of literature, the author illustrates the social dislocations caused by the closing of regional mental hospitals.  Irene, a professor emetirus from Eastern, who now is associated with Brown University and lives part-time in Newport, added in an updated epilogue that soup kitchens have become permanent fixtures in many cities and small towns in the US.  Few are as full service – with breakfast, lunch, and some dinners, a food bank, and some involvement of social services – as this soup kitchen.  051411

15) Spotlight on technology in education: No. 7 in the Harvard Education Letter Spotlight Series , ed.
by Nancy Walser, foreword by Will Richardson. Cambridge, MA:  Harvard Education Press.  ISBN 978-1-934742-89.

This collection of short essays is founded on the premise that “it’s no longer a question of whether technology is affecting education, but rather how and how much.”  In the foreword, Will Richardson, a leader on web tools in the classroom, comments that this text offers “an exceedingly well-rounded launching pad … as we begin to more full imagine where we can go as learners with these new globally networked technologies.”   Editor Nancy Walser predicts that “technology may hold the key to important breakthroughs in both policy and practice.”  With chapters on “how to help middle school students avoid getting tangled up in the web” while researching, “how blogs, wikis, and podcasts are changing the classroom,” mobile computing in the classroom, teaching 21st century skills, video games for encouraging students to learn and to achieve on tests, computer-based accountability and more effective testing, laptop programs, distance learning and blended schooling, and online professional development, this text overviews the potential for educational technology in the second decade of this century.  Discussions of assessment by electronic portfolios, the integration of international connections, and media production for learning would have enhanced this text.  Choice review, 052911

16) Greene, Bob and Winfrey, Oprah (1996).  Make the Connection: Ten Steps to a Better Body – and a Better Life.  New York:  Hyperion.

Oprah’s account of up and down weight loss, followed by her physical trainer in Colorado.  A discussion of the psychological need for food, friends who do not help and those who enable weight loss, Ten steps:

“1) exercise aerobically, five to seven days each week (preferably in the morning),

2) exercise in the zone (at a level seen or eight),

3) exercise for 20 to 60 minutes each exercise session,

4) eat a low-fat, balanced diet ach day,

5) eat three meals and two snacks each day,

6) limit or eliminate alcohol,

7) stop eating two or three hours before bedtime,

8) drink six to eight classes of water each day,

9) have at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables each day, and

10) renew your commitment to healthy living each day (daily renewal).”

Read during the week that Ms. Winfrey retired from her television program.

Summer 2011

17) Wynn, Charles M. Sr. & Wiggins, Arthur W. (2011).  And God Said “Let there be Evolution.”  All Things that Matter Press.

Dr.  Wynn, a chemistry professor at Eastern CSU and a friend,  developed this text, which is primarily the writings of 3 scientists-religious adherents of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam – Howard J. Van Till, a former professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI; Rabbi Daivd E. Kay of Congregation Ohev Shalom in Orlando and biomedical researchers, and Dr. T.O. Shanavas, a Muslim scientist and pediatrician in Adrian, MI.  They respond to two questions – what scientific evidence can you provide to help convince people of all faiths to accept science’s theory of evolution? and How have you reconciled science’s theory of evolution with the scriptures of your faith?  I learned about concordism – seeking biblical reference for scientific observations, that the ancients did not take the text of the Torah literally but sought the deeper lessons, and that Muslim scholars did not think that the six days of Creation were 24-hour days.  The editors conclude optimistically with the words of Daniel Pearl’s mother that “every person in every civilized society should aspire to uphold openness, pluralism, understanding, freedom and inquiry, truth, and respect for people.”

18) Shable, Meir (2007), translated by Evan Fallenburg, A Pigeon and a Boy: A Novel.  New York:  Schocken Books.

Fable connecting Palmach pigeon handlers in the 1940s with a tour guide, particularly for international bird-watchers, his family, friends, two houses, and two “luveys”.  The allegory includes discussions of the role of American Jews in purchasing land in Israel, marital relationships doomed by miscarriages, a pigeon delivering a vial of the semen of a dying young man to his love, and the search for a home for both people and birds.  Was a TBI book club discussion focus.  061211

19) Lipstadt, Deborah E. (2011).  The Eichmann Trial.  New York:  Schocken.

Influenced by the libel trial against her by David Irving in 1995, Dr. Lipstadt accounts the legal, political, and social impact of the Aldolf Eichmann trial in Jerusalem in the early 1960s.  She describes the changes in Israeli and world attitudes towards the victims of the Holocaust after the trial and the redefinition of the Shoah.  She argues that Eichmann’s evil was not banal and that Israeli society returned to a great inclusion of the Jewish people as a result of the trial.

20) Caine, Renate N. and Caine, Geoffrey (2011).  Natural learning for a connected world:
education, technology, and the human brain.  New York:  Teachers College, Columbia Press.

The authors contrast the two competing worlds that educate – the world of television, technology and video gaming that they call videotech and the world of the transmission/direct instruction meme, common in schools.  Citing Prensky’s list of essential skills for the 21st century – “knowing the right thing to do, getting it done, doing it with others, doing it creatively, and constantly doing it better”,  they conclude that these skills “cannot be developed by way of transmission or direct instruction.”   Building on neuroscience, they believe that the foundation of learning from life is the “perception/action dynamic” – learners gathering useful information to manipulate their environment and themselves, building rich neural networks by applying real-world knowledge.  The optimal state of mind for learning includes “a sense of personal control, health and rest, a sense of meaning and purpose, manageable tasks and projects, meaningful parameters, even if strict, positive attitude, belief in one’s capabilities, resilience, and support.”  The authors provide examples of successful schools, but the text would have benefited from more references from the International Society for Technology in Education, from computer-using educators associations, and from instructional design research literature. 07/26/11 –  Choice Review.

21) Turkle, Sherry (2011).  Alone Together:  Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.  New York:  Basic Books.

“In October 2009, the author, an MIT professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, went to her local synagogue for Yiskor, the special Yom Kippur service that remembers the dead. There she heard the rabbi deliver a sermon about the importance of talking to the deceased and communicating four messages to them: “I’m sorry. Thank you. I forgive you. I love you.” Professor Turkle’s text stresses this communication, increasingly not face to face, and how social media and technology has changed the way we interact.  Before this discussion on social media, she relates how technology has increasingly become interactive and insightful, well beyond ELIZA and approaching abilities to be intimate with humans.   At the same time, she notes that young people would often prefer using text then to call, that people at meetings can’t resist texting others, and that letter-writing is in decline.  Professor Turkle also warns of the permanency of information on the web, introduces MyLifeBits, a possible platform for lifelong documentation of learning and social development, and calls for reclaiming our concentration, solitude, and living fully in the moment.

22) Journalist and Writers Foundation (n.d. – recent).  Understanding Fethullah Gülen.  Istanbul:  Journalist and Writers Foundation.  (website –

Given to our group after we visited the foundation’s headquarter in Asian Istanbul.  From the text, which is transparent – including articles raising issues about the Gülen Movement, I learned that Gülen’s major influence started with adult education in Izmir, that he founded the Zaman newspapers and other media outlets, spoke out against terrorism on 9/12/01, and values love, people of heart, tolerance, humanity, education, real teachers, bringing up the young, freedom, democracy, art, environment and nature.  There are “Gülen” schools in Turkey, in Turkic nations newly separated from Russia, the Phillipines, the United States, … including the Putnam (CT) Science Academy –   In Turkey, the movement is known as Hismet – service.     072611

23) Arum, Richard  and Roksa, Josipa (2011).  Academically adrift: Limited learning on college campuses.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.   LA227.4.A78 2011  

Our library is lending an UNCORRECTED page proofs of this text, that received some press a few months ago when the authors generalized that students at 4-year colleges are not learning much during the first two years of their undergraduate education.  They based this finding on a suvery of over 2,300 students in 24 four-year universities throughout the United States that make use of the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) system for formative assessment – testing entering students in 2005 and then again at the end of their second year in 2007.  (At Eastern, we have administered the assessment system with entering and 4-year graduating students.)  The CLA is designed to measure critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing.  They found that on average students in the sample had improved these skills by only 0.18 standard deviations or a 7 percentile point gain.  The authors categorize this gain as resulting from limited learning.  They report that students in their sample on average 12 hours a week of out of class study, that less than half the students in selective and least selective colleges in their sample have taken courses with more than 20 pages of writing and 40 pages of reading per week, and that many students do not discuss their academic planning or other advisement issues with their faculty advisors on a regular basis.  They discuss multi-faceted factors like ethnicity, majors, forms of financial aid, and selectivity of institutions that may predict the potential of learning.  The text includes a history of changes in the goals of higher education, recommendation on reforming higher education but adding to the rigor of the community, and a large section on the methodology.  One conclusion of special note, the authors cite the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ recommendation that “capstone courses and portfolios provide promising anchors for a meaningful approach to educational accountability” (page 139). 080911

24) Spring, Joel H  (2004).    Deculturalization and the struggle for equality: A brief history of the education of dominated cultures in the United States:  Fourth edition.  Boston: McGraw-Hill.   LC3731.S68 2004  

Comprehensive introduction to how the “Anglo-American” culture and those who supported its values made use of education to limit access to the benefits of United States society.  Featured in Professor Spring’s analyses are the history of intercultural conflicts between the “white” culture and Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos – particularly Mexican-Americans and Puerto Ricans, changing educational philosophies designed to assimilated these groups into the wider society or to limit their territorial influence, and the impact of the civil rights movement on schooling in the US.  080911

25) Noddings, Nel (1992).   The challenge to care in schools: An alternative approach to education.  New York: Teachers College Press.  LC311 N57 1992   

This text and the one before were donated to the library by Professor Richard Reynolds upon his retirement this summer.  Professor Noddings, a strong proponent of the educational philosophy of John Dewey, calls for more caring in school and a turn from liberal education in schools and the uses of behavioral objectives.  Education should be more student-centered and the focus should be on caring and on emphasizing the multiple intelligences of the learner.  Caring themes including caring for continuity; self; the inner circle of relatives and friends; strangers and distant others; animals, plants, and the world; the human-made world; and for ideas.   Echoes of this philosophy may be seen in the school movement to form clusters or houses – smaller groupings of students – around interest themes; themed residential halls; and counseling and advisement of students.  080911

26) Paterson, Katherine (1978).  The Great Gilly Hopkins.  New York:  Harper Trophy.

Story of 6th grade foster child, placed in a home with a seasoned foster mother, Ms. Trotter, an abused boy, and a dinner guest neighborhood, blind African American man, in Maryland near DC.  Smart, sullen, and resistant, Gilly schemes to steal money from Mr. Randolph and Ms. Trotter to buy an one-way ticket to San Francisco to live with her mother.  After nursing her family through a flu epidemic, Gilly’s grandmother makes contact and she is placed with her in Virginia.  Lessons learned include caring for others, adjusting to one’s situation, and moving beyond race to form lasting relationships.  This book has been used by the SIFT faculty members for many years.  081611

27) Partington, John S., editor (2011).  The Life, Music and Thought of Woody Guthrie:  A Critical Appraisal.  Farnham, Surrey, England:  Ashgate Publishing Limited. 

Essays on the roles of Woody Guthrie, his roots in Oklahoman politics, American literature and folk traditions, and his relationships with Pete Seeger, Alan Lomax, Will Geer, and Bob Dylan.  Beyond his image as the author of “This Land”, this text presents a complex picture of the influence of Guthrie on music in the US and England.  081711

28) Ohler, Jason (2008).  Digital storytelling in the classroom:  New media pathways to literacy, learning, and creativity.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press.  090311

The author stresses literacy development for all storytelling, including those that make use of technology applications.  He reviews the foundations of story creation, the importance of audio and digital toolbox, the media production process, and techniques to assess digital storytelling (DST).  The text is suppoted by Ohler, Jason (2011).  Retrived from

29) Ormiston, Meghan J. (2004).  Conquering infoClutter:  Timeshaving technology solutions for teachers.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press.  090311

Discussion of sharing internet resources, plagiarism, legal issues for the classroom, managing technology in the classroom, connecting home and schol, … This text is supported by Ormiston, Meg (2011).  Transforming Teaching Today, Retrieved from , a resourceful website that includes information on creating short videos, using web 2.0 applications, storing files, …

30) Aleichem, Sholom, translated Shevrin, Aliza (1917, 1982).  Marienbad.  New York:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons.  101311

Through a series of letters, and at the end telegrams, the accounting of the seemingly wealthy Jews from Nalevkis (a wealthy neighborhood in Warsaw) and other Jewish communities away from Marienbad, a German spa for the over-weight and those seeking husbands for their daughters or affairs with the younger wives of older husbands.   References to the religious, the Zionist conference, immigration to the US, business in the Jewish diaspora, and marital relationships provide a picture of Eastern European Jewry prior to World War I.   A Temple Bnai Israel book club selection for discussion  on 103011.St

31) Stearns, Jason K. (2011).  Dancing in the glory of monsters:  The collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa.  New York:  Public Affairs. 101311

A detailed accounting of the ethnic clashes in central Africa that led to the collapse of Rwanda and Zaire, regional and continental wars and genocide, and the individuals, clans, and ethnic groups caught up in the turmoil and chaos of nation states created without recognition of cultural relationships and histories.  The profiles of key individuals illustrate how history may be formed by individuals’ need for vengeance, their search for opportunities, and their allegiances to family, clan, and ethnic group before nation-state.

32)  Warschauer, Mark (2011). Learning in the cloud: how (and why) to transform schools with digital media. New York: Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Warschauer, Professor of Education and Informatics, University of California, Irvine, asks “if our goals for education are academic achievement, 21st-century learning, and educational equity, then what are the hardware, software, and digital content tools we need to succeed?”  He calls the four critical functions of learning that digital media help enable “the four Cs:  content, community, construction, and composition”.  The author provides analyses of exemplar school programs, some which have succeeded using technology and some which have not, explaining why.  He reviews the applications of netbooks, free and open source software, social media, cloud computing, media tablets, and digital content in school settings.  Successful schools adjust
curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment, combining these elements using understanding by design.  Dr. Warschauer explores
the sociotechnical infrastructure of schools by discussing devices provided by schools,“bring your own technology” (BYOT) policies, school leadership, teachers, and opportunities to “remake our schools … to prepare students for successful
participation in a rapidly changing world.  The text would have benefited from more discussion on electronic portfolios for the assessment of learning, the potential of mobile technologies in the classroom, and a webliography of online curricular resources. 102711

33) Jukes, Ian;  McCain, Ted; and Crockett, Lee (2010).  Living on the future edge:  Windows on tomorrow.  Kelowna, BC:  21st Century Fluency Project and Corwin.

This book is about change resulting from new technologies.  It includes discussions on the importance of paradigms, the need to plan multiple steps ahead like a chess player or a quarterback, trends – exponentially growing power of technology as suggested by Moore’s law – the processing power and speed would double every 24 months, with price declining by 50%; the increased uses of photonics – transmission of information by light; and the internet’s expansion; and the infoWhelm – ever-widening gap between what we understand and what we think we should understand.  They reviewed how disruptive innovations have the potential to change education, moving schooling’s emphasis away from agriculture, working, service, to the creative.  Students need to be fluent in solution, creativity, collaboration, media, and information.  Educators need to be people with dual focus – short-term and long-term goals, guides, process instructors, crafters of problems, facilitators of 21st century fluencies, users of technology, holistic evaluators, modelers, and lifelong learners. 110111

34) Palfrey, John and Gasser, Urs (2008). Born digital:  Understanding the first generaton of digital natives.  New York: Basic Books.

