By Brian Feinblum, Senior Vice President and Marketing Officer
With Teacher Appreciation Day coming up next month, we have education books on the brain. There have been many books written about the education system, from all kinds of vantage points. It seems that the link between these books are their conclusions: the system is broken and badly in need of repair. Many of them point to low average test scores employability figures, for example. Some cite that only a third of today’s younger generations go on to attend college.
At MEDIA CONNECT we have had the opportunity to work on books that reflect the changes that many believe are needed in education. In fact, three current books that we are promoting cover many of the key issues. [all images from Barnes&Noble]
One is called Doing The Right Thing: A Teacher Speaks, and it is written by a retired teacher, David Greene. He taught in the Bronx and in Scarsdale for nearly 40 years, so he has seen all slices of life pass through the classroom. I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand what is going on in today’s schools.
Another is called Breaking The Paddle: Ending School Corporal Punishment, written by Nadine A. Block, a relentless advocate against corporal punishment in schools. Believe it or not, more than 40 percent of the country’s schools allow for kids to be paddled. Often, the hitting doesn’t teach the lesson it wants to, and instead ends up hurting kids mentally and physically. Block helped lead the state of Ohio to ban corporal punishment.
Finally, Scholastic has a book out, Reading Unbound: Why Kids Need to Read What They Want – And Why We Should Let Them, written by two educators, Jeffrey D. Wilhelm and Michael W. Smith, that shows us how to get kids to enjoy reading books and presents a way for books to serve as greater teaching tools than ever before imagined.
Education books are important niche for those who value raising the next generation in a way that embraces the love of learning and a thirst to learn. Books are powerful in how they can change our lives, and are instrumental as we move forward and improve each subsequent generation.