Best school & teaching books according to redditors

We found 1,267 Reddit comments discussing the best school & teaching books. We ranked the 673 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/Harcerz1 · 26 pointsr/JordanPeterson

The title is badly misleading - Aaron Clarey (aka Captain Capitalism) is as a "CEO" as Jessica Yaniv is a cis woman.

He's a controversial and opinionated author, has been blogging since 2004 and currently earns as much as $131 monthly doing so.

Much of his content is just "reeeeeeee leftists!" but maybe his book "Worthless" be of some value to young people interested in college. (TL;DR Major in STEM everything else is worthless liberal bullshit - for more balanced perspective one may listen to Lindsay Shepherd on her experience)

u/joelman0 · 21 pointsr/funny

I would say that Gatto's Underground History got me thinking about modern public education. He is kind of a wingnut, but he has lots of good history, and points about our modern industrial education system. That led me to learn about the history of education, and I realized that when we abandoned the classical liberal arts tradition, we lost a lot. So basically, I thought that by using the Core Knowledge Curriculum, combined with Latin and Singapore Math, we could provide a better education than our local public schools.

Sadly, there's as much variation in the quality of homeschooling as there is in the quality of public schools, apparently, but from what I've seen in our homeschooling community, an involved, caring parent will do just as well as, if not better than the average public school.

As to the reasons for going back to school, a few of her friends decided to go to high school, which means the end of her reading and writing groups. We were prepared to go all the way, but she decided to try high school. I don't have many worries, other than the normal parent-of-teenager worries. She's got a good head on her shoulders.

u/also_HIM · 19 pointsr/Parenting

>Husband still wants him doing as much if it as possible, but I think we can reasonably cut WAY down on it.

Have him take a look at the research.

u/TempestTcup · 17 pointsr/RedPillWomen

Read Worthless by Aaron Clary. Instead of getting in debt for grad school, why don't you find a husband and have your family? Grad school will always be there after the kids are older. Each year you put off having kids will decrease the likelihood of it.

u/JBlitzen · 17 pointsr/Showerthoughts

There's a compelling and well-supported theory that the American public education system is based on the Prussian education system of the late 1800's, which was engineered to turn ignorant rural farm children into functioning industrial workers.

It stresses things like repetition, recitation, strict unquestioning obedience, showing up on time, leaving on time, eating on time, standing in lines, sitting in assigned positions, going through an assembly line of grades indifferent to each child's abilities, reading and following basic instructions, etc.

It is a system expressly designed to remove the instincts for discovery, independence, self-driven growth, etc.

"The Underground History of American Education" is a good book on the subject:

I also strongly recommend Lockhart's Lament:

u/FRedington · 16 pointsr/WhereAreAllTheGoodMen

> office admin

Cleary, "Worthless: The Young Persons Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major"

If your degree ends in "A" (Arts: BA, MA) it is worthless.
If your degree ends in "S" (Science: BS, MS) it is valuable. Likely pays $$$ well.

u/firstroundko108 · 11 pointsr/ELATeachers

If I could go back in time as a senior in high school, above all, I would just do more reading, and I would read widely. I did not start on the path to English teaching until I was 26, and although I did great in college and I feel that I am a successful teacher now, my weakness is my reading background. I would suggest using an app like Goodreads so that you can track your progress as you chip away at the literary canon, work by work. The texts that are going to help you the most and serve you for the rest of your career are the ones that most authors allude to, so, I would suggest that at some point you familiarize yourself with these from a literary standpoint:

  • The Bible
  • Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey
  • Virgil's Aenid
  • Ovid's Metamorphoses
  • As many Shakespeare plays as you can read (and I just want to mention that the Cambridge School editions are the best for teaching)

    As far as resources that will give you a head start, I suggest:

  • Shmoop (but only after you've exhausted your own abilities with a text)
  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • How Literature Works
  • Any Introductory Textbook to Critical Theory

    Considering pedagogy resources, by the time you are in an education program, there will be new research and new buzzwords, so I won't waste my time here, but these are my favorite resources when it comes to inspiring my teaching:

  • Rick Wormeli (Seriously, this guy is amazing)
  • Teach Like a Pirate
  • Reading in the Wild

    Lastly, if you go into an English education program with a near-perfect understanding of grammar, your life will be so much easier. I suggest these three resources for brushing up:

  • No Red Ink
  • Teaching Grammar Through Writing
  • Language Exploration and Awareness

    Good luck, and let me know if you have questions! If you do anything on this list, just read!
u/aleifur · 10 pointsr/AskReddit

Not a high schooler anymore but read Dumbing us down by John Taylor Gatto (a multiple winner of "Teacher of the year" for NY city and one time winner of "Teacher of the year" for NY state).

u/vigernere1 · 10 pointsr/ChineseLanguage

Most apps are geared towards beginners and early/mid intermediate learners. The Chairman's Bao and Du Chinese offer HSK6 reading material, but whether HSK6 is "advanced" is a matter of personal opinion (IMO it's not).

In addition to learning through native materials (books, TV shows, etc.) your best grammar resources are going to be books, in addition to AllSet Learning's grammar wiki:

u/[deleted] · 9 pointsr/TheRedPill
  • Stop concerning yourself with other peoples feelings and focus on being a skilled, productive person
  • Keep lifting, start running, learn and master a martial art
  • Improve on your guitar and conversation skills
  • Get a copy of Aaron Clarey's books specifically Worthless and Bachelor Pad Economics
  • Look to join a fraternity that imparts upon its members high personal standards and doesn't just party
  • As you're in a small town, go to Church. No, seriously.
  • Maintain discipline regarding your virility, the last thing you need is to stick your wick in crazy.
  • Focus your education into the sciences. The arts must remain a hobby until someone pays you.
u/Tobikens · 9 pointsr/insaneparents

I said that I don’t have income until my job starts, that I can’t buy groceries without money from my mother, that I am following the conditions we set. Here’s a link to a book to teach you how to read.

Learn to Read Activity Book: 101 Fun Lessons to Teach Your Child to Read

u/StingrayVC · 9 pointsr/RedPillWomen

I recommend that you read this and also begin to read his blog. A college education is nothing like it used to be. Many, many young people are graduating with huge amounts of debt and no job prospects to pay it off. If they can get a job it is in a wholly unrelated field and it all goes to pay off debt in a degree they cannot use. Do some serious research on any degree you are considering. What kind of debt will you have to go into? What are the job prospects like upon graduation? What do you have to give up to obtain this?

People will tell you that an education is the be all end all. They will equate this education with college only. That is absolutely not the case. Some of the least educated people in the world have many college degrees while some of the most educated never set foot on campus. Don't let people fool you into thinking that college=education. You can learn far more about anything you choose if you have the drive to learn it on your own. You will not have that piece of paper, but today, there is a good chance it won't do anything for you anyway. You young and if you want a family, now is the time to focus on it. Once you're too old, you're simply too old. One can get educated any time in life.

u/michaelscarnish · 8 pointsr/ChineseLanguage

I'm currently reading this book, A Learners' Handbook of Chinese Written Expressions, which covers 书面语 ("book language") words and grammatical points. It appears to be available only as a Kindle book now. I would only recommend this book to intermediate to advanced learners.