The authors discuss identities, dossiers, privacy, safety, creators, pirates, quality, overload, aggressors, innovators, learners, activists, and synthesis of digital natives and the future they will develop and live in, the roles of parents and educators in guiding them through these issues, and the challenges to individuals and societies.  110111

35) Delpit, Lisa (2006).  Other people’s children:  Cultural conflict in the classroom.  New York:  The New Press.

Dr. Delpit is Eminent Scholar and Executive Director of the Center for Urban Educational Excellence at Florida International University in Miami.  This text, a wide-ranging of essays, examines why state writing projects do not meet the needs of diversity in schools for they don’t necessarily teach sufficiently literacy skills; the silenced dialogue – when students and educators are  stereotyped and expected to represent their ethnicity; the importance of respecting the child’s home language, questioning skills, oral styles, and teaching literacy skills; the quest for modernity and authenticity in Papua New Guinea; the importance of context in the teaching and learning of reading in Alaska and inner-city schools; overcoming labels and stereotypes in teacher education programs and the importance of the social context in learning and support among diverse students and teachers. 112111

36) Mullen, Ann L. (2010).  Degrees of inequality:  Culture, class, and gender in American higher education.  Baltimore:  The John Hopkins University Press.

The author compares the ambitions, attitudes towards learning, deciding and choosing universities, experiences with college life, and majors and their studies, and the habitus – a set of dispositions that structure perceptions, practices, and lines of action – of 50 students at Yale and 50 students at Southern CSU.  The expansion of higher education and access does not necessarily increase educational attainment or reduce inequality.  “The US seems to be comfortable with maintaining the illusion of equality of opportunity while turning a blind eye to increasing inequality.” 112111

37) Baylor College of Medicine (2004-2011).  K8 Science. Retrieved from

The K8 Science website is designed at the Baylor College of Medicine, with the support of a wide-range of school district, foundation, and national grants, as an “online educational resource for educators, students, and parents”, … utilizing “state-of-the-art technology to provide instant access to reliable, up-to-date information and educational tools in life, physical, and earth/space sciences appropriate for grades K-8.”  The website makes use of  streaming video presentations by “national thought leaders in elementary and middle school science, classroom management, science standards, and other key issues in education”, a slide library of  “exciting and relevant lesson plans and activities from hundreds of searchable slides developed by our Editorial Board and contributors’, editors’ news picks on current science news, and teacher resources with downloadable inquiry science lessons “designed to meet national and state education standards.”  The Editorial Board includes science educators, university faculty, and school teachers and administrators.  Although other organizations, like the American Chemical Society, EducationWorld, Annenberg Foundation, and school districts, offer online resources, the K8 Science website provides teachers’ curriculum guides to develop exploration of such topics as butterflies in space and the science of water, featured video streaming expert speakers, featured lessons and resources, and podcasts to enhance lessons.  The website also links to BioEd Online, resources for biology teachers; videos, audios, and PowerPoint slide sets for presentations in Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth Space Science;  K8 science classroom lesson plans: teacher resources aligned to national science education standards; news items from Nature News; online workshops from Baylor College of Medicine; and an available discussion forum; and “short topical summaries and annotated slides on ‘Hot Topics,’ areas of biology that are receiving national attention.”  This website would best serve teacher candidates, current teachers, science educators, and those in the general audience who are interested in science.  112411

38) de Rosnay, Tatiana (2007).  Sarah’s Key. New York:  St. Martin’s Griffin.

Tragic story of a young girl, who locked her brother in a closet to escape a round-up of French Jews in July 1942, escaped from detention camp, insisted that some righteous gentiles take her to liberate her brother, and finds him dead.  Integrated with the story of a journalist in Paris who follows the story, discovers that it was connected to her husband’s family and the apartment that they are renovating, researches the rest of the girl’s life, and tells Sarah’s song the story of her life that  had been kept from him.  Also saw the film at the student center, paired with Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s presentation before a packed Betty Tipton Room, on her real history and 4 perfect pebbles.   120411

39) Richler, Mordechai (1992).  Oh Canada!  Oh Quebec!:  Requiem for a divided country.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf.

In depth political analysis of the unsettled relationship between Quebec and Canada. Some discussion of Quebecois attitudes towards Jews, the separatist movement and other movements that an independent Quebec would stimulate.  120811

40) Richler, Mordechai (1998).  Barney’s version: With footnotes and an afterword by Michael Panofsky.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf.

Tale of a Montreal Jewish culture worker, his loves, his friends, and his struggles before in Europe and in Quebec.  I did recently see the film, which has the general outline of the book but moves the storyline around.  120811

Winter 2010

1) Gandara, Patricia C and Contreras, Frances (2009).  The Latino education crisis: the consequences of failed social policies. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009  LC2669.G36 2009

case studies and review of the research on integration Latino students in K-12 schools and universities.  Concludes that change is needed in better health care and access to social services, subsidized preschool programs, housing desegregation and stabilization initiatives, target recruitment and better prepartion for teachers, immigration policy reform, support for dual-language education, dropout prevention and college-access programs.

2) Roth, Philip (2009).  The Humbling.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Simon Axler, 66-year old actor, fails in MacBeth at the Kennedy Center and spends 26 days in hospital, spending time with those who comtemplated suicide, including a mother who fears for her daughter, having been found with her step-father.  Returns to his upcountry home in New York, on the Vermont border, Washington County, where he connects with the daughter of actor friends, an instructor in earth science at a private school in Vermont, who had left her lover in Bozeman when she wanted to become a man.  Affair lasts for a few months – with visits from the parents, purchases of clothes, a menage with a woman picked up at an inn – and then Pegeen leaves.  Actor exits as an actor – playing out the role of Konstantin Gavrilovich from the Seagull – found in his attic next to his shot gun and a note.

3) Religion and the American presidency: George Washington to George W. Bush with commentary and primary sources, edited by Gaston Espinosa (2009). New York: Columbia University Press.  BR516.R348 2009

increasing role of religion among the presidents at the end of the 20th century.  Eisenhower’s role in integrating religion as anti-communistic strategy, Kennedy return to a more secular perspective, Nixon’s religious practices, Reagan’s religious allusions, the Bush family’s religious evolution, Clinton on forgiveness

4) Maathai, Wangari (2009). The challenge for Africa.   New York : Pantheon Books.  JQ1875.M33 2009

discussion by Nobel Peace Prize winner for the Greenbelt project, Kenyan biology professor, on self-esteem issues in Africa, including the role of the church in developing dependency, panthers and hippos,

5) Auletta, Ken (2009).  Googled: the end of the world as we know it.  New York: Penguin Press.  HD9696.8.U64 G6623

evolution of Google – Montesorri, university faculty parents, Jewish, Stanford backgrounds of Sergey Brin and Larry Page, innovations and commerce

6) Bartusiak, Marcia (2009). The day we found the universe.  New York: Pantheon Books.  QB15.B37 2009

from growth of gigantic telescopes in Southern California to Hubble telescope

7) Kelly, Frank S.; McCain, Ted; and Jukes, Ian (2009).  Teaching the digital generation:  No more cookie-cutter high schools.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.    ISBN 978-1-4129-3927-0.  Accompanying website –

A review for CECA’s e-newsletter

The authors of this challenging text, concerned citizens coming from diverse backgrounds –an architect and school planner, a veteran educator, and a consultant in educational program development, suggest that “those who work in the school system are victims of TTWWADI – That’s The Way We’ve Always Done It.”  They describe the industrial age high school as being more teacher centered than student centered, more focused on group instead of individual teaching and learning, more teacher and text than digital, more interested in knowledge and content skills than content + problem-solving skills, and in traditional content rather than 21st-century literacies.  Current high schools are organized in departments and disciplines instead of being interdisciplinary, more focused on classroom theory instead of real-world relevance, and the school year and the school day is fixed and traditional instead of being flexible.  The responsibility for learning is placed on the teacher rather than the student and student support is placed on counselors instead of teacher-advisors.  Learning takes place in teachers’ rooms instead of personal workspaces and spatial arrangements are durable and permanent instead of responsive and flexible.  Most industrial age high schools have large enrollments instead of small, scalable enrollments, course offerings include core + broad elective subjects instead of just core subjects, extracurricular activities are extensive instead of minimal in smaller settings, and there are high costs for both staff and facilities in these industrial age schools.   They compare the current high school was academy schools, which “integrate core and elective or career studies in small learning communities,” instructional centers, which “utilize different modes of instruction and different periods of time to serve varied subjects and diverse student needs,” academic focus schools, which have “one clear priority – graduate every student ready for college,” learning lab schools, which “use projects to integrate disciplines, to develop higher order thinking skills, and to create a relevant, motivating, real-world context for the students’ studies,” self-directed learning schools, which “provide individualized instruction within a campus context,” individualized instruction, in which “each student had a learning plan based on his or her personal interest and needs,” cyber schools, which “is not a physical place, but a service, available to students anytime, anywhere,” and diverse learning communities, which provide “students with multiple choices of instructional programs, teaching methods, and learning methods, all on a single campus.”  The authors close with asking the readers to understand that there are “many ways to organize high schools,” that “the industrial model is not the ‘standard’ school suitable for most students,” and that “we must rethink traditional schools, we must rethink learning, we must rethink teaching – and we need to do it now!”

8) Beavan, Colin (2009).  No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process.  New York:  Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.  ISBN: 9780374222888

Experiment in living more simply in New York City – avoiding individual transportation, carbon footprints, moving to less or no use of electricity, no trash, … change in family relationships and in health

Blog –

No Impact Experiment: Welcome! –

Story of Stuff, Full Version; How Things Work, About Stuff –

9) Albom, Mitch (2009). Have a Little Faith: A True Story.  New York:  Hyperion.  

Asked by his rabbi to write the rabbi’s eulogy, Mr. Albom writes the biographies of Rabbi Albert Lewis of Temple Beth Shalom of Cherry Hill, NJ and Pastor Henry Covington of Pilgrim Church/I Am My Brother’s Keeper Ministry in downtown Detroit, MI.  A study in faith, individual struggles with poverty and old age, attitudes towards religion, and connections between people.  Shared by Dr. Ken Parzych, work-out friend, who is a devout Catholic.

Spring 2010

10) Morrison, Toni (2008). A mercy.  New York: Knopf.  PS3563.O8749 M47 2008

In Maryland in the 1680s, Dutch businessman accepts young woman as part payment for a debt.  Florens enters a household of immigrants to a new world, where all are seeking support to outcome illness, racial, gender, and religious intolerance.  Good details on cultural conflict and compromise in making a new society.

11) Morreall, John, (2009).  Comic relief: a comprehensive philosophy of humor.  Chichester, U.K.; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. PN6149.P5 M67 2009

Socrates as first stand-up comic.  Analyzing humor – 1) be honest about strengths and weaknesses, 2) think critically about authorities and institutions, 3) be wary of people persuasive behavior, 4) keep your cool and think, 5) stay mentally flexible, 6) everyone has a story, 7) humans belong in communities, 8) violence should be last resort, and 9) live the life of a rational animal.

12) Marcus, Alan S., Metzger, Scott, A., Paxton, Richard J., and Stoddard, Jeremy D. (2010).  Teaching history with film: strategies for secondary social studies.  New York:  Routledge.


The authors, faculty members at 4 different universities, write that “this book has one central purpose:  to offer strategies for effective, educationally meaningful film-based instruction in support of rigorous inquiry in the past and, to a lesser degree, goals of democratic values of tolerance and citizenship in the present.”  The text is structured to explore applications of film to teach history, develop empathy, analytical and interpretive skills, teach about controversial issues, and to visualize the past and provide a historical narrative, with curriculum developed by pre-collegiate teachers illustrating these objectives.  The authors discuss the challenges of using film as a historical text, film selection, and scheduling films within the classroom.  Using historical documentaries and popular films to enhance an ethno-history of the Hmong people curricular unit is shown to develop empathy and caring. The uses of films may also challenge students’ beliefs and accepted perspectives of historical events.   Curricular units using films as primary documents and secondary sources, as tools to teach about contemporary and historic controversial issues, and to visualize the past are enhanced by creative accompanying activities and reflections by the teachers and students who implemented them.

13) Galton, Maurice J. and MacBeath, John (2008).   Teachers under pressure. Los Angeles : SAGE ; [London] : National Union of Teachers, 2008.  

discussion of the changing roles of teachers in England and several other commonwealth nations.  Introduction of PPA time – planning, preparation, and assessment), increase in support staff – teaching assistants, SEN (special needs) support staff, minority ethnic support staff, secretaries, bursars, other clerical staff, meddical staff, librarians, technicians.  Response by Education secretary, Ruth Kelly, in 2007 – “what will teachers be doing ten years from now?”  Response – “They’ll be managing learning; not teaching.”  Third world of inclusion – between isolation and full inclusion – blended support in the classroom.

14) Cogswell, David (2007).  Chomsky for beginners; illustrated by Paul Gordon/  Danbury, CT: For Beginners.  P85.C47 C64 2007 

comic style biography and discussion of the ideas of Noam Chomsky, MIT linguist, political philosopher.  Good introduction to the major themes of thought in the last century.

15) Kaplan, Mordecai M.  (1948). Basic Values in Jewish Religion.   New York:  The Reconstructionist Press.

Choices made by post-war society – spiritual selection, faith, hope, humility, inner freedom, patience, thankfulness, justice, love, creative doubt.  Part of the Future of the American Jew series.  Notions of Judaism as a dynamic religious civilization, with distinct stages of spiritual evolution, next state – replenishment of Jewish culture – reconstitution of Jewish people – reclamation of land of Israel, renewal of covenant, formation of organic Jewish communities.  Revitalization of Jewish religion – through free inquiry, diversity in world outlook, continuity of religion through diversity of belief and practice, traditional conception of Torah – ethical culture, ritual culture, and esthetic culture.  Every people live in two civilizations – blend of historic civilization with modern national civilization, loyalty to Judaism measured by active participation.

16) Hayes, William (2008).  No Child Left Behind:  Past, Present, and Future.  Lanham:  Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Discussion of lack of funding, confusion over state assessment vs. NAEP, effects on achievement in other subjects, other federal initiatives, reauthorization process, future trends – national standards and exams?, choice, reading first and publishers

17) Kushner, Harold S. (2001).  Living a life that matters:  Resolving the conflict between conscience and success.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Finding good in one’s self and in others, Jacob’s dreams as internal conflict, self-definition and individual goals, the problem with getting even, shalom in integrity, we are who we love, supporting roles in others’ lives, getting to matter

18) Sarna, Jonathan D. (2004).  American Judaism:  A History.  New Haven:  Yale University Press.

From New Amsterdam on – a history of diversity of religious expression, rabbis not as leaders until 1860s, Jews in civil war, immigration and effects on worship – fear of loss of practice in the USA, renewal in past decades

19) Goldman, Ari L. (2000).  Being Jewish:  The spiritual and cultural practice of Judaism today.  New York:  Simon & Schuster.

By NY Times writer to demonstrate he knows Judaism, good introduction to Reconstructionism, diverse practices, divided into the Jewish life, year, day

Other books to read – Goldman’s The Search for God at Harvard,

Karen Armstrong’s A History of God,

Zachary Karabell’s Peace be upon you

From the CECA bookshelf –

20) Peters, Laurence (2009).  Global education:  Using technology to bring the world to your students.  Eugene, Oregon:  International Society for Technology in Education,  ISBN 978-1-56484-258-9

Dr. Peters, who has taught in high schools and universities and served as a counsel in Congress and with the US Department of Education, introduces global education using a definition offered by Coumantarakis as “teaching and learning with a global perspective:  recognizing the interdependencies and interconnections of issues, regions, peoples, places, systems, and times;  infusing global issues, such as sustainable development, environmental care, peace, and human rights, into traditional  subjects areas; working toward active, responsible global citizenship and building a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.”  The text includes a survey of global networks designed to facilitate global connections like iEarn, ePals, eTwinning, Global Nomads, Global Schoolhouse, and Global Relief; an introduction on how to use web 2.0 tools like wikis and blogs to support global awareness; and guidance on classroom collaboration and curriculum development, with some sample lesson plans.   Web resources and a companion video may be found at .

