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Explanation: This bibliography is intended for readers looking for readings on the topic of EDUCATION. It is organized alphabetically within each sub-category. The sub-categories are determined by genre; and they appear in the following order:

  1. Poems & Songs
  2. Fiction (Short Stories, Novels)
  3. All Nonfiction (books, essays, speeches)
  4. Internet-only Resources
  5. Visuals (Photos, Artwork, Cartoons, etc.)

PART 1: Poems

Roethke, Theodore. “My Papa’s Waltz.” poets.org. American Academy of Pets., n.d. Web. 31 Aug. 2010.

In this poem, Roethke describes waltzing around the kitchen with his father while his mother watches disapprovingly. Although the scene can easily be imagined as a boy who is being hurt or even abused by his father, the details and word choice suggest that it is actually a fond memory. The father’s hands are scraped and dirty. This is someone who works hard but takes the time to interact with his son. In this day and age, we often speak of the importance of “quality time” with our children. Yet children do not necessarily need the quality– or quantity– that parents feel the pressure to give. These small moments that a parent offers– when it is just the child and the father– these are enough. Spending a few precious moments together, even if they are somewhat imperfect, is an important memory that the speaker will carry with him always

PART 2: Fiction

PART 3: Nonfiction

Mitra, Sugata. “The Child-Driven Education.” TED.com. The Sapling Foundation. Sept. 2010. Web. 29 Oct. 2010.

Can children learn without the presence of a teacher? Sugata Mitra sets out to answer this question in “The Child-Driven Education.” In this 2010 TED talk, Mitra describes various experiments he conducted around the world, in which children were able to grasp complex concepts, solve challenging problems, and use a computer to teach themselves. Although not everyone will agree with the idea that “a teacher that can be replaced by a machine, should be”, few would dispute Mitra’s argument that children will learn if motivated by curiosity and peer interest. Furthermore, Mitra’s actions of “going away” suggest that what children need is less, not more, supervision. Teacher rules, fixed programs of study, and desired outcomes, he implies, limit children’s possibilities. Because these ideas challenge conventional wisdom, Mitra’s talk is already a classic: viewers will examine the subject in a new light after hearing this talk. In addition, his delivery contains just the right blend of gravity, scholarship, humor, (as when he says the ten-year-old girl learned more in just 15 minutes about Hinduism than he knows). Whether one agrees or disagrees with the idea of “minimally invasive education,” this video clip should be required viewing for anyone interested the current state of education and its future.

PART 4: Internet-only Resources

PART 5: Visuals

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