Here's a random sentence from the book:

9.4.4 殊 (quite)


It was quite unexpected that the Chinese team could make such an achievement.

u/JennyJones111 · 8 pointsr/BreadTube

For one, Zeitgeist was an art piece he did as a social experiment in his mid 20s. Joseph never cared about "conspiracies" at all, if people took 5 seconds to study his work over the past 10 years. He is also an artist at heart.

His AMA:

--First Book:

"One of the achievements of this book is its ability to find research-based connections between seemingly unrelated social and economic conditions. Without becoming repetitive or dull, each essay is able to shed light on specific issues in a way that is neither too academic nor too informal. Powerful quotes are used at the beginning of chapters, research is clearly footnoted throughout, and the language—albeit at times somewhat technical and term-heavy—does well to give a picture of how one social problem influences the next, and how one scientific advancement could, if accepted and adopted into society properly, change the way all humans interact with the environment that surrounds them." -Review by Kenny Jakubas

--Second Book:

"This book is a fascinating read, and a vitally important one for anyone who is tired of the status quo, seeks to understand why it is so entrenched, and wants to do something about it."New York Journal of Books"

Peter Joseph is one of the great visionaries of our time. If there's a beautiful future―and I think there will be―then his fingerprints will be all over it."―Marianne Williamson, #1 New York Times bestselling author"Since 9/11, security took over and retired human rights into a small closet. We need to get back to the issue of rights for all. Hopefully this important work will draw us closer to that reality and promise. Without economic realignment with nature to secure our habitat, along with conquering the sociological roots of fragmentation and bigotry, the human family is in peril."―Jack Healey,Head of Human Rights Action Center

"One of this generation's greatest visionaries delivers a startling exposé about the violent oppression that defines our economic order, while issuing an urgent call for global activism to unite to change it. Amidst a deepening crisis of capitalism and inequality, coupled with an intensifying assault by the Empire's elite, The New Human Rights Movement provides a crucial roadmap for the movement toward the next system."***–***Abby Martin, host of The Empire Files

--2008 follow up Zeitgeist when he showed his true colors to focus on economics:

--2011 seminal work "Zeitgeist Moving Forward"

--His Lecture playlist. Brilliant:

You can follow him on Twitter. DO IT!@zeitgeistfilm

u/littlerustle · 8 pointsr/marriedredpill

First off. Congratulations on some things.

  1. Introspection. Not enough people are able to step outside of their circumstances and make assements.
  2. Declaration of dissatisfaction. Many times people have a "bad taste" in their mouth about their life, but cannot see enough to say "This is bad, it must be fixed."
  3. Finding this sub. I have found that there are a number of good places on the Internet where people can find help. I believe this sub is one of them.
  4. Choosing to do something. Even posting here is doing something. That's great. Keep on doing.

    Now, things are going to get hard for you. Very hard. Or rather, very difficult. All of the things that you did or did not do in the past will pay dividends today. (For example: Did you learn your multiplication tables in the third grade? Good, that pays off today. Did you get a good career by going to college in a field which has a high degree of demand? Bad, that pays off today.

    This is a long post. Don't be offended at how long it is. Take it in pieces if you would like.

    > Brief background: Married: 1 year

    > Me: 23, bread winner.

    > Wife: 24, stay at home mom

    > Daughter: 3, special needs.

    What is the real breakdown of $$$, as a percentage, and who is it coming from?

    You are not the 100% breadwinner, as some of it is coming in via the SSI and child support.

    > My issues arose when I lost almost half my hours at work

    I'd suggest they arose well before that. This hour cutting is just the part that caused you to sit up and take notice.

    What is your degree? How has it left you in the hole WRT needing to have an hourly job?

    > for about 5 months (february to june). Cut from 30 hours to 18 a week.

    Some people would say, "Woo hoo, I went from having 30 hours available for my night classes per week to now having 42 hours available. I think from the rest of your post that you might not have done that.

    > Our daughters social security is what kept us afloat.

    Well, the SSI and the child support, right?

    > I lost all pride, all drive, and all feelings of adequacy.

    I'd like to know what your budget was prior to this hour cut that allowed you to have pride, drive, and feelings of adequacy.

    > So i picked up another job and did any and everything I could to keep my wife happy at the cost of my own happiness.

    Good. Have you read "No More Mr. Nice Guy" ?

    > Lost SSI due to missing paperwork and havent made time to get it fixed so it's just been me making it happen.

    Be clear here, with yourself first, and your wife second. The two of you equally failed to perform the "Fill out the paperwork" task. Do not take 100% of the blame for this (unless your wife is illiterate, and you have to be the one to take that task all on your own).

    > The past month: She's been going out every other night or having people over every other day and of course I started feeling jealous.

    Some observations.

  5. She's been going out. (Therefore you have surplus $$$ in your budget. Are you putting 10% in your retirement? Are you giving 10% to charity?)
  6. She's been having people over. (Therefore she has extra time in her day. Therefore she isn't worried about $$$, or she'd be working on bettering herself via a better degree)
  7. You living life via the feels, not the data. ("I started feeling jealous" WTF?)
  8. You still not seeing the real problem. ("Of course" I started feeling jealous. There is no "of course" to it. Only those who are ruled by their emotions allow something external to them to move them. What should you have felt? Jealousy? If so, then fine, be jealous. Not jealousy? Then fine, don't be jealous. But there is no of course to it. You choose your actions. No one else.

    > I've been telling her that I want to hang out with her and spend time with her. But it never happened, either lack of time or money.

    Be clear with yourself. It never happened for one of two reasons.

  9. You didn't want it to happen.
  10. She didn't want it to happen.

    Consider that. Those are the only two reasons. There can be no other reasons. Then reflect on each of them, for 5 minutes each, separately. Write them on separate pieces of paper. "Why didn't I want to hang out with my wife?" "Why didn't my wife want to hang out with me?" Go for a walk in the back yard, put some "thinking music" on (I like Vivaldi), and consider those two questions. You will come up with answers that you don't like. That's OK.

    > Today: I wake up to a quiet home. In a zombie-like fashion I scan the bed for my phone to check the time and it is 2:27pm. I have work at 3. I noticed a text notification from my wife that says "I went out to eat. Didn't want to wake you. Have a good day."

    That was kind of her. (Take it at face value. Even if it was passive aggressive, and even if you don't like it, at face value, she did you a favor.)

    > To the typical man, that is a blessing. But for me, being a beta bitch, i got upset. Without any form of rational thinking or reason, i sent back "U serious?". She calls and we begin to talk. I started with my "Id like to hang out with you too" blah blah blah. I work 2 jobs. 14 hours when working both in a day so "im tired" is always at the helm whenever i don't feel like putting any effort towards anything.