21) Ribble, Mike (2009).  Raising a digital child:  A digital citizenship handbook for parents.  Eugene, Oregon:  International Society for Technology in Education,  ISBN 978-1-56484-250-3

Dr. Ribble, who has served as a classroom biology teacher, a secondary school administrator, a network manager for a community college, and a university instructor, outlines a Digital Citizen Creed states that “as digital citizens, we pledge to help create a society that strives to use technology appropriately…The following nine elements form the basis for appropriate technology use:  digital access, digital commerce, digital communication, digital literacy, digital etiquette, digital law, digital rights and responsibilities, digital healthy and wellness, and digital security.”  Through this texts, parents might gain knowledge of these nine elements, which would empower them to  discuss the teaching of digital citizenship in their children’s classroom.  Dr. Ribble also provide opportunities to practice strategies to resolve challenging scenarios using a “21st Century Digital Compass.” A segment of the text appears at for a strong introduction to this important topic.

22) Hartnell-Young, Elizabeth and Morris, Maureen (2007).  Digital portfolios:  Powerful tools for promoting professional growth and reflection:  Second edition.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press, ISBN 978-1-4129-4930-9.

The authors, a research fellow at the University of Nottingham, UK and a teaching veteran and educator from Australia, respectively, founded in the 1990s women@thecuttingedge to encourage the development of digital portfolios for professional enhancement and creativity.   They discuss the aspects of ePortfolios, the more commonly used term for digital portfolios, and provide references to other studies on their applications as a digital repository, a collection of authentic and diverse evidence, controlled by the owner, a toolbox for students and knowledge workers, an information management system, digital stories of deep learning, and an inventory of acquired knowledge skills, and abilities.  The authors outline ten steps to creating an ePortfolio – 1) establishing a personal archive, 2) clarifying and articulating values and vision, 3) articulating purpose and context, 4) listing the elements that form the structure, 5) selecting evidence from the personal archive, 6) developing a concept map, 7) choosing the appropriate software, 8) writing an introduction for each element, 9) reflecting on artifacts and elements, and 10) reflecting on the portfolio as a whole. They also discuss strategies for maintaining, presenting, and evaluating ePortfolios and changes in learning and teaching that would result from their wide-spread use – including global networking, lifelong learning, and “bluetooth-enabled tombstones.”

23) Trolley, Barbara C. and Hanel, Constance (2010).  Cyber kids, cyber bullying, cyber balance.   Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press, ISBN 978-1-4129-7292-5.

The authors, a professor in counselor education at St. Bonaventure University, New York, and a school counselor and skills coach for youth K-12, respectively, overview the diversity of cyberspace by kids and discuss the uses and misuses of technology, including online bad behavior and the potential for cyberpower.  They define cyber bullying as “simply schoolyard bullying that has morphed into a more powerful toxic form of bullying with the introduction of technology” and provide ways to respond.  Cyber balance, “or balancing the use of technology, allows you to experience the benefits of technology while reducing the risks” includes such strategies as school assessment, interventions to restore balance, and prevention. The text concludes with appendices on legal issues related to student online speech, an internet safety agreement form, a cyber bullying program worksheet, and surveys, reporting forms, and curricular materials to encourage classroom and school-wide discussions of these issues.

24) Boss, Suzie and Krauss, Jane (2007).  Reinventing project-based learning:  Your field guide to real-world projects in the digital age.  Eugene, Oregon:  International Society for Technology in Education,  ISBN 978-1-56484-238-1

The authors, a journalist who serves at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory and ISTE’s professional development services director, respectively, envision project-based learning, powered by contemporary technologies, as “a strategy certain to turn traditional classrooms upside down.”  Within this strategy, “projects form the centerpiece of the curriculum, students engage in real-world activities, students work collaboratively to solve problems that matter to them, technology is integrated as a tool for discovery, collaboration, and communication, and teachers collaborate to design and implement projects that cross geographic boundaries or even jump time zones.”  The text’s appendices include a discussion of essential learning with digital tools, the Internet, and Wbeb 2.0;  ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS—S), and a reading group guide.  The authors also have an ongoing blog on this topic at

25) Alpert, Rebecca T. & Staub, Jacob J. (2000) Exploring Judaism:  A Reconstructionist Approach.  Elkins Park, PA:  The Reconstructionist Press.

Jewish Reconstructionist Federation leaders.  Second edition.   Discussion of Judaism as the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people; the past has a vote, not a veto; Gd as creative process, transnaturalism; Zion as spiritual center; chosen-ness; living as a reconstructionist; life cycle events; community definition and inclusion; membership; resources; future directions.

26) Karabell, Zachary (2007).  Peace be upon you:  The story of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Coexistence.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf.  ISBN: 978-1-400-4368-2

Greatest emphasis on Islam, very little on Jewish-Muslim relations, chapter on Maimonides with the claim that his family had converted to Islam diplomatically – taqiyya – to advance in the court in Cairo, discussion of Sabbati Sevi and the sultan’s tolerance until his followers threatened the court, current history influencing our understanding of the past

27) Teutsch, David A.  (2009).  A guide to Jewish practice:  Community, gemilut hesed, and tikun olam.  Wynacote, PA:  Reconstructionist Rabbinical College Press.


Emphasize on community in Judaism.  Individual reflection in context of group prayer – Amidah.  Challenges to community after the enlightenment.  Importance of welcoming guests, deeds of loving kindness, repairing the world.

28) Abell, Sandra K. Designing and teaching the elementary science methods course: , by Sandra K. Abell, Ken Appleton, and Deborah L. Hanuscin. 308p bibl index – Choice review


The authors, faculty members at the University of Missouri and Central Queensland University, Australia, focus on pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), “how teachers transform subject matter knowledge into viable instruction in their disciplines”, as the organizing framework of this text designed for elementary science teacher education faculty.  Attention is paid to learning theory, understanding the methods students, curriculum and resources, instructional and assessment strategies, and organizing field experiences.  Each chapter includes sections with challenging scenarios and questions and a bibliography divided into “more to explore” and references.  The authors outline science methods courses that rely on  summative electronic portfolio assessment linked to curricular goals and the jobs of a science teacher, that provide opportunities for various levels of thinking skills and further learning, and assessment that help future teachers be metacognitive about their knowledge and skills in order to self-regulate their learning.  The text concludes with chapters on “activities that work” using different strategies, including the 5E learning cycle – engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate, interactive approaches, guided and open inquiry, eliciting student ideas, using models and analogies, learning about discourse, integrating language arts and science, and seamless assessment.

29) Armstrong, Karen (1993).  A History of God:  The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Evolving, diverse images of the divine.  Includes some sections on Hinduism and Buddhism and their integration of polytheism to create avatars of Atman, movement of semitic gods into international monotheism, connections with Greek philosophy and the rise of Christianity, controversy of the nature of the stuff of the divine and the role of the son-father-holy spirit, mysticism and their challenges to their host religions and their similarities across religions, conflicts of enlightenment, the death of god, the current friction among extremes, and the future of god built on the evolution of the past

30) Kawas, Terry (2010).  Retrieved from, July 6, 2010.  (CHOICE website review – July 5, 2010.

Ms. Kawas is a retired educator, a website and graphic designer, and a blog site publisher.  Her creation,, is a collection of standard-based math activities, organized by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards, topics, and monthly newsletters and activities starting from Fall 2004.  Ms. Kawas also has explored the use of a blog to further discuss her interests in mathematics teaching.

The website is attractive, easily navigable, with a good website search engine.

On the website, one reads that “the activities on this site were developed by Terry Kawas and the teachers in districts where she has worked as a math consultant and coach or with students she has taught in college math-methods courses.   The activities are classroom-tested by teachers and appropriate modifications have been made to reflect this field-testing.   These activities are posted online in an effort to share quality activities and routines within the mathematics community.”

“Teachers are welcome to download any of the activities for free use in their classrooms.   No activities may be copied for use on other websites or included in commercial products without permission in writing from Terry Kawas, webmaster.”

The website includes templates for transparencies to support the assignments, intervention strategies, other problem solving resources, instructional games, literature connections for the topic, additional online resources, and links to other enrichment activities.   The curriculum focuses on early childhood education and elementary education, but the games might be used to supplement or enrich through fun activities for the math curriculum in middle and high school.

Other similar sites include diverse math/science websites catalogued on such web indices as from Drexel University, math resources from, and Illuminations by NCTM at

I would recommend as a good start to enriching mathematics instruction in elementary schools or as home support resources.

31) Fleischman, Paul (2002).  Seedfolks.  New York:  Joanna Cotler Books. 

13+ stories about diverse people developing a community garden in Cleveland – Vietnamese student, man in wheel chair with English nanny, man courting lost love by growing tomatoes, Korean widow, uncle and son growing lettuce farm, …

used by Summer Institute for Future Teachers students as theme for science online projects.

32) Ravitch, Diane (2010).  The death and life of the great American school system: how testing and choice are undermining education. New York, NY: Basic Books, c2010.   LA217.2.R38 2010.

Would be a good text for EDU 555 – Education and Society.  Dr. Ravitch examines her own evolution into the politics of education, particularly about No Child Left Behind initiatives, the role of foundations, the growth of the charter movement, Teach for America, choice, problems with assessment, teacher incentive programs.  She concludes that there is no one path to school improvement.

33) Shklovskiĭ, Viktor, 1893-1984.  Literature and cinematography;  translated from the Russian by Irina Masinovsk ; introduction by Richard Sheldon.  Champaign: Dalkey Archive Press, 2008.  PN1993.5.A1 S5413 2008

Translation of essays written before the rise of Hollywood.  Partisan of moral Russian literature.  Discussion of limitations of film, even after Eisenstein’s Potemkin.

34) Runciman, W. G. (Walter Garrison), 1934-  .   Great books, bad arguments: Republic, Leviathan, & the Communist manifesto.  Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2010.   JA71.R68 2010

Critique of the false idealism and illogic of these 3 major works.

35) Arnold, Helen (2009).  1001 escapes to experience before you die.  Hauppauge, NY:  Barron’s Educational Series.


Selection of hotels and sites on all continents.  Several in Chiang Rai region, Dead Sea, Canadian and US sites.  Short descriptions and some photos.

36) Sacco, Joe (2009).  Footnotes in Gaza.  New York:  Metropolitan Books.

Graphic novel focusing on the Israeli military attack on Khan Younis and Rafah.  Critical of the leaders on both sides, human causes of the conflict, geo-political considerations.

37) The New literacies: multiple perspectives on research and practice, ed. by Elizabeth A. Baker. 322p bibl index afp ISBN 9781606236048.  New York: Guilford Press.   Submitted to Choice on August 10, 2010,

This text overviews new literacies from behavioral, semiotic, cognitive, sociocultural, and critical and feminist perspectives, through a collection of articles by diverse scholars.  New literacies include the new skills, strategies, dispositions, and social practices that are required by new technology for information and communication, are central to full participation in a global community, regularly change as their defining technologies change, and are multifaceted, and our understanding of them benefits from multiple points of views. In this text, scholars discuss enhancing fluency and automaticity through systematic teaching with technology, seeking coexistence between behaviorist and constructivist applications to enhance literacies, and developing a new agenda for new literacy pedagogy from multiliteracies and multimodality approaches.   The role of digital literacies instruction in early literacy acquisition, cognitive processing perspectives, new cognitive conceptions of reading comprehension, a situated-sociocultural approach to literacy and technology, workplace literacy research, and feminist perspectives are discussed.  Guidance for teachers on moving from print to pixels and into positions of critical interrogation to enhance learning and teaching closes the text, which would benefit the professional development of graduate studies and school leaders struggling with enhancing the literacy of all learners.

38) Meyer, G.J.  (2010). The Tudors: The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty.  New York:  Random House. (preview available in Google books)

Most of the text on the lessons learned through the life of Henry VIII – luck, individual power, building coalitions of ambitious people, theft, consolidating traditions and authority in the state, starting the role of parliament.  A few generations of well-connected families that changed the nature of Christianity and influenced diversity of practice in the newer world.  John Fisher of Rochester as family confessor, tutor to Henry VIII, dissident, and martyr.  Demystifying the life of Elizabeth into political intrigue, the life of Mary daughter of Catherine as psychological torture.

39) Smith, Pamela Jaye (2010).  Symbols + images + codes : the secret language of meaning in film, TV, games and visual media. Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions.

Illustrated examination of recurring cultural themes that provide the foundations of the human narrative

Reviews of books in the Connecticut Educators Computer Association library –

40) Bissonette, Aimée M. (2009).  Cyber Law:  Maximizing safety and minimizing risk in classrooms.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin.

Attorney, teacher, and writer Bissonette makes use of her perspectives to introduce and analyze cyberbullying, student and staff uses of the internet, privacy and security, the school as an internet service provider, policies, procedures, and contracts, copyright laws for the classroom, ethical issues, and the future of educational technology in schools.  The text also includes recommendations on filtering online information, reviews of seminal court cases on the limits on speech in schools, school blogging and social networking policies, strategies for developing responsible internet citizens, an introduction to the legal terminology important to know to understand these issues, and sample policies on acceptable use and student and parent responsibilities.

41) McKenzie, Walter (2005).  Multiple intelligences and instructional technology.  Eugene. OR:  International Society for Technology in Education.

Mr. McKenzie, director of information systems for the Salem (MA) Public Schools, draws on his experiences developing , a website that includes innovative teaching resources focusing on multiple intelligence, to present a new theory of learning founded on 21st century skills for those becoming technoconstructivists.  He discusses instructional design, technology applications, and media and software selection informed by multiple intelligence theory. He illustrates the use of his POMAT (procedure, objective, materials, assessment, assessment, technology) approach for modifying and building curriculum, internet-based instruction, and for assessment.  The appendices include a photo survey of multiple intelligences for younger students, a preference survey for older students, a bibliography, and the national educational technology standards (NETS) for students, teachers, and administrators.  A CD with the multiple intelligence surveys, lesson and unit templates, and software and lesson plan evaluation tools is included.

42) November, Alan (2008).  Web literacy for educators.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin.


In this text, Mr. November provides hand-on activities for exploring the uses of the internet to enhance learners’ critical thinking.  After a review of the terms and essential web concepts, search engines, and internet control and other political issues, the readers are invited to practice skills in validating information on the web, using the REAL method – Read the URL, Examine the content, Ask about the author and owner, and Look at the Links.   A guide to smart searching, researching outside the box, includes understanding extensions for countries and organizations, creating virtual indexes, and finding resources in teacher web sites.  An introduction to blogs, RSS, podcasts, wikis, and evaluation strategies concludes the text.

43) Reich, Justin and Daccord, Thomas (2008).  Best ideas for teaching with technology:  A practical guide for teachers, by teachers.  Armonk, NY:  M.E. Sharpe.

