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Saturday, March 1, 2014

What Books On Education Teach Us

There have been many books written about the education system, from all kinds of vantage points. It seems the inevitable conclusion is that the system is broken and badly in need of repair. Just look at our test scores. Look at employability figures. Look at how only a third of today’s young generation goes on to attend college. Just listen to a high school graduate speak.  Get the picture?

At Media Connect we have had the opportunity to work on books that reflect the changes needed in education. In fact, three current books that we are promoting cover many of the key issues.

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% of the country’s schools allow for kids to be hit. Often, the hitting doesn’t teach the lesson it wants to and ends up hurting kids mentally and physically. Block helped lead the state of Ohio to ban corporal punishment.  Anyone looking to learn how to stop this oppressive  treatment should read this book.

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.

I am so proud to be a part of promoting these kinds of books because as a parent of two young children, I value nothing more than raising the next generation in a way that embraces the love of learning. Books are powerful in how they can change our lives and right now we need to learn how to change our ways, as a society, if we are to move forward and improve each subsequent generation. 


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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, Media Connect, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2014.


  1. What's your feeling about education book authors inserting personal views into textbooks? It appears to be a grown and highly detrimental trend in which personal opinion replaces fact. I also know of one entire graduate field of study that went down a misleading path for most of 100 years because a myth was accepted as fact thus having untold numbers of students paying substantial sums for a flawed education. Also, while children should be allowed to read certain things, they're children because they lack the knowledge to make all their own decisions. To say kids should read only what they want is to pander to the crowd rather than providing guidance. No youngster ever was mistreated by being required to read the classics as opposed to comic books. Sorry, but that's my view as a retired professional writer and journalist.

  2. Books teach us many things, it teaches us about respect and value and relationships.I am proud to be a part of universities in dubai which taught me about doing the right thing.


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