    I don't think I believe you when you say "I'd like to hang out with you, too." Why? Words whisper, actions shout. Your words are saying, "I want to hang out." But your actions shout "I find other things more important than hanging out with you." Don't claim that I am saying something that I am not. I am not saying that you are choosing sleep over hanging out, and that this is bad. Again, I am not saying that. The only thing that I am saying is that your actions and your words do not match up.

    Take this moment to ask yourself, "Well, self, what do I really want, then? I would suggest that maybe you want someone to say "Oh, poor baby, your life is so hard, I'll gladly hang out with you and wipe your brow and make things better." But that's just a guess.

    > But at the end of that clearly one-sided argument she said "If you want to hang out with me, then make it happen. But dont you dare get mad when i get up and go without you because all you do is sleep". And i said "Fine".

    Awesome. Look at what just happened there. I think it's good that someone in your life is willing to honor you enough that they will tell you to see things as they are. You should thank her for not sugar coating that.

    > So I leave for work, clearly in a pissy mood,

    "Clearly", only if you are living via emotions. Don't do that.

    > when her words start to echo. It hit me that I need to get my shit together. I am way too dependant on her company, affection, and validation.

    That is great. I'm happy for you that you were able to come to a conclusion that things need to be changed.

    > She then texts me: "You didn't have money last night right? Why the hell would you get upset about today knowing you didn't have money today? You slept up till it was time to go to work? So why get get pissed about not doing stuff with me?"

    It almost sounds like she is the rational one here.

    > (Our group of friends went out to olive garden last night. I didnt have the money so I stayed home and she went with them)

    That's interesting. I'll explain more below.

    > And that just reiterated my previous thoughts. I had a clear moment of weakness that lasted damn near a year. But never again.


    > No more weakness, no more beta, no more of this pity party bullshit, no more jealousy or insecurities. Swallowing the red pill.


    Now that we have that out of the way...

  11. What does your budget look like?

    I suspect that the answer to that question is "We don't have one." Get one. Number one. You must have one. This is not an option. I have friends who use YNAB, , Mint, , Google sheets (search for templates), and envelopes. Yes, just envelopes, with just cash. It works. Do it. You and your wife will continue to have problems with your relationship and you won't be able to put a finger on it until your money is under control. At some point you mentioned that your wife gets to spend the extra $$$ that is left over for the child support. This is insane. Are you married, or Roommates With Benefits? I realize that this is not a budgeting subreddit, so get to one. You and your wife together. If she refuses to partner up with you with respect to the budgeting thing, then you have an MRP problem. Until then, you have a money problem. I suspect that she will refuse, since she likes to live beyond her means, and go out with her friends.

  12. What does your family income look like?

    I suspect you have a crappy job, since you talked about having your hours cut. What are you doing to fix this? If (and I reiterate, if) you are able to afford a stay at home mom (SAHM) situation, then you have to earn the appropriate amount for your family. I suspect your wife needs to get a job as well. You simply cannot afford a SAHM situation. Face it.

  13. What does your education look like?

    I suspect you don't have a college degree in a field with high desirability. Why not? Lack of effort? Lack of focus? Put all of that behind you, and figure something out. You might have 6-8 years of suck ahead of you, while you take night classes and earn a degree that will pay well. Too bad.

    None of these things are hard to do. "The only thing hard around here is your head" (said a random Drill Sergeant).

    Make a plan. Find a close friend to help you stick to it.

    You can do this. Many have before you.
u/dr_warlock · 8 pointsr/asktrp

The whole entrepeneur from armchair-sitting and pondering ideas million dollar business from nothing fantasy is bullshit. Ideas and creativity dont pop out of thin air (usually), they come from experience. Most people that start businesses have a skill they've practiced in the field or even as a hobby for years. Unfortunately, the past generation has been sitting idle in the daycare-prison for 12years and comes out with no skills whatsoever. No apprenticeships, no internships, no self-teaching or family social circle to mentor them.


Im gonna guess you're in highschool. This means you know nothing about the real world, have no capital, and have no skill set. Get the skills first, then worry about a business. Do you need a university degree to do this? Absolutely not. Can university help you? Absolutely, but you gotta know how to navigate it academically and financially.


Go read Aaron Clarey's book "Worthless" and check out videos on his youtube channel regarding school, degrees (liberal arts, business management), and academia for more information. Mandatory.

u/quantum-mechanic · 7 pointsr/TrueReddit

(number of people with "bad" jobs) >>> (number of people with "good" jobs)

This is what the public ed system should be doing. Its not a secret.

u/liefelijk · 7 pointsr/Teachers

I teach 7th Grade in a Title I inner city school. I totally understand your feelings. Don't give up yet! Since my first year, the things that improved my teaching / classroom management the most were:

  1. Reading Teach Like a Champion - really helped me put my classroom needs into actual techniques. As a beginning teacher, it's really frustrating to hear admin and mentors give advice in platitudes. This gives actual techniques that you can apply.

  2. Changing my curriculum to favor hand-on approaches (interactive notebooks, lots of cutting and pasting, etc.) instead of more traditional notes and worksheets.

  3. Creating a Rewards System in my classroom. It doesn't have to be big or expensive, but low income kids will do a lot for food and candy. Reward for participation and good behavior. Make them have to earn several of something to get a prize, so you don't have to constantly pay out.

  4. Try to lead with positivity and remain calm when things go badly. You are the leader of this classroom. You can handle it when things go awry. At this age, they really do want to do well and to please you. Give them a chance to buy in before you hit them over the head with difficult work. Support them and praise whenever you can. I know it's hard to find those times, but it makes a difference.

  5. Use whatever discipline system you have. Send out kids if you need to. You need to protect your learning environment. Be clear about what your expectations are - you can do this without yelling and screaming. Kids want a safe, calm place where they can learn. Give that to them by using your resources and not allowing kids to derail your lessons. They will respect you more if you have a low tolerance for shenanigans.

    Good luck!! Feel free to PM if you want to vent or have any questions.
u/kbennett14580 · 7 pointsr/asl

I think it depends on the signer, but yes, Deaf people can be very vocal, even if they are not oral.

I've had three ASL teachers over the years, two who were almost always completely silent, and my most recent teacher who was very vocal.

She would laugh out loud when something was funny or grumble when the class was doing something bad. She also used to shout to get our attention; she knew that even though she couldn't hear the sound, we could.

I think there might have been a similar question in a book we use in class, "For Hearing People Only", its a great source for questions about the Deaf community mostly from hearing people

Edit: I'm not sure exactly why it happens (since I personally am hearing), but I've actually found myself making similar vocal sounds during ASL class!

u/csProf08 · 7 pointsr/deaf

I'd recommend reading "For hearing people only"

The book covers many questions about being deaf and Deaf culture. As for your specific question, the "inner voice" or "inner monolque" seems to be what you are asking about.