The authors answer two big questions with this text – why teach with technology? and how can we best teach with technology?  They examine how technology might be used to enhance activities that teachers and student do – lectures, discussion and communication, note taking and organization, guided inquiry, open research, homework, writing, presentations, grading and assessment, and class management.  Some tools reviewed include PowerPoint, video, BrowserPoint, creative uses of email, projectors, data collection, chatting, skype, iChat, blogging, software for collaborative note taking, tracking class participation, online scavenger hunts, virtual tools, WebQuests, Google Earth, Grokker visual searching, writing collaboratively with wikis,

Podcasting, screencasting, electronic assessment and grading, online rubrics and gradebooks, and new frontiers of online plagiarism.  A concluding chapter focuses on class management with discussions on course management system, acceptable use policies, online safety and health, recommended professional development resources, and visions of the future.

44) Veer, E.A. Vander Veer (2008).  Facebook:  The Missing Manual, The book that should have been in the box.   Sebastopol, CA:  Pogue Press, O’Reilly.

Ambitious text that explains the functionality and uses of facebook.  Facebook has changed since its publication, but the basic instruction provides a good framework.

45) Schreck, Mary Kim (2009).  Transformers:  Creative Teachers for the 21st Century.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press.

This text provides examples of creative teachers, discusses student blocks to creativity, contrasts creativity with critical thinking, use of metaphors, and surveys uses of technology for creativity in the classroom.

46) Stephen F. Austin State University (2010). Tides for Teachers. Retrieved  on October 21, 2010.

TIDES (Teaching, Images and Digital Experiences) for Teachers “offers a digital gateway to rich historical, cultural and scientific resources held in Texas and Mexican libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, private collections, state parks and wildlife preserves. These resources (photographs, scanned documents and artifacts, video and more) are accompanied by custom-made, standards-based curriculum material and are freely available to teachers, students, and researchers worldwide.” The collection link –  – leads to an index of lesson plans for elementary grades, middle school, and high school activities, and a student project gallery for a variety of curriculum, including social studies, science, math, language arts, art and theatre, and modern language. There is also a virtual expeditions website, arranged by title and subject.  Each webpage also includes a link to search engines for a digital library and an “ask an expert” question form. The student project gallery includes a project lesson plan, project summary, sample projects, related lesson plans, and handouts. There is also links to several international art projects, with summaries, examples, links, downloadable project handouts. A good start for a collection of curricular resources, a parallel to  for pre-collegiate education.

47) Baigent, Michael (2009).  Racing toward Armaggeddon:  The Three Great Religions and the Plot to End the World.  New York:  HarperCollins.

Emphasis on the Book of Revelations, rapture, influence on US politics.  Argument for moving away from monotheism, differing perspectives of just one god.

48) Dunghy, Camille T. (editor) (2009).   Black Nature:  Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry.  Athens, GA:  The University of Georgia Press.

Collection of nature poetry written by African Americans, introduced by short essays on relationships with nature

49) Heilemann, John & Halperin, Mark (2010).  Game Change:  Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime.  New York:  Harper.

Politics behind the presidential race in 2008.  Differing styles and perspectives.

50) de Balzac, Honore (2010).  Treatise on elegant living.  Cambridge, MA:  Wakefield.

Three classes of people – ones who work, ones who think, ones who do nothing.

51) Truss, Lynne (2006).  Eats, Shoots & Leaves:  The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.  New York:  Gotham Press.

British grammar rules with humorous results.

52) Educating the whole child for the whole world: the Ross School Model and education for the Global Era, ed. by Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco and Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj. 212p bibl index afp.  Choice Review.


The Ross School model is an “evolving theory and practice aligned with Courtney Ross’s ideas of wellness and of the significance of using space, art, cultural facts, and artifacts as a context for teaching and learning.”  The model is practiced at multiple sites – a lower school that serves children from pre-nursery through fourth grade and a upper school serving fifth grade through twelfth grade on Long Island, New York, a charter school in lower Manhattan, and a gymnasium in Sweden.  Its curriculum builds on multiple architectures – of care, globalization, aesthetic displays of world art, interpersonal relationships, and interdisciplinary, autonomous learning with a strong service component.  In this text, scholars provide philosophical support for the model, through discussions of specialized knowledge, global education, Howard Gardner on multiple intelligences, brain/mind learning theory, multimedia literacy, and math and science education.  Sherry Turkle writes that “the Ross School philosophy comprehends … how children use art to approach science and nature.”  During a time ripe for change, the editors conclude that the Ross model conceptualizes “the school as an engaging community of scholars … for developing an educational environment for the twenty-first century.”

53) Ruderman, David B. (2010).  Early Modern Jewry:  A New Cultural History.  Princeton, NJ:  Princeton University Press.

16th and 17th and into some of the 18th century European Jewish history.  Notions of the mobility of individuals and communities, the role of conversos, the role of the printing press to spread kabala, the changing role of the rabbi in the community and the rise of the parnassim.

54) Lamb, Wally. (2008). The Hour I First Believed.  New York: Harper.

The hour I first believed occurs at this end of this encyclopedic novel when the author connects past troubles with the potential for a new future.  Set in Littleton, Colorado, Three Rivers, CT, (Norwich) with connections to New Orleans, Sam Clemens’ Hartford and the women’s movement in the 19th century, and prison conditions for women, the author weaves the challenges of life within the social displacements of the current era.

55) Wesolowski, Jim (2006).  Sighting by Eye:  Selected Essays of a Ruminative Stonemason.  Mystic, CT:  Flat Hammock Press.


Short essays on the use of tools, building and teaching how to build stone walls, fishing in the Mystic River Valley, boating to Block Island, car mechanics, camping in Vermont under a tin roof.  Borrowed from Jim Rainer.

56) Laura I. Rendón, Richard O. Hope, and associates (1996).  Educating a new majority: transforming America’s educational system for diversity.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Dr. Rendón and associates review the changing demographics of students in PK-12 and higher education and the new majority of composed of minorities in this century.  Topics included curriculum reform in higher education include diversifying courses, parent and community involvement in public schools, pre-Columbian people’s education in public education, strengthening mathematics education, and supporting transfer students from 2-year to 4-year campuses.  I will meet Dr. Rendón at a Project Compass meeting in February 2011.

Winter 2009

1) Wiesenthal, Simon (1998) The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness.  New York: Schocken Books.

ISBN: 978-0-8052-1060-6 (0-8052-1060-1)

Mr. Wiesenthal presents an exchange with a dying Nazi officer who wishes him to forgive his sins, as a representative of the Jews.  The second half of the text includes reflections by many religious and political leaders;   some comment on the differences between Christian and Jewish forgiveness.

2) Roth, Philip (2008).  Indignation.  Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. PS3568 O855 I53 2008

A reflection on the first months of living at a private liberal arts college in northern Ohio for a Newark Jewish boy escaping from the controlling care of a kosher butcher father and book-keeping mother.  The student becomes increasingly isolated then ill from his relationships with a damaged coed, a Jewish fraternity big-man-on-campus, and discussions with the dean of students and ends up dying on Massacre Hill in Korea.  A short discussion on the challenges of assimilating in the mid-West, the changing nature of academic life, and the unanticipated outcomes of life choices.

3) Noll, Mark A..  (2008) God and race in American politics : a short history.  Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2008
E185 N65 2008

a study of changes in American political patterns related to religious affiliation, racism, and demographics.  Some discussion of the role of African American churches in the civil rights movement, the influence of the movement on other changes – Mario Savio’s Free Speech movement, women’s movement.  Slavery in America as a form of racism – no white slaves, indentured servants instead – and as a divine test.

4) Salaam Bombay! [videorecording] / a Mirabai Films Production ; story, Mira Nair and Sooni Taraporevala ; screenplay, Sooni Taraporevala ; presenter, Film Four International, NHDC-Doordarshan Cadrage, S.A. La S.E.P.T. ; producer and director, Mira Nair.  Publisher Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, 2002 PN1995.9.F67 S242 2002

Sad story of children on Mumbai’s streets, prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, poverty, … Main characters include a young boy, Krishna – Chaipau, tea deliverer, a young girl being kept to earn the virgin price, life on the streets.   Interesting special features include participants in the film 10+ years later and how the experience affected their lives.  Was on the shelf of popular materials with over 100 borrows.

5) The Spike Lee joint collection [videorecording] Universal City, CA : Universal, [2006] PN1997.A1 S6554 2006

Includes Clockers, Jungle Fever, Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, Crooklyn – all important films that raise issues on ethnicity, race relations, sexuality, family dynamics, Brooklyn, … Jungle Fever was particularly powerful for its discussion of inter-racial sexual relations.

6) Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein (2006).Plato and a platypus walk into a bar– : understanding philosophy through jokes /
Publisher New York : Abrams Image, 2006 BD31.C38 2006

Intensive overview of philosophy interrupted by jokes, with a heavy emphasis on Jewish jokes and some off-color.   A good introduction to philosophical movements.

7) Rabbi Aaron Parry (2004). The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Talmud [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback).  Penguin Group.

Good introduction to Talmud, Judaism, and current modern orthodox responses to contemporary issues.  Some discussions of Kabalah, after-life, the five levels of the soul, and living a talmudic life.  Book club choice to go along with Rav Jeremy’s bi-monthly discussions.  Borrowed from Waterbury inter-library loan.

8) Phelps, M. William (2008). Nathan Hale : the life and death of America’s first spy. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2008

Coventry boyhood, life at Yale, teaching in Moodus and New London, joining the revolutionary army.  Volunteering to find out where the British would attack the retreating forces from New York.  By the time, Hale was on Long Island and New York City to gather information, the British had already attacked.  Implications of Hale in the lower New York fires.  Captured by Robert Rogers (leader of the Rogers Rangers) after telling him all of his plans in a tavern and going to breakfast with him.  Discussion of a Tory cousin turning him in. Legend greater than fate, famous quote often misquoted.

9) Crane, Beverley E. (2009). Using Web 2.0 tools in the K-12 classroom. New York:  Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. 189p bibl index afp ISBN:978-1333706531

A CHOICE review posted on March 2, 2009

The author bases this study of the applications of Web 2.0 tools, internet publishing and collaborative media, on a revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy that emphasizes action, creativity, and cooperative, project-based and inquiry learning.  Dr. Crane first discusses acceptable use policies, practical applications of developing Web resourced unit plans, and the effective schools’ literature.  Within discussion of blogging and wikis in the language arts, the author introduces RSS (really simple syndication) which provides updated content for a website, tagging – a method of associating keywords to a piece of information, audio software for English as a Second language learning, and examples that illustrate writing for an audience and incorporating feedback to create new understandings.  The text also discusses the uses of podcasts to enliven the study of history, digital storytelling, and social bookmarking to create cross-curricular connections and to connect classrooms across regions or culture. The uses of Google tools, such as Google Earth, Docs, Maps, News, Notebooks, Sites, LitTrips, and Groups, are described within exemplary classroom practices.  The text concludes with a list of URLs that further illustrates Web 2.0 applications and is accompanied by a website  with further resources.

Spring 2009

10) Pollan, Michael. The omnivore’s dilemma : a natural history of four meals.  New York : Penguin Press, 2006
GT2850.P65 2006

book discussion led by sustainable energy program, Fred Loxsom and Norma VIVAR-ORUM , human as walking corn-chip, life of a cow, chickens, growing vegetables on an organic farm, boar and mushroom hunting in Healdsburg

11) When I’m sixty-four : the plot against pensions and the plan to save them / Teresa Ghilarducci. Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008. HD7125.G465 2008

defined contribution vs. defined benefit – tax-sheltered vs. tradtional pension, expectation of social security secure until 2023 and not failing, guaranteed retirement accounts as solution
12) Developing primary mathematics teaching: reflecting on practice with the knowledge quartet, by Tim Rowland et al. 235p bibl index.  Sage Publications, CA, 2009.

A CHOICE review – posted on May 5, 2009

This text and accompanying DVD, with a variety of illustrative classroom sequences on key primary grade mathematics concepts facilitated by diverse teachers – post graduate certificate in education, newly qualified teachers, early career teachers, and experienced teachers, was developed by mathematics educators at the University of Cambridge.  The authors introduce the Knowledge Quartet – 1) foundation – “a teacher’s theoretical background and beliefs,” 2) transformation – “the core of what it means to teach a subject”; 3) connection – “the coherence of the planning and teaching across an episode”; and 4) contingency – “teacher’s response to these unplanned, unexpected classroom events” – as “a tool for observation and discussion of mathematics content knowledge observed in teaching.”  Referencing DVD classroom sequences, they elaborate on this framework with discussions on the use of representations in teaching primary mathematics, how teachers choose and use examples, how mathematical knowledge should be organised, progression in learning, and the in-the-moment actions and interactions in the classroom and the unpredictability of some of these actions.  The authors also demonstrate that effective teaching requires specialized content knowledge and provide examples of using the Knowledge Quartet proforma to encourage teacher reflections for curriculum revisions.

13) Salamon, Julie (2003).  Rambam’s Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give.  New York:  Workman


anecdotes to support Rambam – Maimonides’ Ladder of Tzedakah

“Step by step, rung by rung, all of us can improve ourselves-and the world,” writes Julie Salamon in Rambam’s Ladder–A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give, published by Workman. Here is her interpretation of Maimonides’ “Eight Degrees of Almsgiving”:

At the top of the ladder is the gift of self-reliance. To hand someone a gift or a loan, or to enter into a partnership with him, or to find work for him, so that he will never have to beg again.

To give to someone you don’t know, and to do so anonymously.

To give to someone you know, but who doesn’t know from whom he is receiving help.

To give to someone you don’t know, but allow your name to be know.

To hand money to the poor before being asked, but risk making the recipient feel shame.

To hand money to the poor after being asked.

To give less to the poor than is proper, but to do so cheerfully.

1/RELUCTANCE To give begrudgingly.”


14) Sabar, Ariel (2008). My father’s paradise : a son’s search for his Jewish past in Kurdish Iraq Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, DS135.K8 S23 2008

Kurdish Jewish family’s life in Zakho before expulsion from Iraq in 1949, Israel, father goes to Yale and then teaches at UCLA. Rebel son becomes journalist and with father searches for missing aunt, taken by Arab wet nurse. Study of neo-Aramaic. Book club discussion.

15) Updike, John (2009). Endpoint and other poems. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. PS3571.P4 E53 2009

birth-death day poems, sonnets, other poems published near his death in January 2009. He had spoken at Eastern a few years ago. Commented that he was a minority in the publishing world. Poems of New England and of Arizona, southwest, of touring in Asia and Europe.   posted on June 9, 20009

16) Choice review of

The National Center for Summer Learning ( is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University School of Education.  Founded in 1992 when “Johns Hopkins University student Matthew Boulay recruited his fellow undergraduates to provide tutoring and academic support for Baltimore City public school students during the summer months,” … “the organization was re-named the Center for Summer Learning in 2001 and, since that time, has focused on ensuring that more children and youth have ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills during the summer months.  The Center now works with thousands of summer programs that collectively serve over two million youth in more than 30 states.”

The website is comprehensive, including links to resources for professional development, research and publications, policy issues, programs, news, and events, and unique.  The site is well organized, easy to navigate, loads rapidly, and has an effective search engine.   From the website, one may create a profile within its network, subscribing for frequent updates on program resources, policy, and research.   Other features include an archive of the center’s  publications – both online and in print, newsletters – Summer Times,  presentations, and research studies;  a list of upcoming national conferences;  and information on the center’s online graduate certificate program in Out-of-School Time (OST) Leadership.   Commendations are due for the use of short video segments to illustrate the center’s special programs, including the National Summer Learning Day, for publications designed for parents and community members on ways to “keep kids sharp over the summer,” and for information on making  summer learning programs effective.

