Heading Back to School: An eBook Special

As we head back to school in a wildly different world than we did last fall, it’s more important than ever to take a close look at our education system and determine the changes that need to be made. Explore studies on student activism, homeschooling, school discipline and more to discover new perspectives on American education and its need for reform. Check out the eBooks below—each $1.99 through the end of September!

Offer good through September 30, 2020, only available through US retailers


Youth Activism in an Era of Education InequalityYouth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality

by Ben Kirshner

Based on ten years of research by youth development scholar Ben Kirshner, this book shows examples of young people building political power during an era of racial inequality, diminished educational opportunity, and an atrophied public square. The book’s case studies analyze what these experiences mean for young people and why they are good for democracy.  Kirshner argues that youth and societal institutions are strengthened when young people, particularly those most disadvantaged by educational inequity, turn their critical gaze to education systems and participate in efforts to improve them.


Ending Zero ToleranceEnding Zero Tolerance

The Crisis of Absolute School Discipline

by Derek W. Black

“Black’s book is necessary reading for educators and those who work with youth, whether during classroom hours or in an after-school setting.”—Youth Today

“With the intent to address the toxic environment that zero tolerance perpetuates, Black outlines a convincing argument that the courts must step in to speed reform and ensure that all students are cared for equally.”—Library Journal


Educating the Whole Child for the Whole WorldEducating the Whole Child for the Whole World

The Ross School Model and Education for the Global Era

Edited by Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco and Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj

“Courtney Ross has devoted her life to holistic education for young people. Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World tells the marvelous story of how one day they will be our future leaders and help create a peaceful, just, sustainable and healthy society.”—Deepak Chopra

“I’ve always believed that education is freedom. It opens the door to greater possibilities. In my life’s work in education, I’ve turned to Courtney Ross to provide insight and inspiration. The Ross School is an exemplary model of what is attainable for global education in the 21st Century.”—Oprah Winfrey


Teaching What You're NotTeaching What You’re Not

Identity Politics in Higher Education

Edited by Katherine Mayberry

Can whites teach African-American literature effectively and legitimately? What is at issue when a man teaches a women’s studies course? How effectively can a straight woman educate students about gay and lesbian history? What are the political implications of the study of the colonizers by the colonized? More generally, how does the identity of an educator affect his or her credibility with students and with other educators? In incident after well-publicized incident, these abstract questions have turned up in America’s classrooms and in national media, often trivialized as the latest example of PC excess. Going beyond simplistic headlines, Teaching What You’re Not broaches these and many other difficult questions. 


Home Is Where the School IsHome Is Where the School Is

The Logic of Homeschooling and the Emotional Labor of Mothering

by Jennifer Lois

“A welcome addition to a growing literature on emotion work, culture, and parenting across social class and in other child-care arrangements. Terrific for sociology, culture, or women’s studies collections.”—CHOICE

“Using in-depth longitudinal interviews, Lois sheds light on the emotional lives of homeschoolers and elucidates a number of core social psychological processes related to stigma, identity, social roles, and emotion management.”—Sociology of Religion


The Public ProfessorThe Public Professor

How to Use Your Research to Change the World

by M. V. Lee Badgett

“This relatively short book shows one way in which academics can justify our privileged position and enhance the quality of research and teaching in the process. The Public Professor should be required reading.”—Times Higher Education

“Badgett provides cogent advice and time-tested guidelines for scholars interested in expanding their research results beyond academia…an accessible and thought-provoking primer.”—Library Journal


Our Schools SuckOur Schools Suck

Students Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failures of Urban Education

by Jeanne Theoharis, Gaston Alonso, Noel S. Anderson and Celina Su

Our Schools Suck aims to give voice to some of the youth caught up in the maelstrom of 21st century urban education, within a critical framework of the cultural values and larger socioeconomic forces that shape the decade.”—City Limits

“For anyone desperate for a fresh look into the apartheid education system, in which Black and Latino students are currently trapped.”—The Daily Voice


How the University WorksHow the University Works

Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation

by Marc Bousquet and Cary Nelson

“Bousquet takes an uncompromising look at the way colleges employ those who teach and how many professors have done nothing as tenured positions have been replaced with adjunct slots.”—Inside Higher Ed

“Marc Bousquet’s How the University Works should be required reading for anyone with an interest in the future of higher education, including administrators, faculty members, graduate students, and even more significantly undergraduates and their parents.”—The Chronicle of Higher Education


Calling the ShotsCalling the Shots

Why Parents Reject Vaccines

by Jennifer A. Reich

“Risk is one of the operative words central to sociologist Jennifer Reich’s remarkably calm book on current vaccination practices in North America. Risk is what parents, paediatricians and policymakers must evaluate in their roles as caregivers, primary-care doctors and advisers The group of parents Reich interviewed over a 10-year period that has informed this book are the university-educated ubermoms who favour organic food and have a tendency to avoid gluten and dairy products. The doctors Reich interviewed recognise that some vaccination is better than none and that being patronising, bossy or confrontational is not in the best interest of the child or the wider community. It is a stance Reich shares.”—Times Higher Education

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