Link to another reddit discussion :

Or google "deaf inner monoloque" and find some articles/papers on the topic.

u/mamamor · 6 pointsr/AskHistorians

I apologize as this is not a historical analysis of the education system. However, I believe the assertion, "The US school system was designed to churn out factory workers," is most likely referencing John Gatto's The Underground History of American Education. If I recall correctly (and it has been a long while), Gatto looks at the Prussian systems, as well as the relationships between the Indian and British school systems. I have not seen Gatto referenced in conversations about the historical development of the US education system, however; his arguments seem to be a part of a conversation about the state of contemporary education, concerns about standardized testing versus ingenuity, etc. To be sure, Gatto tries to develop a historical explanation for the contemporary issues in education, but I have not seen how his work fits in to a broader historical narrative, which poses problems for the viability of his conclusions, I think. Similar arguments about education include [Ken Robinson's Ted Talk] ( on Creativity, for example, which are part of a more current discourse regarding education philosophies like unschooling (in Gatto's case) and inquiry-based programs like Montessori, Reggio Emilia, etc.

u/Gorbama · 6 pointsr/

This is kind of interesting. You're obviously being very sarcastic but, in your sarcasm, you made a bunch of good suggestions.

> We care for a year or so, and then we give up.

I almost never write anything by hand. I can, there's just no need. How is the time I spent learning to write things by hand anything other than a waste? With the increasing pervasiveness of computers and the advent of real, working voice recognition (Dragon Naturally Speaking rocks!), handwriting is going to become even more unnecessary in the future.

> My kids hates homework, and doesn't like school. No more homework!

Read Alfie Kohn's Homework Myth to see why we should get rid of homework.

> English has hard-to-spell words that aren't spelled like they sound. Umm, don't worry about spelling.

English spelling is ridiculous. What a god damn waste of time. Why shouldn't we improve the language so it's easier to spell stuff? I think one of the biggest current flaws with English (and maybe languages in general) is that we try to hold them static. We should regularly and systematically clean up the language and simplify spelling.

> It's just that parents aren't able to deal with the kid's hate, so they figure the system must be wrong if the kid hates it this much, so stop the system!

The system is stupid, broken and produces terrible results. Anyone who doesn't want to stop or change the system isn't thinking it through.

u/lavender_ · 6 pointsr/Teachers

What consequences are you giving? Do they make sense? Would working on the major problem behavior of the worst offenders help? Sometimes it's one kid influencing others to be naughty.

I recommend Collaborative Problem Solving with the worst kids. Here are the forms.

Secondly, I recommend reading Teach Like a Champion.

Lastly, I recommend Teaching with Love and Logic.

u/grrumblebee · 5 pointsr/changemyview

Your focus on detention is arbitrary. It's like saying it's unfair that hostages don't have access to pizza. Maybe, but the whole state of being-a-hostage is unfair. Instead of obsessing about their lack of pepperoni and mushrooms, why not, instead, focus on the actual problem?

  • We force children to go to school.
  • We force children to study specific subjects at school.
  • We force children to do homework after school.
  • We stigmatize them if they fail at school.
  • We use school grades as one metric of mental health.
  • In most schools, we force children to be subject to archaic. pedagogical methods--once that have been proven to be ineffective.
  • And, yes, we force children who have (in my view) naturally bucked against this system, to stay in school longer than kids who accept it.
  • In most schools, children learn very little, especially given the amount of time the spend there.
  • In many cases (e.g. when forced to read Shakespeare), they often develop a lifelong hatred of the subject.
  • Many children spend years in school being bullied, mocked, and ostracized.
  • Throughout this time, they're repeatedly told all this is "good for them," and, in the end, like serial abusers, they inflict in on their own kids, telling them it's good for them.

    All of this stuff has been studied for decades. We know that most schools are run horribly, according to unsound educational principals. But that never changes.

    When psychologists or neuroscientists discover something about learning or education, it takes years or decades to affect classroom practices, if it ever does.

    Schools aren't generally affected by Science. Instead, they are buffeted by politics and held fast by tradition.


  • Wounded By School

  • Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes

  • The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing

  • video: The 3 Most Basic Needs of Children & Why Schools Fail

  • Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood

  • [A Mathematician's Lament (PDF)] (; longer book version: A Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form

  • Ken Robinson's TED talk: Do Schools kill creativity?

  • How Children Fail

  • Unschooling

  • Why do we get frustrated when learning something? (written by me)

    I am skeptical that I will CYV, even though I believe that this is the best argument against it--not your view that detention is wrong, but that it's not even worth talking about. Sure, detention is a bad thing--but not the worst thing--about a horrible, corrupt, abusive system.

    I'm skeptical, because the system is so deeply entrenched in our culture. And the most people can do is argue about small tweaks: whether we should use this textbook or that, the length of Summer break, the size of classrooms, etc.

    The debate about Creationism vs Evolution in schools is a good example. If the Evolution folks (or the Creationist folks) win, they will pat themselves on the back and walk away happy, never glancing back and noticing that the same shoddy educational methods are being used now as before--with just one correction.

    Yes, Dominoes is bad pizza. It won't suddenly become good pizza if you put it in a less-ugly box. I agree that the box is ugly, but why focus on it? It's not the core problem.
u/horace_the_mouse · 5 pointsr/specialed

The first two books I typically recommend for teachers are The First Days of School and Teach Like a Champion. Harry Wong, especially, is a leader in teacher development.

There's often a myth that kids with mild-moderate special needs should be taught differently than non-disabled kids, but the literature doesn't really bear that out. They just are less resilient than their peers to poor teaching techniques, so evidence-based techniques become more important for their success.

If your kids have moderate-severe impairments, I would suggest some different reading materials.

u/genida · 5 pointsr/

Whether or not you're going all the way to homeschooling or finding alternatives such as Montessori or Waldorf, here's my two cents as well. Read up on it. I'll probably come off as bit of an ass, but it's your kid, what more relevance do you need to find and buy lots and lots of manuals(so to speak). Kids're pretty complicated, or so I've heard.

I'm not an expert, but I have a few titles I'll promptly lay on whatever friend of mine starts to procreate first. In my opinion these aren't 'crazy' books, and I sincerely hope you'll take them seriously.

How Children Learn

How Children Fail

Punished By Rewards

The Homework Myth

John Taylor Gatto has written some stuff as well, but Google can find that for you. Read and read more. I couldn't begin to describe my time in the famous twelve years without plenty of cussing.

Take an interest, is my advice.

u/Cypher_Ace · 5 pointsr/childfree

You are certainly correct that the quality of public education can vary widely, however no matter how well performing a public school may be they all suffer from the same fundamental issues. As references to this brief diatribe I will point you to (as in my other comment) the school sucks project, a book called Illiberal Reformers which details the frightening truth of the early progressive movement, and finally The Underground History of American Education which is a book by a decorated public school teacher who had a terrifying realization after a his long career. Note, that nothing I say here is an attack on any educators or teachers who might read this. I truly believe most teachers and the like get into the field for the right reasons, but the structure that they are faced with is the problem.