This site would be useful for undergraduates and their mentors as they plan service-learning projects designed to support learning and teaching in pre-collegiate schools, in the summer, and after-school programs and for parents and other community members concerned about learning lost during the summer.                                                                                                         posted on June 11, 2009

17) Gubar, Susan. (2009) Judas: a biography. New York : W.W. Norton, c2009 BS2460.J8 G83 2009

Changing images of Judas – increasing evil in the Gospels over time, linkages to Judah – Jews, changes in the last centuries as religions are questioned, from the depths of Dante’s inferno to role of Judas in the Passion, relationship with Jesus, parodies of contemporary individuals

18) Scott, Virginia (2008). Google. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press. HD9696.8.U64 G6665 2008

A love text to Google. A bit dated, does not discuss Google Sites. Interesting discussion of the Googler culture and the corporate philosophy and future.

19) Kohn, Livia (2008). Meditation works : in the Daoist, Buddhist, and Hindu traditions. Magdalena, NM : Three Pines Press, 2008 BL1923.K66 2008

Overview of meditation – breathing, mantra, movements, energetics. Includes of histories with a focus on the US and the West.

20) Allen, Woody (2007). Mere anarchy.   New York : Random House, c2007. PS3551.L44 A64 2007

Very urbane humor and fantasies on human relations – murders, high tech clothes, show business, Strung Out on string theory, …

July 9, 2009

Books read while travelling to AAUP Summer Institute in St. Paul at Macalester College

21) Nancy Krasa and Sara Shunkwiler (2009). Number sense and number nonsense: understanding the challenges of learning math.  Baltimore:  Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. ISBN 159857020X pbk, $29.99

This text is designed to assist in the improvement of American mathematics education by examining the psychological, biological, and pedagogic challenges in learning and teaching math.  The authors ask why reading disabilities have been studied more pervasively than mathematics disorders and explore the difficulties in defining math achievement and intelligences.  The focus of the text is to examine “the cognitive demands of mathematics, the cognitive resources of the students, and – when possible- the pedagogy required to link the two.”

The mental number line, number sense, spatial skills, fraction sense, mathematical problem solving, language learning, number grammar, visual recognition, and other foundational concepts are seen as precursors to math achievement.  The authors review the executive functions and reasoning needed for math problem solving and discuss classroom implications.  Other professional implications include the effects of evaluation and assessment and teacher preparation on learning.  They include interesting comparative analyses of US and other cultures’ mathematics education.   They conclude that “successful mathematics teaching depends on many vital factors… such as community support, local politics, and demographics, … curriculum, teachers’ mathematical expertise, teachers’ knowledge of their students, and professional development.”

posted on August 5, 2009

22) The New Teacher Book:  Finding Purpose, Balance, and Hope During Your First Years in the Classroom.   Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools, 2004.

Book chosen by Kathy Randall for SIFT 2009.  Good choice – raises most of the controversial issues of teaching and provides interesting case studies.  Includes essays by William Ayers.

23) Posner, Richard A. (2009).  A failure of capitalism: the crisis of ’08 and the descent into depression. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009.  HB3722.P67 2009

Judge in the US Court of Appeals believes that we are in a depression, discussions inflation, risks that money managers took on real estate, hedge funds, explains Madoff, projected changes in US government and society due to stimulus package and govt intervention

books read while travelling to Buffalo to drop Danny off on August 1, 2009
24) Bardi, Jason Socrates (2009).  The fifth postulate : how unraveling a two-thousand-year-old mystery unraveled the universe.  Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2009   QA481.B237 2009.

In Euclidian geometry, the fifth postulate involves proving that parallel lines on a plane never meet.  In 3-dimensional space, this is hard to prove.  Describes the struggles of Gauss and others to publish that the fifth postulate is not prove-able and to formulate a non-Euclidean geometry, which lead to great circle routes and Einsteinian relativity.  Gauss also studied magnetism which lead to telegraphy.

25) Huckabee, Mike (2008). Do the right thing : inside the movement that’s bringing common sense back to America.  New York: Sentinel, 2008 JK1726.H83 2008.

Account of his campaign in 2008.  Doesn’t like Romney.  Indication that he will run again.  Explanation of creationism.

26) Goodman, Martin (2007).  Rome and Jerusalem : the clash of ancient civilizations.  London ; New York: Allen Lane.  DS122.G66 2007

read on 9 b’Av.  Cause of destruction the political ambitions of Vespasian, Titus, and following caesars.  Growth of anti-semitism.  Early church relations.  Jewish plays did not have the sense of humor that Roman theater did. 


27) Michelle Obama: in her own words / edited by Lisa Rogak.  New York : PublicAffairs, c2009 E909.O24 A25 2009

quotes of Ms. Obama arranged in topics.  Includes gossip about President Obama, admiration for Sec of State Clinton, first mom role

28) Jacoby, Susan (2009). Alger Hiss and the battle for history.  New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press.

foreshadowing of the conflicts between liberals and conservatives during the last 60 years, in the personnas of Hiss – patrician – and Chambers – believer in extreme issues.

29) Johnson, Kaylene (2008).  Sarah: How a hockey mom turned the political establishment upside down.  Carol Stream, Ill.: Tindale House Publishers.

biography of Sarah Palin and her rise from a family of school teacher and secretary, and outdoors-people, fisherpeople, to city and state government.

posted on August 31, 2009

30) Learning field hockey / Katrin Barth and Lutz Nordmann.  Aachen : Meyer & Meyer ; Northam : Roundhouse [distributor], 2007  GV1017.H7 B35 2007

read in honor of Fay’s first month in field hockey, a children’s book with information for parents, puzzles, games, rules, and vocabulary

31)  Darfur / Debra A. Miller,  editor.  Detroit : Greenhaven Press, c2009. DT159.6.D27 D3525 2009

multi-perspectives on the situation in Darfur – land of the Fur, including the roles of climate change, the Chinese, race, religious, life-style issues. The uses of genocide, the international court, and the UN are examined.   The only idea not is clear is that many have been killed and many are refugees in Chad.  Read during the high holiday season

posted on October 5, 2009

32) A review for CHOICE of ,  Doing What Works (DWW)

The website, ,  Doing What Works (DWW), is designed for those interested in research-based educational practices and implementation tools to help students be proficient in math and science by 2014 and to meet other No Child Left Behind goals.  Through animated overviews, expert video interviews, and links to reports on best practices and offices within the US Department of Education partnering in projects with specific goals, this site “is dedicated to help educators identify and make use of effective teaching practices.”    DWW is organized on three levels – priority, topic, and practice areas.  The content in each area is organized in a learning cycle “that allow users to learn what works, see how it works, and do what works.”  Priority areas include early childhood education, English language learners, math and science, psychology of learning, school improvement, high school reform, and literacy.  Under each priority area, topics are organized with an animated overview, a review of related research databases, essential concepts, recommended practices, and planning templates.    There are also a glossary of terms, links to related websites – professional associations and clearinghouses, and contact links to related US Department of Education offices and technology support.  The website also links to the Institute for Education Studies What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) – – which offers webinars – and – which offers teacher resources on online courses, certification programs, and teaching jobs.   The WWC clearinghouse provides practice guides, research reports, and an integrated search engine for intervention strategies.  The WWC, which is a partner site to DWW, includes these additional topics – adolescent literacy, beginning reading, English language learners, early childhood education, elementary school math, middle school math, dropout prevention, and character education.  These networks of websites provide resources to support both pre-service and in-service teacher professional development and student-center learning initiatives.

posted on October 3, 2009

 33) Smith, Robin M. (2008).  Conquering the content : a step-by-step guide to online course design. San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass, c2008.   LB1044.87.S617 2008

good discussion of learning style consideration, importance of organizing, content chunking, and design for assessment in mind.  Two suggested learning styles online surveys – Felder’s inventory – and VARK learning styles inventory –

Also these resources – World Lecture Hall –

Merlot –

MIT OpenCourseWAre –

Lolaexchange –


posted on October 11, 2009

34) Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.  Who is Mark Twain?   New York, NY : Harperstudio, c2009 PS1303.H577 2009

compilation of unfinished papers by Mark Twain, with one paper justifying the publishing of papers stored by the author,  Criticism of newspapers, Jane Austen, dentists, Satan, …
35) Benedict, Jeff (2008).  The Mormon way of doing business : how eight western boys reached the top of corporate. New York : Grand Central ; London : Little, Brown [distributor], HD38.25.U6 B457 2008

introducing 8 business leaders from the West and Mormon, their emphases on family and work, several affected by 911

36) Ehrenfeld, John  (2008).  Sustainability by design : a subversive strategy for transforming our consumer culture.  New Haven : Yale University Press.   HC79.E5 E346 2008

sustainability by flourishing, differences between having and being, designing plans for adaptative governance and community development.

posted on November 8, 2009

37) Livera, Giovanni (2004-2007).  Live a thousand years:  Have the time of your life.  Winter Spring, FL: TimeCompass.

gift to Debbie on her birthday, received from the author at the EDUCAUSE conference where he was doing card tricks for CDW-G.

The book is a fanciful inspirational read, focusing on a stop watch and a hour glass and a time master who teaches life lessons.  The hour chimes are

Chime One: Time for Yourself
Chime Two: Time to Be Positive
Chime Three: Time to Give
Chime Four: Time for Relationships
Chime Five: Time to Learn
Chime Six: Time in the Moment
Chime Seven: Time to Dream
Chime Eight: Time to Play
Chime Nine: Time to Work
Chime Ten: Time to Forgive
Chime Eleven: Time to be Brave
Chime Twelve: Time to Reset

The magician did card tricks – including finding a card in his mouth picked out by an audience member.

Every day is happy new year day.

posted on November 10, 2009

38) Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson  (2008).  Disrupting class : how disruptive innovation will change the way the world learns.  New York : McGraw-Hill, c2008 LB1027 .C4662 2008

discusses the potential of online courses and differentiated instruction to change learning in pre-collegiate schools.  Interested in educational research on outliers.  Idealist.  Suggested by Nick Messina.

Previous reviews –

Winter 2008

1) Author Eagleton, Terry, 1943-

Title The meaning of life / Terry Eagleton
Publisher Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007

love and pursuit of happiness is self and others, a good discussion

2) Author Franken, Al

Title The truth (with jokes) / Al Franken
Publisher New York : Dutton, 2005

Political discussion in preparation for a run for Senate in Minnesota, attack on current administration, Republican corruption

3) Author Scholem, Gershom Gerhard, 1897-1982

Title Zur Kabbala und ihrer Symbolik. English

On the Kabbalah and its symbolism, by Gershom G. Scholem. Translated by Ralph Manheim
Publisher New York, Schocken Books [1965]

discussion of use of Kabbala for magic and golems

4) Attempted to study

Title The Zohar = [Sefer ha-Zohar] / translation and commentary by Daniel C. Matt
Publisher Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2004

volumes 1 & 2 – Bresheit, Exodus commentary – male-female, light-dark, letters and their power

5) LESTER KURTZ, Gods in the global village: The world’s religions in sociological perspective. Thousand Oaks, California: Pine Forge Press, 1995. xiii + 297 pp. Map, fig., tables, text, notes, refs., index. $22.95 (paperback)

modernism and multiculturalism, eastern and western religions, recent movements, religion and social conflict

Spring 2008

6) Harrison, A.G. and Coll, R.K. (2008).  Using analogies in middle and secondary classrooms:  The FAR Guide – an interesting way to teach with analogies.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press.  ISBN 978141291331

Choice review – notes that scientists use analogies frequently to explain difficult concepts, use in science classrooms

7) Author Noddings, Nel
Title When school reform goes wrong / Nel Noddings
Publisher New York : Teachers College Press, c2007

discussion of the problems with standardized testing and current goals of schooling

8) Author Anderson, Ronald D
Title Religion and teaching / Ronald D. Anderson
Publisher New York : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, c2008

conversational scenarios of the role of religion in teaching within a pluralistic society

9) Author Baker, Sally
Title Rethinking universities : the social functions of higher education / Sally Baker and Brian Brown
Publisher London ; New York, NY : Continuum International Pub. Group, c2007

universities in a neoliberal setting – function greater than the transmission and creation of knowledge, social functions, service to market economies

Spring 2008

10) The changing face of Canada : essential readings in population / edited by Roderic Beaujot and Don Kerr
Publisher Toronto : Canadian Scholars’ Press, c2007

visible minorities, urban centers, ethnic enclaves in suburbans, uncertainty of future, conjugal life, old and very old

11) The sacred chain : a history of the Jews
Cantor, Norman F
New York : HarperPerennial, 1995, c1994

religion from tribal myth, exploring life in middle ages, current depression of Jewish males, despair on future of demographics

12) Author Brooks, Geraldine
Title People of the book : a novel / Geraldine Brooks
Publisher New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2008

historic novel around the Savajevo Hagaddah – from Australia back to Islamic Spain, discussion of Jewish history and its connections within Europe and the Mediterranean world

13) Author Carroll, James, 1943-
Title Constantine’s sword : the church and the Jews : a history / James Carroll
Publisher Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001

a very powerful and dense discussion of the relationship of the Catholic church and anti-semitism and anti-Judaism, with connections to Luther, with a focus on Trier and Mainz, more notes

14) Sex, God, Christmas & Jews: Intimate Email About Faith And Life Challenges (Paperback, 2006)
Author: Gil Mann
Minneapolis:  Leo and Sons

book gifts to synagogue, compilation of emails on diverse topics

15) Forstater, Mathew, 1961-
Title Economics / Mathew Forstater ; introduction by James Rollo
Publisher Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2007
HB171.F588 2007

scholars on economics from Aristotle to Alan Greenspan to Amartya Sen – one page summaries

16) Kronman, Anthony T
Title Education’s end : why our colleges and universities have given up on the meaning of life / Anthony T. Kronman
Publisher New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007
AZ183.U5 K76 2007

discussion of secular humanism and conflicts with diversity, multiculturalism, and constructivism

17) Author Roth, Philip
Title Exit ghost / Philip Roth
Publisher Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007

ill Phil returns to the City and meets characters from Ghostwriter – Amy, who may be Anne Frank, Longoff’s ghost – who may be Singer, and a 30ish writing couple living on Texas oil money and who want to move to this cabin in the Berkshires.  Sad tale, tying up loose ends.

18) Author Feldman, Noah, 1970-
Title The fall and rise of the Islamic state / Noah Feldman
Publisher Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008
KBP2000.F45 2008

Discussion of the history of the Islamic state, fall of the caliphate of the Ottoman Empire, rise of social nationalism, return to shari’a as foundation of current nations

19) Author Vonnegut, Kurt
Title Armageddon in retrospect, and other new and unpublished writings on war and peace / Kurt Vonnegut ; [illustrations by the author ; introduction by Mark Vonnegut]
Publisher New York : Putnam, c2008
PS3572.O5 A85 2008

Collection developed after his death.  Includes some science fiction and memories of being a prisoner of war in Germany in 1944.

20) Contemporary perspectives on mathematics in early childhood education:, ed. by Olivia N. Saracho and Bernard Spodek. 326p bibl Charlotte, NC:  Information Age Publishing, Inc. 2008, ISBN: 13:  978-1-59311-637-8.

Choice review – interesting discussion on block playing among boys and girls


Author Halter, Marek
Title Messie. English
The messiah / Marek Halter ; translated by Lauren Yoder
Publisher New Milford, CT : Toby, 2008
 ECSU Leisure Reading  PQ2668.A434 M4413 2008

Story of David Reubeni from the kingdom of Chabor in the 15th century, with Zionist ambitions and troubles with followers who see him as the messiah.  Leads one to want to go beyond this fiction based initial research.