The problem with public school in the US, and many other countries (especially Western), is that learning/education is really only a secondary purpose. It is at all times subordinate, and therefore often undermined, to further the actual goal of creating a subordinate citizenry. The early progressives (Who as an aside were just awful, for example it was they who inspired the Nazis to eugenics. Once you go down this rabbit hole you'll never look at Woodrow Wilson the same again.) who championed the introduction of the American public school system were quite plain about where the idea for the modern public school came from. Namely, the Prussian aristocracy who inflicted it upon the populace in the 1800s for the express purpose of making them easy to rule. They made no attempt to hide this fact. The early progressives were somewhat more cautious in their language, dressing up the idea in Utopian language but their intentions are pretty clear if you go look at the academic papers and such they published at the times (which the two books I linked do).

So as to not get too long winded, let me just as a few rhetorical questions. How do you forcefully educate someone? How do you force someone to learn? How does mandating children show up at a building on pain of confinement for them or their parents further either of those goals? The Athenians are turning in their graves. The system forces children to show up at an arbitrary time, irrespective of their individual circumstances, and divides them into arbitrary groups. They are then forced to respect and defer to a person (i.e. Teacher/Adminstrators) arbitrarily. They have to seek permission to perform normal bodily functions (i.e. ask to use the restroom), trained not unlike you would a dog (not that I have anything against dogs!). They are trained to shuffle from one room to another at the sound of a bell, and to fill out meaningless paperwork and to perform meaningless tasks within an arbitrary involuntary hierarchy. It erodes at the mind and soul, creating an obedient populace that is used to dealing with a convoluted bureaucracy, and sometimes you learn something. To top it off, the curriculum is controlled via a political apparatus subject to all the corruption that accompanies politics. You can school, indoctrinate, and train people, but you can't force them to think critically and to really learn.

u/Landon_Hughes · 5 pointsr/gamemaker

If you prefer reading check out HeartBeast’s book . It’s for GMS 1.4 BUT a LOT carries over to GMS 2. I’d say about 90% carries over.

u/IMovedYourCheese · 4 pointsr/programming

Wow these things look fancy now (and expensive)! I remember when they were just introduced when I was at UIUC back in the day.

u/TheDude1985 · 4 pointsr/BasicIncome

I think the closest we have are Chris Hedges, Cornell West, David Graeber...

Or, maybe we're in a new paradigm were you don't have leaders - we have movements. Occupy. The Zeitgeist Movement just put out a new book that is amazing:

u/duckiesuit · 4 pointsr/Teachers

I had the same problem, but after five years I'm an ol' battleaxe! You MUST get this under control or you won't enjoy your career, and the good students will suffer in your class. But do not worry, there is hope!

Here are a couple of the books that helped me develop me "teacher persona."

Beyond this: Learn their names. Call them by name when they have their phones out or they are talking while you are talking. Kick them out into the hall if you need to, then have a non-antagonistic chat with them. They are different when they are with you one-on-one. Develop relationships. Ask them about what movie they saw that weekend. Tell them stories about your home life. Put the hammer down if you have to -- call home, referrals, etc. -- but those are a last resort.

u/jacobolus · 4 pointsr/math

I’m not sure precisely what you mean by “contemporary” or “geometric algebra” or “basic number elements and algebra”. What did you feel was missing from Lang’s book? (I’m not familiar with its contents.)

If you want something in line with the standard high school curriculum, but maybe a bit more rigorous than most, this book by Kiselev was the standard Russian school text for generations (review)

Or you could try the Art of Problem Solving geometry book (site).

There’s a lot of good stuff in Coxeter and Greitzer’s book Geometry Revisited, but I’d say it probably assumes a standard high school geometry course as a prerequisite.

Not really limited to plane geometry, but I really like Hilbert and Cohn-Vossen’s book Geometry and the Imagination (review). I’d recommend getting a used copy of the original printing; the recent ones are printed on demand and not as nice.

Also let me recommend Apostol and Mamikon’s lovely book New Horizons in Geometry (review), though it’s more about calculus than algebra per se.

If you want to study plane curves from a complex number perspective, you could try Zwikker’s 1963 The advanced geometry of plane curves and their applications

If by geometric algebra you mean Grassmann/Clifford/Hestenes style algebra, check out the stuff Jim Smith has been doing, or you could take a look at this thing (I haven’t read it), or try these papers.

They probably aren’t what you’re looking for, but I think Farouki’s Pythagorean Hodograph Curves are pretty neat (that book also has a lot of other interesting material in it). Also neat for formalistic theorizing about algebras for spline curves is Ramshaw’s monograph On Multiplying Points: The Paired Algebras of Forms and Sites (probably a bit abstract for what you want here).

What are your goals? Do you want to design lenses and mirrors for cameras? Model classical mechanics systems? Construct arbitrary shapes out of polynomial curves so you can draw fonts or animate characters on a computer screen? Design cut paths for CNC machines? Approximate transcendental functions by some type of function that you can more easily compute with? Find the prettiest proofs of thousand-year-old theorems about circles? Prepare yourself to study differential geometry or algebraic topology? ...

u/REDPILL_CIS_SHITLORD · 3 pointsr/4chan

It's /pol/ack, not /pol/tard. The -tard suffix is reserved for /b/.
Also faggit OP needs to read Worthless.
Most degrees are for vanity. If OP did it right, he'd be in and out of any college in just 2 years with a 4 year degree and with 1/4 the amount owed compared to his peers if you don't include financial aid.

u/HonestAbeRinkin · 3 pointsr/askscience

There are a few resources for you:

Philosophy for Kids

Junior Skeptic Magazine

I have an 11-year old who is very interested in discussing philosophy, and sometimes talking and learning together is the best approach. There's not as much of a 'right answer' as it is a process of inquiry. Also, if it fits with your worldview, McGowan's book on Parenting Beyond Belief is also really helpful. Good luck and enjoy the ride!

u/nolsen · 3 pointsr/DebateAChristian

>What craig does have though, and you still seem to lack, is the basic understanding that he cannot under any circumstances allow for the possibility that the universe could have begun without a cause.

Well, there is this where he writes:

>Notice that they equate knowledge with certainty. If you’re not certain that some proposition p is true, then you do not know that p. But what justification is there for that assumption? I know that I have a head, for example. But I could be a brain in a vat of chemicals being stimulated by a mad scientist to think that I have a body. Does this mere possibility imply that I do not know that I have a head?

There is also the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Certainty that says,

>One of the primary motivations for allowing kinds of knowledge less than certainty is the widespread sense that skeptical arguments are successful in showing that we rarely or never have beliefs that are certain (see Unger 1975 for this kind of skeptical argument) but do not succeed in showing that our beliefs are altogether without epistemic worth

Or you could, you know, actually read a book.

You're just wrong, and no matter how snarky you are you will still be wrong. So you can either admit it, or you can continue to be a part of the most dogmatic religion around - New Atheism. Let me guess, you choose New Atheism? Big surprise...

u/xfLyFPS · 3 pointsr/DebateFascism

People with liberal arts degrees aren't becoming authors or poets anymore, they're becoming secretaries and McJobs workers.

Worthless, by Aaron Clarey.

u/bsutansalt · 3 pointsr/lostgeneration

If you know any high school graduates, I strongly recommend getting them a copy of this book before they head off to college.

u/n_55 · 3 pointsr/neoliberal

>How would you define a good vs bad school, or is it just about movement of students?

>How would you assess if a teacher is good or bad?

The parents decide, just like they do for everything else for their kids.

>Should private and/or charter schools be required to go through some sort of process to certify their merit before being allowed to enter the educational system


>Presumably you would support private and/or charter schools, how would you make access to them affordable for poor students?

Every kid gets a voucher, to be used at any school they wish.

>being pointed to a good resource would be appreciated.

This book.

And this book.

But to be honest, imo, the best way to educate your own kids is this way.

u/annarye · 3 pointsr/Teachers

What an awful situation.

Take it bird by bird--the most important thing right now is (like you said!) going to be management, and it sounds like management is going to be pretty much impossible in your context without relationships with the kids.

I found Teach Like a Champion super helpful when I was starting out--very concrete strategies, and I liked the videos. I thought it translated fine to a middle school context. I didn't love The First Days of School, but I know a lot of other folks do. It helped me to watch videos--I liked this one a lot in terms of the level of structure you'll want while you get settled.

Consistency, structure, relationships.

One other note, though - you can't pour from an empty cup. Sounds like your admin is dealing you a pretty tough hand. Make sure to take care of yourself this year.

u/MusicMan943 · 3 pointsr/Teachers

Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. If you feel like you're getting into too much of a rut with your delivery, this book really has some simple but great ideas to make your class more engaging. There's a question I ask myself often that he poses: "if your students didn't have to be there, would they show up?"

u/vicious_armbar · 3 pointsr/asktrp

Electrical or Mechanical engineering for a 4 year degree. Law school, dental school, or medical school if you don't mind being in school for longer. You should read the book worthless by Aaron Clarey.

u/LoonyPlatypus · 3 pointsr/IWantOut

I sure will, thanks.

I can't find the book anywhere though. Maybe this is the book you were referring to?

u/TheUndeadKid · 3 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

A fully Deaf person that uses sign language (a visual language) as their main form of communication is usually imagining pictures and images like we do but for all forms of communication. If you'd like to learn more about Deaf culture, I'd recommend to you this book written by a Deaf Child born from hearing parents.

u/TA_2985_A6E1_9FC3 · 3 pointsr/MGTOW

For future aspirants to a BA in whatever, may I recommend:

Cleary, "Worthless"

That should save your waste of time studying useless shit.

u/kempff · 3 pointsr/TheRedPill

Did you catch her username? GDP stands for Girls Do Porn, the name of the company that raped - raped! - her. Interesting how she embraces her rapist when she presents an online identity. This will be important later.

> Before GDP, I was a normal college freshman.

Setup for a tall tale. Liars and high school kids writing creative fiction often begin their stories with unnecessary setups such as "It was a normal day at the office", or "It was a day like any other", when of course it wasn't. I'm putting my money on her never having been "a normal college freshman", whatever that means. She desperately wants us to think she is an innocent victim of circumstance. Knowing that she's lying makes the rest of her garbage that much easier to sift through.

> Going to art school...

St. Aaron Clarey pray for us. Shameless plug:

> I never wanted to be a model...

"I never said that!" ... "I never hit her!" ... "I never go there!" Liars often talk about what they don't do, what they've never done, what they don't want, and so on. Truth-tellers talk about what they do.

> One day,...

When a story begins with Once Upon a Time you automatically know it's fiction.

> I was lied to repeatedly...

(1) Use of the passive voice indicates lack of agency, but we all knew that. (2) She knew she was being lied to and wants us to think she didn't know. Notice she does not say "They lied to me" - and I'm not going to say it for her.

> They don’t have to convince you to shoot an adult film, they just have to convince you to fly to California and they’ve already won. They email you plane tickets and hotel reservations worth over a $1000, and then they get you excited to be in California (I’d never been) and to be on the beach, and go shopping, and you don’t even stop to think that maybe this isn’t just a modeling gig after all. And once you get there, you’re done. He’ll convince you that no one will ever see it, it’s for Australia/foreign markets only, it’s only released on DVDs, etc.

You ... you ... you ... no I/me. Whatever she is talking about, it didn't happen to her. Remember Charlie Rogers, the lesbian who faked her own hate crime? She didn't talk about herself, she talked about you, you, you. "Being a victim in a situation like this or a survivor ah and then having your ah, integrity questioned".

> “Do you know what a facial is?” I didn’t.

Wait wait - I thought she was a normal college freshman.

> I remember getting ready to go to a concert one night. I got out of the shower and ...

Sexually abused people and sexual abusers often include unnecessary washings in their stories. Reading between the lines here it sounds like she whored herself out - probably in a desperate ploy for attention - and now regrets it after the fact.

> I would have never consented to having a video of me on pornhub, ever.

There she goes again telling us what she "would have never" done.

> I was in a small program, and reputation was everything. The stress of knowing people know, wondering who doesn’t know, and hiding piled up and eventually everything fell apart.

Social shaming is the most powerful weapon against women. Women will put men in jail for life only to deflect being called a slut.

> I was blackmailed into staying in an abusive relationship because my ex threatened to send the link to my family and siblings if I ever left him. And when I finally did find the strength to leave, he actually did it. He would wake my mom up at 3, 4, 5 AM with screenshots. He sent them to my 17 year old step brother.

Notice her messed up family situation. A mom, a step brother, and no mention of a father or step-father. Again in the words of Captain Capitalism (no, I'm not his shill), "The father was not available for comment".

> I’ve gone on several dates just to be left when I told them the truth.

The manosphere is replete with advice about women who are up front on the first date about their sexual histories. Of course in her case it's obviously not her fault that men run away for no good reason at all just because she is truthful - truthful I say!

> I get spooked easily because I’m so terrified of men now.

Oh wait - strike that last comment. She is so afraid of men that she repeatedly goes on dates with them. (Is your brain hurting?)

> Some people have told me I’m one of the strongest people they know.

Women who abuse or even kill their own children often say things like, "I'm a good mother".