Author Segev, Tom, 1945-
Elvis in Jerusalem : post-Zionism and the Americanization of Israel / Tom Segev ; translated by Haim Watzman
Publisher New York : Metropolitan Books, 2002  DS149.5 I75 S4413 2002Borrowed from synagogue library. Post-post Zionism, reactions against new histories based on govt documentation, Americanization of Israeli elite23)
Author Weller, Sheila
Title Girls like us : Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon–and the journey of a generation / Sheila Weller
Publisher New York : Atria Books, c2008
Available online: 
Publisher’s book description
 ECSU Stacks  ML400.W35 2008

Perhaps too much gossip but interwoven biographies of 3 pivotal artists and their influence on society and society’s influence on them.


Author Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
Title Wild nights! : stories about the last days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway / Joyce Carol Oates
Publisher New York : Ecco, c2008
Edition 1st ed
Descript 238 p. ; 25 cm
Contents Poe posthumous; or, The light-house — EDickinsonRepliLuxe — Grandpa Clemens & angelfish, 1906 — The master at St. Bartholomew’s hospital 19147-1916 — Papa at Ketchum, 1961

Interesting literary exercises on the end days of these authors.


Author Goldgar, Anne
Title Tulipmania : money, honor, and knowledge in the Dutch golden age / Anne Goldgar
Publisher Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007
Available online: 
Table of contents
Publisher’s book description
 ECSU Stacks  HC325.G64 2007

Interesting case study on the art and economics of tulips in 17th century Dutch and European capitalism.  Echoes in cabbage and the dot.coms cycles.

26) Why is it so hard to get good schools?
Cuban, Larry
New York : Teachers College Press, c2003

“good” for what and whom, four types of school depending on purpose


Author Costantino, Patricia M
Title Developing a professional teaching portfolio : a guide for success / Patricia M. Costantino, Marie N. De Lorenzo
Publisher Boston : Allyn and Bacon, c2002

introductory section on ePortfolios and ties to standards

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The following is a list of books that I have read.  This list is a reference for myself and is meant to initiate a discussion with others.  David Stoloff –

Book list – Spring 2005

1) Haythornthwaite, Caroline & Kazmer, Michelle M., editors (2004) Learning, culture and community in online education:  Research and practice.  NY: Peter Lang.

focus on Library Education Experimental Project at UI-UC

2) Watkins, Jermaine (2001).  A change of heart.  Cave Creek, AZ:  Metropolis Ink.

presenter at FTC 2005, writer and book agent’s evolution from hatred

3) Heinze, Andrew R  Jews and the American soul : human nature in the twentieth century / Andrew R. Heinze Publisher Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2004

from new library book shelf, Peace of Mind –  Joshua Loth Liebman, Freud, Erickson, Maslow, Joyce Brothers, …

4) Liebman, Joshua Loth, 1907-1948
Peace of mind.  Publisher New York, Simon and Schuster [1946]

psychology and religion

5)  Goodlad, John I
Romances with schools : a life of education  Publisher New York : McGraw-Hill, c2004

schooling 4-16, 3 four-year periods, discovering, practice, applications, from North Vancouver, Chicago, Atlanta, Florida, UCLA, Seattle, …

6) Gibson, William, 1914-
Golda’s balcony : a play / by William Gibson  New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, c2003

Fay played Golda in the Wax Museum at Sweeney, balconies in Dimona and Tel Aviv, threat of nuclear war in 1973

7) Ten Little New Yorkers : A Novel (Hardcover) by Kinky Friedman Hardcover: 208 pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 8, 2005) ISBN: 0743246039

borrowed from public library.  last novel before run for Texas governor, falls off Brooklyn Bridge

8. God Wears Lipstick: Kabbalah for Women Author(s): Berg, Karen
ISBN:  1571892435
Format:  Hardcover
Pub. Date:  3/30/2005
Publisher(s): Pub Group West

women as vessels, men as light,
taking and giving
a mixture of extreme tradition and new age musings –
astology and the ancient texts

9) Author Piercy, Marge
Title The art of blessing the day : poems with a Jewish theme / Marge Piercy
Publisher New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1999
CCSU Stack Level 5   PS3566 I4 A89 1999

reconstructionist poetry

10) Author Piercy, Marge
Title Woman on the edge of time
Publisher [New York : Fawcett Crest], 1976 PS3566 I4 W65 1976b

NY hospital setting – relationships

11) Author Ungerleider, Charles S
Title Failing our kids : how we are ruining our public schools / Charles Ungerleider
Publisher Toronto, Ont. : McClelland & Stewart, c2003
ECSU Stacks   LA412 .U64 2003

society focused from Canadian perspective

12) Author Comer, James P
Title Leave no child behind : preparing today’s youth for tomorrow’s world / James P. Comer ; foreword by Henry Louis Gates  Publisher New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c2004

ECSU Stacks   LB2822.82 C65 2004

strong discussion of his model for New Haven schools – relationships, …

13) Making human beings human : bioecological perspectives on human development / Urie Bronfenbrenner, editor
Publisher Thousand Oaks : Sage Publications, c2005
BF713 .M332 2005

relationships 3x
process-person-context-time model

Book list – Summer 2005
14) Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress (Corgi Books, 1998) short chapters, code, mystery and spy intrigue – will be a B movie

15) Straight man / Richard Russo Publisher New York : Random House, c1997 PS3568.U812 S77 1997
Richard Russo’s The Straight Man (New York: Random House, 1997) is a novel by Richard Russo set at West Central Pennsylvania State University in Railton, PA. A coming of mid-life crisis tale told in first person by the interim chair of the English department. Notable moments include the chair’s hiding in the rafters as the faculty come to a 2/3 vote (when a 3/4 majority is needed) for his dismissal, the threat of killing a campus pond duck every day until the department receives a budget, flirtations between faculty and students, satires on academic scholarship and stardom, and love and health in the season of grace. A good first read for a summer after a hard academic year.

16) The triumph of numbers : how counting shaped modern life / I. Bernard Cohen Publisher New York : W.W. Norton, c2005  QA276.C53 2005

David’s cursed census to Florence Nightgale’s research, with discussion of probability, lotteries, and statistics’ origin

17) Adolescent depression : a guide for parents / Francis Mark Mondimore Publisher Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2002  RJ506.D4 M66 2002

Questions the future of psychotherapy, focus on drugs and their effects and family participation

texts read after talking with Allen Stein

17) Author Harden, Donald B. (Donald Benjamin)
Title The Phoenicians
Publisher New York, Praeger [1962]

Jezebel and Dido connection

18. Author Lewis, Bernard
Title The Middle East : a brief history of the last 2,000 years / Bernard Lewis
Publisher New York, N.Y. : Scribner, c1995
DS62.L594 1995

Sunni, Shi’a, Sufi and impact from West, steepes, Asia

19) Author Fell, Barry
Title America B.C. : ancient settlers in the New World / Barry Fell
Publisher New York : Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co., c1976
E103.F33 1976

Zuni-Libyan, Algonquian-Celtic, Egyptian-Micmac connections

20)Author Fell, Barry
Title Saga America / Barry Fell
Publisher New York : Times Books, c1980
E103.F34 1980

including testimony from Thomas Jefferson

21) The Near East: The Early Civilizations, editors – Jean Bottero, Elena Cassin, Jean Vercoutter.  New York: Delacorte Press, 1965.

foundations of Egypt and Babylon

22) Title Man across the sea; problems of pre-Columbian contacts. Edited by Carroll L. Riley [and others]
Publisher Austin, University of Texas Press [1971]

scientific discussion of biology and  botany diffusion, legend of Quetzalcoatl

23) Performance theories in education : power, pedagogy, and the politics of identity / edited by Bryant K. Alexander, Gary L. Anderson, Bernardo P. Gallegos Publisher    Mahwah, N.J. : L. Erlbaum Associates, 2005

LC196 .P464 2005

Bernardo was a colleague at CSLA.  Notions of body and culture in the classroom.  Performance, reformance, conformance.

24) Title Fueling the future : how the battle over energy is changing everything / edited by Andrew Heintzman and Evan Solomon

Publisher Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2003
TP318.F85 2003

from the Canadian perspective, hydrogen as currency

25) How students learn: history, mathematics, and science in the classroom, ed. by M. Suzanne Donovan and John D. Bransford. 615p index ISBN 0309074339, $54.95

review for CHOICE at

26) Author Lesh, Phil, 1940- Searching for the sound : my life with the Grateful Dead / Phil Lesh  Publisher New York : Little, Brown, 2005 ML419.L43 A3 2005

self-styled nerd’s history of the band, drugs, alcohol, and a mention of Stony Brook in 1969 – not Halloween 1970, There were days

27) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) by J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
3rd in family after N & C to read, Dumbledore

Book List – Fall 2005

28) Author Diamond, Jared M
Title Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human
societies / Jared Diamond
Publisher New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c1997
HM206 D48 1997

also watched 3 hr PBS program, food production and domestication of animals, east-west pathways in Eurasia

29) Author Rury, John L., 1951-
Title Education and social change : themes in the
history of American schooling / John L. Rury
Publisher Mahwah, N.J. : L. Erlbaum Associates, 2005
LA205 R67 2005

Richard Reynolds’ pick for EDU 555, survey of America schooling with featured characters, Lancastrian school format

30) Author Gee, James Paul
Title What video games have to teach us about learning
and literacy / James Paul Gee
Publisher New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003
GV1469.3 G44 2003

gift of Ellen Weiss, justification of video games for learning

31) Author Barrow, John D., 1952-
Title The constants of nature : from Alpha to Omega–the numbers that encode the deepest secrets of the universe / John D. Barrow

Publisher New York : Vintage Books, 2004  QC39.B37 2002

constants imply divinity, origins of time and universe, best of all possible worlds

32) Author Stewart, James B
Title Disney war / James B. Stewart
Publisher New York : Simon & Schuster, c2005 PN1999.W27 S74 2005

Eisner’s history at Disney, Roy Disney’s politics

33) Author Heilman, Samuel C
Title The people of the book : drama, fellowship, and religion / Samuel C. Heilman ; with a new preface
Publisher Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1987 BM205.H43 1987

performance in learning groups in NY and Jerusalem

34) Author Landau, David, 1947-
Title Piety and power : the world of Jewish fundamentalism / David Landau
Publisher New York : Hill and Wang, 1993 BM198.L26 1993

Israeli and US politics around haredim

35) Author Kidder, Tracy
Title Mountains beyond mountains / Tracy Kidder
Publisher New York : Random House, c2003
R154.F36 K53 2003

Dr. Paul Farmer in Haiti, Boston, Peru, Cuba, …

36) Author Goetschel, Willi, 1958-
Title Spinoza’s modernity : Mendelssohn, Lessing, and Heine / Willi Goetschel
Publisher Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c2004
B3998.G63 2004

influence of Spinoza on German philosoph, read Nathan the Wise

37) Author Decherney, Peter
Title Hollywood and the culture elite : How the movies became American / Peter Decherney
Publisher New York : Columbia University Press, c2005
PN1993.5.U6 D36 2005

connection of elite museums and universities to film, influence of film study program, Vachel Lindsay’s text

38) Virtual schools: planning for success, ed. by Zane L. Berge and Tom Clark. 246p bibl index afp ISBN 0807745715 pbk,
review for CHOICE – online

39) Defenders of the Faith: Inside Ultra-Orthodox Jewry

Samuel C. Heilman
394 pages
Publication Date: March 1992
Publisher: Schocken Books

paperback version published in 1999

40) Natasha
And Other Stories
David Bezmozgis
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
160 pages
Pub Date: 06/2004
ISBN: 0-374-28141-6
Animal to the Memory, Immigrants from Riga in Toronto
satmar is saint mary, discussion of sexual relations with a wife of a friend

41) Kaplan, Mordecai Menahem, 1881-
Title Judaism as a civilization; toward a reconstruction of American-Jewish life, by Mordecai M. Kaplan
Publisher New York, Schocken Books [1967]
BM197.7.K26 1967
critique of movements, role of Israel

42) Title Online news and the public / edited by Michael B. Salwen, Bruce Garrison, Paul D. Driscoll
Publisher Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005
PN4833.O55 2005
research from UMiami

43) Ten thousand lovers
by Edeet Ravel
Type: English : Book : Fiction
Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2003. ISBN: 0060565624
has Isaac image at end, Mtl-Israeli love of Israeli interrogator-actor in late 1970s

44) Larkin, Kevin T
Title Stress and hypertension : examining the relation between psychological stress and high blood pressure / Kevin T. Larkin

Publisher New Haven : Yale University Press, c2005
complexities of stress-hypertension relationship

Book List – Winter 2006

45) Author Shulevitz, Uri, 1935- Title The travels of
Benjamin of Tudela : through three continents in the
twelfth century / Uri Shulevitz Publisher New York :
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2005 isbn 0-374-37754-5

intriguing illustations, on the harshest of travel
Spain to Persian

46) The secret seder by Doreen Rappaport;  Emily Arnold
McCully, New York : Hyperion Books For Children,
* ISBN: 0786807776

seder among resistance fighters in 1940s

47) Davies, Douglas James
A brief history of death
Publisher Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2005
HQ1073.D383 2005

past and future projections of death

48) Dr. Suess Goes to War: The World War II Editorial
Cartoons of
Thedor Seuss Geisel
author – Minear, Richard H.
(2001 ISBN: (1-56584-704-0) paper

editorial cartoons for PM 39-41

49) Cavalier, Robert J
Title The impact of the Internet on our moral lives / Robert J. Cavalier Publisher Albany : State University of New York Press, c2005

TK5105.878.C38 2005

20-60-20 cheating, virtual virtues

50) Author Bothwell, Robert
Title Our century : the Canadian journey in the twentieth century / Robert Bothwell and J.L. Granatstein
Publisher Toronto : McArthur & Co., 2000
F1034.B619 2000

honest history appraisal of a bicultural, multicultural nation

51) Declining by degrees : higher education at risk / edited by Richard H. Hersh and John Merrow ; foreword by Tom Wolfe

Publisher New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2005
LA227.4 .D45 2005

marketing, questioning the value of undergraduate education

52) Author Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963
Title The Screwtape letters [and] Screwtape proposes a toast / by C. S. Lewis
Publisher New York, : Macmillan, [c1961]
BR125.L67 1961

diabolic letters on catching souls, with an attack on democracy, particularly in American schools

53) Author Nigosian, S. A. (Solomon Alexander)
Title Islam : its history, teaching, and practices / S.A. Nigosian
Publisher Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2004
BP161.3.N54 2004

Joseph’s tale differences, diversity in Islam

54) Author McLuhan, Marshall, 1911-
Title The global village : transformations in world life and media in the 21st century / Marshall McLuhan and Bruce R. Powers

Publisher New York : Oxford University Press, 1989
P96.T42 M34 1989

angelism and robotism, east-west, cultural identity in Canada and US, tetradic glossary

readings 2006

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Book List – Spring 2006
1) Author Updike, John
Title Still looking : essays on American art / John Updike
Publisher New York : Knopf, 2005
N6505.U64 2005

American painters and their influence and reaction in Europe

2) Author Harvey, Peter (Brian Peter)
Title An introduction to Buddhism : teachings, history, and practices / Peter Harvey
Publisher Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990
BQ4022.H37 1990

diversity within Buddhism, historical analyses

3) Author Jones, Edward P
Title Lost in the city : stories / by Edward P. Jones ; photographs by Amos Chan
Publisher New York : Morrow, c1992
PS3560.O4813 L67 1992

author at Arts and Lectures Series, read two stories – on blindness and slavery, DC stories

4) Author Spitz, Bob
Title The Beatles : the biography / Bob Spitz
Publisher New York : Little, Brown, 2005
ML421.B4 S67 2005

too much detail on some hard-working kids who pushed themselves to the top, Hamburg and Liverpool scenes

5) Watson, Anne. Mathematics as a constructive activity by Anne Watson and John Mason. 228p bibl indexes afp ISBN 0805843434.