I'm glad the comments include some serious bullshit-calling. I have other things to do today.

u/GameSaved · 3 pointsr/gamemaker

The Manual

Gamemaker Language is also a good overview, has some good examples. Though you can probably find most of this stuff on the net if you look long enough.

u/wondrwomyn · 2 pointsr/exmormon

if she still wants to stay within christianity, I suggest UU or TEC (the episcopal church) both are fairly progressive non-indoctrinational churches. We go to TEC, and my girls love it the two oldest got to go to their first sleep away camp and they loved it, they are even open to the fact that even tho I am still Christian, my spirituality is more closely align with agnostic theist and my hubby is Secular humanist/agnostic atheist. but as with everything it would also depend on your parish, not all churches are made equal even within a particular denomination. also I suggest helping her develop her own critical thinking. have her read [the magic of reality] (, and [Philosophy for kids] ( also read [Raising Freethinkers] ( Edited: for grammar and to add one more book suggestion..

u/toscarthearmada · 2 pointsr/Teacher

When you start your job start asking around about your mentor! Try and meet with your mentor and other people down your hallway as much as possible. Ask questions and never feel like you’re a bother. You’re all in it together!

If you’re nervous about student behavior, start asking around about their PBIS procedures. Do they have a bounce system? In school suspension?

Also read The First Days Of School as well as Teach Like A Champion .

You’re going to do find! Students respond to teachers who genuinely love what they do and care about them.

u/Matt_Berkowitz · 2 pointsr/skeptic

We really appreciate criticisms, we really do. But thoughtful, substantive ones. Branding something with labels such as "new age" and "hippie" is essentially meaningless and the opposite of skeptical analysis. If you want to engage a topic, why not actually address claims rather than paint in broad brush strokes and loaded dismissive jargon.

By the way, the first Z-film has nothing to do with TZM (and I don't endorse it, by the way), and the second film, in retrospect, was probably not presented optimally. TZM has come a long way since then. The third film is a very academic work, and the new "TZM Defined" book is a meticulous work: and available for free on TZM's main website.

u/LeaningMajority · 2 pointsr/education

Not really surprising, is it?

This reminds me of the facts behind homework. The author of The Homework Myth claims that with the sole exception of high school math, the many, many studies on the topic find that homework is detrimental (or at best has no clear positive correlation) to actual student knowledge.

But our protestant work ethic and mindless football-like mindsets about toughness, work and punishment has us ignoring facts...

u/coned88 · 2 pointsr/self

Though if we look at what concentration of the population buts what books we will see that these people can read but they are still dopes. During the civil war nearly everybody in the country minus black slaves bought books by Paine, while today rarely anybody buys books that in depth.

In fact Gatto's book Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling even goes as far as saying people during the civil war were more literate than today.

I have look for citations and have not been impressed with anything. Some say people are smarter today other say they are not and standards have just been lowered.

u/Mithryn · 2 pointsr/exmormon

let me see if I can explain. The public school system in America was not designed to help literacy for poor immigrants, although that would be noble. And it wasn't really designed to make us #1 in math or whatever (it would be failing at both of those goals).

It was designed to break children from their parent's culture and to help them integrate into the melting pot.

Any number of videos by John Grotto on this. He's kinda crazy on a lot of things, but his education experience is quite sound.

My wife firmly believes the school system is corrupt. I can see how the church, under David O. McKay (or at least when he was an apostle) incorporated Correlation and the public school system to revise how kids are taught in order to pull them away from previous religions and cultures in order to assimilate them into the new culture of the church.

We talk about it as brainwashing, but a lot of it is culture-washing. You're no longer a mexican/Brazillian/swede/russian. You're a Mormon, here is your jell-o salad and please bring funeral potatoes.

Your parents might pray to the previous God once in a while (such as the pentacostal who still speaks in tongues once in a while, even after having been to the temple) but the kids... they know better. They roll their eyes at their parents and try to be more righteous, more godly, like they're supposed to be.

Does that make sense?

u/bonjidogen · 2 pointsr/LearnJapanese

> First Japanese Reader Japanese Graded Reader

I believe they're referencing a single work with this whole name, which would be this:

u/tyler0351 · 2 pointsr/ELATeachers

Ouch. My advice, then, would be to employ some good reading strategies and increase the drama/improv acting in your class.

The best book I've read for helping readers is When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do by Kylene Beers. She offers some fantastic pre-, during-, and post-reading strategies. My students love Tea Party. Here is a summary of the book--look at chapters 6, 7, & 8 in particular:

While that helps with comprehension (which naturally enhances engagement), I think teachers also can improve student engagement if they work on their performance abilities. I like to stop every few minutes or so (depending on grade level and reading ability) when I'm reading aloud and act out scenes. Today, my 7th graders (I teach 7-12 and I do the same with all grades) were reading Of Mice and Men, and after the scene where Lennie crushes Curly's hand, I stopped and said "Oh man this is exciting, but I'm not sure you're all getting this. We need to see this," and then I had the smallest girl get up and pretending to be Lennie as she crushed my hand and I melodramatically fell to the ground crying. In another scene I pretended to be Curly's wife and came in and "hit on" a couple male students. I'm a 6'0" man.

It sounds silly, but when you can embrace the cringe and get students laughing, you'll have them in the palm of your hand. It also causes students to pay more attention because they might get selected to be part of the mini-skit, and they don't want to be caught having no idea what we're talking about. If you want more information on how to increase the performance side of teaching, these are my two favorite books on the subject:

Teach Like a Pirate

Happy Teacher Habits

u/Stubb · 2 pointsr/AskMenOver30

> Is a philisophy degree just stupid though?

Yes, I'd like fries with my order.

Get and read Worthless immediately if not sooner. Don't piss away your parents' money on a worthless degree.

If you can't hack engineering, medicine, etc., learn a skilled trade (welder, electrician, etc.) or join the military.

Then do philosophy as a hobby.

u/GregoryJamesSmith · 2 pointsr/Wastewater

If you're taking the Wastewater Treatment Operator Certification Exam in California, you should also use this book in addition to the ones from Sacramento State. Helpful practice exams.

u/ThrowAway334169165 · 2 pointsr/GRE

Yes. It didn’t have answer explanations. That’s one bad part of it. However I did spend time trying to understand why my answers were wrong. Sometimes looking at the percent of people who got a question correct will give you insight into why the question was so tricky. Maybe the right answer choice was trickily worded. Once you know what the correct answer is, it should be easier to justify it. There is always evidence in the passage for the correct answer. As for Amazon link:

u/FlamingSnowman11 · 2 pointsr/videos

If you are interested in other prominent people with similar lines of thought, Seth Godin has recently written a book (Jan of this year) called Linchpin, that has changed my life - he also talks about education here:

There is also John Taylor Gatto who has written on the history of the education system, and how the founders of modern schooling were really the leaders of the new American industrialist class like Henry Ford, Rockefeller, J.P.Morgan, etc.

u/redog · 2 pointsr/science

My views of American school is that privatization hurts the current 'public' system. It further separates the classes, but that is what the public system was designed to do. It was scientifically designed to create malleable workers for the industrial revolution. The system strives to keep people dumb. But don't believe me, believe a teacher

I think the responsibility needs to get back into the home. I believe a better system would be to let parents decide when their children are schooled and where. More public like a library. Where I am from being dumb is almost a badge of honor.