Choice review

6) Virtual decisions: digital simulations for teaching reasoning in the social sciences and humanities, ed. by Steve Cohen et al. 286p bibl indexes afp ISBN 0805849947, $79.95

Choice review

Choice research review on sorting literature on Education – needs recategorization and less emphasis on higher education if the focus is teacher education

7) Author Santiago, Esmeralda
Title When I was Puerto Rican. Spanish
Cuando era puertorriqueña / Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher New York : Vintage Books, 1994
SCSU Stacks   F128.9.P85S2718 1994

Spanish – focus on la falda and country life in PR

8. Author Pinsky, Robert
Title Jersey rain / Robert Pinsky
Publisher New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000
ECSU Stacks   PS3566.I54 J47 2000

use of acrostics – name of people in Brooklyn, diverse poems,     commencement speaker

9) Pinsky, Robert
An explanation of America / Robert Pinsky
Publisher Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1979
ECSU Stacks   PS3566.I54 E9
poems of the prairies, also within

10) Pinsky, Robert
The figured wheel : new and collected poems, 1966-1996 / Robert Pinsky
Publisher New York : Noonday Press, 1997, c1996
ECSU Stacks   PS3566.I54 F54 1997

eclectic mix of urban and newcomer to America poetry

11) Santiago, Esmeralda
Almost a woman / Esmeralda Santiago
Publisher Reading, Mass. : Perseus Books, 1998
ECSU Stacks   F128.9.P85 S268 1998

immigrant tale – 9 year old who goes to HS Performing Arts, Up the Down Staircase cast, mating

12) Spring, Joel. Pedagogies of globalization: the rise of the educational security state. 308p bibl indexes afp ISBN 0805855564.

Choice review, deschooling society with a mix of pedagogy for the oppressed

Book List – Summer 2006

13) Meaningful learning using technology: what educators need to know and do, ed. by Elizabeth A. Ashburn and Robert E. Floden. 232p bibl index afp ISBN 0807746843 pbk, $44.95

Choice review – professional development at the core

14) Author Wiesel, Elie, 1928-
Title The night trilogy / Elie Wiesel
Publisher New York : Hill and Wang, 1990
PQ2683.I32 Z467 1987

Night, Dawn, The Accident (LeJour) – camps, Israel executions, car accident and recovery in light over Hudson

15) Author Fine, Ellen S
Title Legacy of night, the literary universe of Elie Wiesel / Ellen S. Fine ; with a foreword by Terrence Des Pres
Publisher Albany : State University of New York Press, c1982
ECSU Stacks   PQ2683.I32Z68 1982

literary analyses – Night – father-son relationships, night, everlasting story

16) Online professional development for teachers: emerging models and methods, ed. by Chris Dede. 296p index ISBN 1891792741, $59.95; ISBN 1891792733 pbk, $29.95

Choice review

17) Pinsky, Robert
Title The life of David / Robert Pinsky
Publisher New York : Nextbook : Schocken, 2005
BS580.D3 P56 2005

interesting take on father-son status, virility, related to other poets

18) From haven to home : 350 years of Jewish life in America / editor, Michael W. Grunberger ; contributors, Hasia Diner … [et al.]

Publisher New York : George Braziller in association with the Library of Congress, 2004
E184.35.F76 2004

overview of history, politics, Black-Jewish relations – anti-semitism, women’s roles, …

19) Pinsky, Robert
Title Democracy, culture, and the voice of poetry / Robert Pinsky
Publisher Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2002
PS323.5.P57 2002

narcissism, class in American poetry

20) Salt Dreams
by Jimmy and Dena Katz
Texts by Vicki Goldberg and Francis Davis
PowerHouse Books, 2006

cousin photos on the salt flats in Utah

21) Wiesel, Elie, 1928-
The trial of God (as it was held on February 25, 1649, in Shamgorod) : a play in three acts / by Elie Wiesel ; translated by Marion Wiesel

Publisher New York : Random House, c1979
PQ2683.I32 P7613

rather incomplete, ends abruptly, Satan as defense attorney, Purimspiel

22) Author Singer, Isaac Bashevis, 1904-1991
Title Satan in Goray
Publisher New York, Noonday Press, 1955
PJ5129.S49 S63

exorcisms after Shabati Zevi’s followers and opponents split a Polish shetl

23) To live together : shaping new attitudes to peace through education / edited by Daniel S. Halperin
Publisher Paris : UNESCO : International Bureau of Education , c1997
ECSU Stacks   LC1090.T6 1997

references peace initiatives in Israel, effects on children

24) Bye bye Birdie [videorecording] / Columbia Pictures
Publisher Burbank, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1986
ECSU Video   PN1995.9.M86 B94 1986

viewed by Fay, different than Kids’ Company version

25) Author Miller, Mark Crispin
Title Fooled again : how the Right stole the 2004 election & why they’ll steal the next one too (unless we stop them) / Mark Crispin Miller

Publisher New York : Basic Books, 2005
ECSU Stacks   JK1994.M63 2005
evidence of voting tampering and tactics used by conservatives to gain and maintain power

26) Title Yellow submarine [videorecording] / Apple Films presents a King Features production ; screenplay by Lee Minoff and Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal ; produced by Al Brodax ; directed by George Dunning

Publisher Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Video, c1999

ECSU Video   PN1995.9.M86 Y45 1999

borrowed and watched in honor of 39th anniversary of issue date, Fay was bored

27) Author Roth, Philip
Title Everyman / Philip Roth
Publisher Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006
PS3568.O855 E94 2006

aging, illness, and death – alienation from family, depressing end in a condo on the Jersey Shore

28) Blood brothers / Elias Chacour with David Hazard (Grand Rapids, Mich. : Chosen Books, c1984), DS 113.7 .C49 1984.

need more information on Biram, peaceful journey – study in Europe, Hebrew University

Book List – Summer 2 2006

29) How to Read the Bible
By Marc Zvi Brettler
PhiladelphiaL JPS, 2005
ISBN: 082760775X

four or more writers, J – Jehovah, E – Elohist, P – Priestly, D – Deuteronomy, R – redactor, interesting discussion between authors of Esther and Ruth, archaelogical evidence

30) Stress in Israel; Breznitz, Shlomo, editor, New
York:  Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1983.

driving and pushiness related to agression of war, crime not correlated with stress of war, art therapy
to study children’s reactions to war.

31)  Lusane, Clarence, 1953-
Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice : foreign policy, race, and the new American century / Clarence Lusane ; foreword by Kwame Dixon

Publisher Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006
E902.L87 2006

Rice was a friend of one of the girls who died in Birmingham church bombing, Powell and immigrant experience

32) Author Obama, Barack
Title Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance / Barack Obama
Publisher New York : Three Rivers Press, c2004

E185.97.O23 A3 2004

Kenyan-Kansas Hawai’i, Indonesia, New York, Chicago, … hard finding oneself in a diverse world

33) Author Chacour, Elias, 1939-
Title We belong to the land : the story of a Palestinian Israeli who lives for peace and reconciliation / Elias Chacour with Mary E. Jensen

Publisher [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, c1990
DS113.7 C495 1990

update and addition to Blood Brothers – more politics among Palestinians, confused Israeli policies

34) Gore, Albert, 1948-
Title Earth in the balance : ecology and the human spirit / Al Gore Publisher Boston : Houghton Mifflin, :c1992
GF41 G67 1992

human history and ecology, planning for future, not lack of fuel but environment that is in danger

35) Author: Tabor, James D.
The Jesus Dynasty: A New Historical Investigation of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity Bibliographic Data: Hardcover, 384 Pages, Simon & Schuster, April 2006

ISBN: 0743287231

two Messiahs – John and Jesus, Levitic line in Mary’s ancestors, Jesus’ father – a Jewish Roman soldier who died in Gaul, Paul over James the Just for the future of the religion

36) Donna Rosenthal. The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land. New York: Free Press, 2003

dense text on multiple segments of Israeli life, interesting stories of cultural conflict

37) Author Grossman, David
Title Nokhe’im nif’adim. English
Sleeping on a wire : conversations with Palestinians in Israel / David Grossman ; translated from the Hebrew by Haim Watzman

Publisher New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1993
DS113.7 G7613 1993

intercultural connections, cantons, Islam Movement, sleeping on wire – not moving forward or back, demographics

38) Holmes, Bryn. E-learning: concepts and practice, by Bryn Holmes and John Gardner. 186p bibl index ISBN 1412911109, $110.00; ISBN 1412911117 pbk, $34.95

Choice review, Holmes at Concordia?

39) The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror, George Soros, New York:  Perseus Book Group, 2006.

conceptual framework based on open society, critic of world order

40) Unspeak:  How words become weapons, how weapons become a message, and how that messgae becomes reality, Steven Poole, New York, Grove Press, 2006.

how words are used to frame discussion, Israeli fence, war on terror

41) Sailing from Byzantium:  How a lost empire shaped the world, Colin Wells, New York:  Delacorte Press, 2006.

Character based, influence of changing nature of Byzantium on Europe, Islam, and Slavic empire

42)  Grossman, David
Title Zeman ha-tsahov. English
The yellow wind / David Grossman ; translated from the Hebrew by Haim Watzman
Publisher New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1988
ECSU Stacks   DS110.W47G7613 1988

Abu Danni, Wastonaires, crossing the Jordan, divided villages

Book List – Fall 2006

43) Author Suskind, Ron
Title The one percent doctrine : deep inside America’s pursuit of its enemies since 9/11 / Ron Suskind
Publisher New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006
ECSU Stacks   HV6432.S87 2006

Vice President Dick Cheney articulated shortly after 9/11: in Mr. Suskind’s words, ”if there was even a 1 percent chance of terrorists getting a weapon of mass destruction — and there has been a small probability of such an occurrence for some time — the United States must now act as if it were a certainty.”

discussion of the CIA and other international players in the war on terror

44) Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-
Title Blink : the power of thinking without thinking / Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2005
BF448 .G53 2005

the power of first impressions, the new coke situation

45) The Seasons of a man’s life / by Daniel J. Levinson … [et al.]
Publisher New York : Knopf, c1978
BF724.6.S42 1978

mentioned by Elsa Nunez – stages of life, research study of changes for men

book club discussion books –

46) How The Bible Was Built
Author: Charles Merrill Smith, James W. Bennett;
Released: 2005; Format: Paperback

good section the politics of the bible in European history, motivated by grand-daughter’s question

47) Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages (Hardcover)by Jaroslav Pelikan, Viking 2005

changes in Bible over history, uses in politics in England, motivated by Halleujah choir

48) Zipporah, Wife of Moses
by Marek Halter
Publisher: Crown, 2005

Moses, son of Pharoah mother, escapes murder to be isolate on sea, saves sisters, Zipporah’s sister marries into Sheba and hates Moses, resolves lack of mention of Gershon and Eliezer – killed in stampede at golden calf, Zipporah – Cushite orphan found by Jethro, Miriam scarred by torture by new pharoah who wanted to know from handmaiden origin of Moses, Horeb as volcano, …

49) Banner, James M., Jr. and Harold C. Cannon. 1997. The Elements
of Teaching. Yale University Press. 160 pp. $16.50. ISBN
was sent to me for review.  They list the elements of teaching to be


50) Title Rethinking multicultural education : case studies in cultural transition / edited by Carol Korn and Alberto Bursztyn ; foreword by Joe Kincheloe

Publisher Westport, Conn. : Bergin & Garvey, 2002
LC1099.3.R49 2002

papers from Brooklyn College, transformative multicultural education to overcome despair, individual case studies

51) Author Clayton, Jacklyn Blake  Title One classroom, many worlds : teaching and learning in the cross-cultural classroom / Jacklyn Blake Clayton

Publisher Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, c2003

orientations in a multicultural classroom – human nature, person-nature, time, activity – being is more important than doing, relational

52) Title Critical multicultural conversations / edited by Greg S. Goodman and Karen Carey
Publisher Cresskill, N.J. : Hampton Press, c2004
LC1099.3 .C75 2004

students of Peter McLaren, individual case studies of minority groups, deep culture concerns, laptop study – on what the students related to the machines and each other

53) Title Culturally proficient instruction : a guide for people who teach / Kikanza Nuri Robins … [et al]
Publisher Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin Press, c2006
LC1099.3.C845 2006

includes as author, Dean Raymond Terrell from CSULA, now in Ohio,

continuum towards cultural proficiency – page 3

cultural destructiveness
cultural incapacity
cultural blindness
cultual precompetence
cultural competence

cultural proficiency – holding esteem for culture, knowing how to learn about individual and organizational culture, interacting effectively in a variety of cultural environments


Reading 2007

August 19, 2007, 10:59 pm
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The following is a list of books that I have read as a reference for myself and to initiate a discussion with others.  David Stoloff –

Book List – Winter 2007

1) Author Gorkin, Michael
Title Days of honey, days of onion : the story of a Palestinian family in Israel / Michael Gorkin
Publisher Berkeley : University of California Press, [1993]
DS113.7.G65 1993

American Jew studied the lives of a family in Kufr Qara – a village near Megiddo,  their history as colonists from Egypt in 19th century, their reactions to the disruptions in the late 40s, their schools, religious life, and family life into the 1990s

2) Author Oz, Amos
In the land of Israel / Amos Oz ; translated by Maurie Goldberg-Bartura
Publisher New York : Vintage Books, 1984, c1983
DS112.O913 1984

interviews and observations on haredi, “Judeo-Nazi” settler, Arab men in cafe looking for piece, lecture on the settler movement, cosmic Jew

3) Author Samarah, Adil
Title Palestine : profile of an occupation
Publisher London ; Atlantic Highlands, N.J., USA : Zed Books, 1989
DS113.7.P33 1989

colonial law, migrant workers, demographics of Jerusalem, role of literature in shaping discussion, role of women in the Palestinian struggle

4) Author Kort, Michael, 1944-
Title The handbook of the Middle East / Michael G. Kort
Publisher Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, c2002
ECSU Curric/Juvenile   956 KOR

good introduction to region, difficult to keep up with changes

5) Author Richler, Mordecai, 1931-2001
Title This year in Jerusalem / Mordecai Richler
Publisher New York : Knopf, 1994
DS107.5.R54 1994

Habonim teenage experiences and friends mixed into a visit to Israel in 1992, from shetl life to Montreal streets to Israeli experiences
6) Type II uses of technology in education: projects, case studies, and software applications, by Cleborne D. Maddux, and D. LaMont Johnson. 207p bibl index afp ISBN 0789032554, $34.95; ISBN 0789032562 pbk, $17.95

Choice review – Type II applications of technology in education “make use and better ways of teaching available, ways not possible without the use of the information technology.”

7) THE JEW STORE By Stella Suberman.  1998, Algonquin, $19.95.
Jewish family in western Tenn, Concordia, and their needs for bar mitzvah training and appropriate suitors and friends.  Led to a discussion on whether Jewish life in America is tenious, isolation issues, anti-Semitism or misunderstandings.

8. Author Herzl, Theodor, 1860-1904
Title Altneuland. English
Altneuland = Old-new land : novel / by Theodor Herzl ; translated by Paula Arnold
Publisher Haifa, Israel : Haifa Pub. Co., 1961
PT2617 E825 A413 1961

world-weary lawyer and patron return to Haifa after 20 years away, utopian plan for a New Society, interesting color photos pasted in text

9) Jeanneney, Jean-Noël Google and the Myth of Universal
Knowledge: A View from Europe. Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan. Foreword by Ian Wilson. 96 p. 5-1/2 x
8-1/2 2006  Cloth $18.00spec ISBN: 978-0-226-39577-7 (ISBN-10:

worries that google would direct readers to English translations of text in its Google Book Search – digitalized texts

10) Turner, Fred From Counterculture to Cyberculture:
Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism. 354 p., 16 halftones. 6 x 9
2006  Cloth $29.00 ISBN: 978-0-226-81741-5 (ISBN-10:
0-226-81741-5) Fall 2006

Brand in the Bay Area, new communalism vs. new left, Kesey, Dead, Microsoft, MIT media lab

11) Lou Dobbs, War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War onthe American Dream and How to Fight Back (Hardcover)  Viking, 2006

attack on schools, immigration, ownership of media

Book List – Spring 2007

12) Mihara, Mitsukazu (2002).   Haunted House.  Hamburg:
Toyko Pop.

graphic novel of teen-ager growing up in house of vampires, problems with girls

13) Berg, Elizabeth (2006)  The Handmaiden and the Carpenter.  NYC: Random House.

short retelling of nativity, focus on Joseph’s patience, relationship with cohenim John the Baptist’s family, royal family through Joseph

14)  Leo Litwak (2001). The Medic: Life and Death in the Last Days of WWII. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

book club choice, Jewish  college kid from Detroit in Europe in 1944-45, Saxony, girl from Sorbonne, other relationships with soldiers and towns people and forced labor

15) Theodore Dalrymple (2005). Our Culture, What’s Left of
It: The Mandarins and the Masses.  Chicago: Ivan R.

critiques, short essays on changing art, music, colonialism, western Europe, Islam, by son of German-Jewish refugee mother, world-travelling doctor

16) The Children in Room E4, American Education on Trial by Susan Eaton, Publisher: Algonquin Books (11/03/2006)
ISBN: 156512488X.

looping 3-4 graders – Jeremy in Ms. Luddy class, Waverly-Simpson School, Hartford, Sheff case, John Brittain

17) AUTHOR Sagan, Carl, 1934-1996
TITLE Cosmic connection
Carl Sagan’s cosmic connection : an extraterrestrial perspective / Carl Sagan ; produced by Jerome Agel ; new contributions by Freeman Dyson, Ann Druyan, and David Morrison

PUBLISHER Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000
QB54.S24 2000

re-issue of 1973 series of essays, with some updating, C-O, temp chauvinism, SETI

18) AUTHOR Levitt, Matthew, 1970-
TITLE Hamas : politics, charity, and terrorism in the service of jihad / Matthew Levitt ; foreword by Dennis Ross
PUBLISHER New Haven : Yale University Press, c2006
JQ1830.A98 H3756 2006

analysis of Hamas – full-service group, connections to Muslim Brotherhood

19) Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.
by Jimmy Carter New York:  Simon and Schuster, 2006.

Christian perspective on conflict in Israel-Palestine, seen as cause of all of the conflicts in the region, describes close relationships with dictators in the region, implied support for terrorism

22) AUTHOR Bradley, James, 1954-
TITLE Flags of our fathers / James Bradley with Ron Powers
PUBLISHER New York : Bantam Books, 2000

CCSU Stack Level 3   D767.99 I9 B73 2000

focused on Iwo Jima battle and lives of 3 survivors, son’s discussion with father, lived in Japan, Ira Hayes and Rene Gagnon’s life adjustments

21) TITLE Recapturing the personal : essays on education and embodied knowledge in comparative perspective / edited by Irving Epstein

PUBLISHER Charlotte, NC : Information Age Pub. Inc., c2007

ECSU Stacks   LB14.7.R44 2007

Irv served as editor, embodied knowledge, comparative education, Irv wrote on embodied perspective, whiteness, and Chinese films about schools, Mark Winokur on codes of cyberspace, Carolyn Manion on emotional capital in The Gambia, Helen Boyle on Qur’anic memorization, Susan Peters – on disability as performative metaphor, Noah Sobe on field trips in Serbia, Sheryl Lutjens on Cuban education

22) AUTHOR Oz, Amos
TITLE Sipur ?al ahavah ?e-?oshekh. English
A tale of love and darkness / Amos Oz ; translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange
PUBLISHER Orlando : Harcourt, c2004
ECSU Stacks   PJ5054.O9 Z47313 2004

early years of Amos Oz in Jerusalem – eastern European immigrants, some on war for Jerusalem and Kibbutz life and remaking of youth

23) AUTHOR Morris, Roy
TITLE The better angel : Walt Whitman in the Civil War / Roy Morris, Jr
PUBLISHER Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
ECSU Stacks   PS3232.M67 2000

Walt Whitman as nurse during war, connection with Barton, brother as war hero

Book List – Spring II 2007

24) AUTHOR Eisenberg, Deborah
TITLE The twilight of the superheroes / Deborah Eisenberg
PUBLISHER New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006
ECSU Stacks   PS3555.I793 T87 2006

slackers in NYC during 911, social life and relationships for this decade

25) Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell (1999). The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing To Change Themselves and the World around Them. New York: Broadway Books.

diary entries from the Freedom Writers, saw Erin Gruwell at the AACTE opening

26) Information literacy collaborations that work: , ed. by Trudi E. Jacobson and Thomas P. Mackey. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 264p bibl index afp ISBN 1555705790 pbk, $85.00

Choice review – relevant for LAP 133 – Online Learning and Teaching

27) Greene, Jay P., 1966-
TITLE Education myths : what special interest groups want you to believe about our schools, and why it isn’t so / by Jay P. Greene, with Greg Forster and Marcus A. Winters ; foreword by James Q. Wilson

PUBLISHER Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2005
LA210.E445 2005

arguments against all of the values held by teacher education programs

28) Ricks, Thomas E
TITLE Fiasco : the American military adventure in Iraq / Thomas E. Ricks
PUBLISHER New York : Penguin Press, 2006
ECSU Stacks   DS79.76.R535 2006

detailed history of Iraq situation

29) AUTHOR Hirsi Ali, Ayaan, 1969-
TITLE Infidel / Ayaan Hirsi Ali
PUBLISHER New York : Free Press, c2007
ECSU Stacks   DJ292.H57 A3 2007

story of young Somali woman and life in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Somaila, then Europe and Holland, threatened as attacked women’s issues in Islam

30) AUTHOR Potok, Chaim
TITLE Old men at midnight / Chaim Potok
PUBLISHER New York : Knopf, 2001
CCSU Stack Level 5   PS3566 O69 O44 2001

three short stories all linked by Davita – 1) after 1945, Davita as English teacher to teen-age religious boy, tormented artist, 2) Davita as guided and muse to a Russian Jewish security interogator, ousted by Stalin, 3) Davita as writer-neighbor in CT-like setting to a professor of war, brings up memories of his trope teacher and religious background.  Potok’s last book?

31) Taffe, Susan Watts. Integrating literacy and technology: effective practice for grades K-6, by Susan Watts Taffe and Carolyn B. Gwinn. 146p bibl index afp ISBN 1593854536, $42.00; ISBN 1593854528 pbk, $19.95

CHOICE review – more on instructional planning/design than technology, good discussion on instructional cycle and assessment

32) Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed is a 2005 English-language book by Jared M. Diamond, professor of geography at University of California, Los Angeles.

China, South Pacific Islands – Easter Island, Australia, Montana – delicate balance with environment, gift from Rona and Dennis

33) AUTHOR Jacobson, Matthew Frye, 1958-
TITLE Roots too : White ethnic revival in post-civil rights America / Matthew Frye Jacobson
PUBLISHER Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006

ECSU Stacks   E184.A1 J23 2006

white ethnics, with an emphasis on Jews,  women, and gays, and their reaction to Roots and the civil rights movement

34) AUTHOR Piercy, Marge
TITLE What are big girls made of? : poems / by Marge Piercy
PUBLISHER New York : Knopf, 1997

ECSU Stacks   PS3566.I4 W48 1997

personal and religious poetry, clever discussion of women’s roles

35) AUTHOR Coyle, Diane
TITLE The soulful science : what economists really do and why it matters / Diane Coyle
PUBLISHER Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2007

ECSU Stacks   HB74.P8 C58 2007

interesting overview of economics – personal stories of leaders, discussion of valuing happiness and development, emphasis on technology

Book List – Summer 2007

36) AUTHOR Ebert, Roger
TITLE Your movie sucks / Roger Ebert
PUBLISHER Kansas City : Andrews McMeel Pub., c2007

ECSU Stacks   PN1995.E319 2007

reviews of movies that he didn’t like

37) AUTHOR Iraq Study Group (U.S.)
TITLE The Iraq Study Group report / James A. Baker, III, and Lee H. Hamilton, co-chairs; Lawrence S. Eagleburger … [et al.]

PUBLISHER New York : Vintage Books, 2006

ECSU Stacks   E902.I73 2006

does include that mid-East conflict requires settlement in Israel-Palestine, short report, suggested timetable, international involvement

38)TITLE Couldn’t keep it to myself : testimonies from our imprisoned sisters / Wally Lamb and the women of York Correctional Institution

PUBLISHER New York : ReganBooks, 2004

ECSU Stacks   PS548.C8 C68 2004

very sad stories how women wound up in York/Niantic, echoes of She Came Undone

39) AUTHOR Larson, Edward J. (Edward John)
TITLE The creation-evolution debate : historical perspectives / Edward J. Larson
PUBLISHER Athens : University of Georgia Press, c2007

discussion of belief among scientists, different forms of evolution, recent and famous court cases

ECSU Stacks   BL263.L32 2007

TITLE Thailand [videorecording] : the golden kingdom / producer/director, Andrew K. Slodkowski ; writer, Peter Stein
PUBLISHER San Ramon, CA. : International Video Network, c1991

ECSU Video   DS566.2.T54

dated but a good introduction, includes scenes of Chiang Mai

40) Concerto pour quatre consonnes sans voyelles | Marc-Alain Ouaknin, Format : Poche Prix : 10,4 € Dernière Edition : Octobre 2003 Nbre. de pages : 432

EAN : 9782228897892
I.S.B.N. : 2-228-89789-2
Editeur       Payot

book lent by Emmanuel, enhanced numerology, numbering dots, Oedipus Rex, vowels for desire, “fay” in numbers’ names, division of aleph into 2 yods and a vav,  word plays, critique of Paul’s change in Judaism and chimera of Judeo-Christian society
41) Title Judaism as a civilization;
toward a reconstruction of American-Jewish life, by Author Kaplan, Mordecai Menahem, 1881-
Publisher New York, Schocken Books [1967] LOCATION CALL NO. STATUS NOTE
ECSU Stacks BM197.7.K26 1967 DUE 09-18-07 American Jews as citizens of
two civilizations – Judaism in home and in centers, kosher in home,
freedom to explore outside of home, criticism of other branches of
Judaism, would have been a good text to discuss
42) Across a hundred mountains : a novel / Author Grande, Reyna

Publisher New York : Atria Books, 2006 LOCATION CALL NO. STATUS
NOTE ECSU Stacks PS3607.R3627 A63 2006 DUE 11-07-07

interconnected stories of two girls/women – victims of immigration, poverty,
mistreatment by men, in mountains near Acapulco, Tijuana, Los Angeles,
El Otro Lado, shelters in LA, sexual slavery in village, bus to border

43) 26 Reasons Why Jews Don’t Believe in Jesus, By: Asher Norman – website – – more as a reference, definition of messiah, divinity issues, historic accounts, misleading reading of writings.

44)  Author Connelly, Karen, 1969-
Title Touch the dragon : a Thai journal / Karen Connelly
Publisher Winnipeg : Turnstone Press, c1992
ECSU Stacks   DS566.2.C65 1992

16th year old from Calgary, Canada goes to Denchai, Thailand as a high school student, Thailand as a dream, mai pen rai

45) Author Ziesing, Michael, 1946-
Title I walked away : an expatriate’s guide to living cheaply in Thailand / by Michael Ziesing ; introduction by Mike Gunderloy
Publisher Port Townsend, WA : Loompanics Unlimited, c1996

ECSU Stacks   DS566.2.Z54 1996

former Eastern CSU Asian philosophy professor and co-owner of legendary bookstore goes to Thailand as an ex-pat, bar keeper, husband, rural home owner.  Frank discussion on visas, sex, relationships.

46) Author Kotter, John P., 1947-
Title Our iceberg is melting : changing and succeeding under any conditions / by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber ; with artwork by Peter Mueller
Publisher New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2006, c2005
Edition 1st St. Martin’s Press ed
ECSU Stacks   HD58.8.K672 2006


The 8-Step Process of Successful Change


1. Create a Sense of Urgency.
Help others see the need for change and the importance of acting immediately.

2. Pull Together the Guiding Team.
Make sure there is a powerful group guiding the change—one with leadership skills, bias for action, credibility, communications ability, authority, analytical skills.


3. Develop the Change Vision and Strategy.
Clarify how the future will be different from the past, and how you can make that future a reality.


4. Communicate for Understanding and Buy-in.
Make sure as many others as possible understand and accept the vision and the strategy.

5. Empower Others to Act.
Remove as many barriers as possible so that those who want to make the vision a reality can do so.

6. Produce Short-Term Wins.
Create some visible, unambiguous successes as soon as possible.

7. Don’t Let Up.
Press harder and faster after the first successes. Be relentless with instituting change after change until the vision becomes a reality.


8. Create a New Culture.
Hold on to the new ways of behaving, and make sure they succeed, until they become a part of the very culture of the group.

47) The kite runner
Hosseini, Khaled
New York : Riverhead Books, 2003
PS3608.O832 K58 2003

well-written novel that provided background in the changes in Afghanistan since the 1960s, male relationships, damages of ethnocentrism, societal honor, and war on children

48) Author Lowy, Ronald M.
Title Paint to win : creative strategic management / Ronald M. Lowy
Publisher Dallas ; Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c2003

chair of business administration department, design for success

49) Using technology with classroom instruction that works by Howard Pitler et al. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development/Mid-continent Research for Education and Learing, 2007.  242p bibl index afp ISBN 9781416605706

Choice review, curriculum development using innovative software

50) Kohn, Alfie
Title The homework myth : why our kids get too much of a bad thing / Alfie Kohn
Publisher Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Life Long, 2006
Edition 1st Da Capo Press ed

companion to his work on testing, questions the goals and effectiveness of homework and the public perceptions of its purposes

51) Scherkenbach, William W
Deming’s road to continual improvement / William W. Scherkenbach
Publisher Knoxville, Tenn. : SPC Press, c1991

voice of people, process, Deming’s cycle (PDSA) –  “Plan, Do, Study, Act,”  Laotsu’s definition of a leader –

A leader is best when people barely know he exists; not so good when they obey and acclaim him; worse when they despise him.  Fail to honor people, they fail to honor you.  But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, “We did this ourselves.”  –  Lao-Tsu

52) Author Ellison, Ralph
Title Juneteenth : a novel / Ralph Ellison ; edited by John F. Callahan ; preface by Charles Johnson
Publisher New York : Vintage Books, 2000, c1999
Edition 1st Vintage International ed

novel on race confusion in US in the second half of the 20th century. Senator raised by preacher, former jazz-man, killed on Senate floor. Intricate flashbacks and streams of consciousness.

53) Takaki, Ronald T., 1939-
A different mirror : a history of multicultural America / Ronald Takaki
Boston : Little, Brown & Co., c1993
Edition 1st ed
comprehensive text on immigrants and nature of accommodations  for diverse groups


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