Also, we should privatize sports programs. Take them out of the "public" institutions we call schools. They seem to be quite a distraction and lend more to being popular then becoming a self learner.

u/Bodyminusorgans · 2 pointsr/Wastewater

It won't let me post a picture of them but this is one of them Practice Exams: Wastewater Treatment Operator Certification

u/well_uh_yeah · 2 pointsr/Teachers

I'm in a different situation from you, but I also am not very mean. When I was starting out I read this book and it helped me out.

When I was student teaching I was in a district with half urban, half suburban kids because of weird districting. My cooperating teacher explained to me that while I grew up in an area where kids understood indirect directions, like, "Now, if everyone would get out their notebooks..." my students were from a community that was used to more direct directions, like, "In 30 seconds I want to see everyone with their notebooks on their desks. No exceptions." It made a huge difference for me in that situation.

I teach in an affluent district. So anything I offer here might not work:

I'm a good story teller and I've learned to use that to my advantage (it was initially a disadvantage because I like telling stories and was getting off topic too often). I also found, over time, that I just wasn't planning enough to do and was stretching things out to long. Now I've got my pacing down much better and the difference is huge.

Anyway, I'm not sure anything I say could be of much use because I have no experience in your circumstances.

u/ur_mom415 · 2 pointsr/UBC

Read this: and you're more than set for algebraic manipulation.

And if you're looking to get super fancy, then some of that:

And some of this for graphing practice:

And if you're looking to be a sage, these: +

If you're uncomfortable with mental manipulation of geometric objects, then, before anything else, have a crack at this:

u/Cranberry_Slurpee · 2 pointsr/education

> Do you or your professor have any research that supports this claim?

The professor did not cite studies in her discussion, no. As to myself, I have no studies, just years of experience teaching in high schools and colleges.

> The largest determinant in student learning is student practice and practice is not always fun, but it is beneficial.

Agreed -- up to the point to where the student knows the topic. After that, it's simply drudgery and an exercise in following orders. Since you're interested in research, Alfie Kohn analyzed a lot of research on this topic in his 2007 book, "The Homework Myth".

u/long-lostfriend · 2 pointsr/asktrp

Student loan debt hanging over your head is comparable to divorce rape.

Most university degrees these days are worthless.

Unless your chosen career path absolutely requires it, learn the skills somewhere cheaper and get to work sooner.

u/justinandersonsmith · 1 pointr/Wastewater

You'll be given a formula sheet at the test center, so you won't have to memorize any formulas.

Most state exams are based on the textbooks, Operation of Wastewater Treatment Plants, Volumes 1 and 2.

I also used these Practice Exams to prepare for the test.

u/kteshiro · 1 pointr/Wastewater

To learn the fundamentals, take Sacramento State's course. Once you've completed the course, use Practice Exams for Wastewater Treatment Operator Certification to test your knowledge and make sure you're ready for the exam.

u/carrierfive · 1 pointr/Showerthoughts

Okay, it's ten years old (2007) but the research and referenced studies/data in the book still holds up very well.

So I'll just drop this here: The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing.

u/WASDx · 1 pointr/technology

The Venus Project and /r/TZM is proposing a new kind of economic system where automation enables us to not need jobs anymore. Here is a book:

u/Prof_DBag · 1 pointr/Teachers

Hi! Congrats on starting your new career :) I was in the same boat as you; graduated with a Chem degree and have ended up teaching most every science content (bio, physics, chem, and physical science) in the HS level.

Regarding subject specific resources, hopefully your school provides you with curriculum so that you can know what you need to review/look up--I know I spent a lot of time reviewing biology content when I had to teach that class since I was rusty on it. For a decent content review book, I found this book at Costco last year but they sell it on Amazon:

[Help Your Kids With Science] (

I actually use the book sometimes with my Sped students or when if a class needs some quick review. It's pretty thorough with nice pictures.

This book is about using Science Notebooks in class... I spent a lot of time in grad school/student teaching using notebooks so I felt I had a good grasp on them, but this book provided a few good ideas. It is a little pricey though.

[Teaching Science With Interactive Notebooks] (

If you need any first day advice or anything like that, feel free to PM me!

u/Mukhasim · 1 pointr/math

To add to my last paragraph, if you wanna go even more basic, you can get a pre-algebra textbook. That's basically a review of everything in the standard US K-7 curriculum. A reasonable reference book for this is Yang's A-Plus Notes for Beginning Algebra: Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1.

For the impatient, look at these three books (I use Amazon links here but I don't care where you buy them):

u/friendswithseneca · 1 pointr/GRE

Congrats on the score!

Could you clarify for me that the big ETS guide refers to this?:

I am in a similar situation in that I'm finishing my undergrad thesis first week of November (Aussie), and most of the US PhD programs have application deadlines in December...will have about 2 weeks to study for the GRE max

u/Newblik · 1 pointr/learnmath

I've heard people recommend Kiselev's Geometry, on a physics forum. Warning, though; Kiselev's Geometry series(in English) is translated from Russian.

Here's the link to where I got all these resources(I also copy-pasted what's in the link down below; although, I did omit a few entries, as it would be too long for this reddit comment; click the link to see more resources):


Note: Alternatively, you can order Kiselev's geometry series from

Geometry I and II by Kiselev

> If you do not remember much of your geometry classes (or never had such class), then you can hardly do better than Kiselev’s geometry books. This two-volume work covers a lot of synthetic (= little algebra is used) geometry. The first volume is all about plane geometry, the second volume is all about spatial geometry. The book even has a brief introduction to vectors and non-Euclidean geometry.

The first book covers:

  • Straight lines

  • Circles

  • Similarity

  • Regular polygons and circumference

  • Areas

    The second book covers:

  • Lines and Planes
  • Polyhedra
  • Round Solids
  • Vectors and Foundations

    > This book should be good for people who have never had a geometry class, or people who wish to revisit it. This book does not cover analytic geometry (such as equations of lines and circles).


    Geometry by Lang, Murrow

    > Lang is another very famous mathematician, and this shows in his book. The book covers a lot of what Kiselev covers, but with another point of view: namely the point of view of coordinates and algebra. While you can read this book when you’re new to geometry, I do not recommend it. If you’re already familiar with some Euclidean geometry (and algebra and trigonometry), then this book should be very nice.

    The book covers:

  • Distance and angles

  • Coordinates

  • Area and the Pythagoras Theorem

  • The distance formula

  • Polygons

  • Congruent triangles

  • Dilations and similarities

  • Volumes

  • Vectors and dot product

  • Transformations

  • Isometries

    > This book should be good for people new to analytic geometry or those who need a refresher.

    > Finally, there are some topics that were not covered in this book but which are worth knowing nevertheless. Additionally, you might want to cover the topics again but this time somewhat more structured.

    > For this reason, I end this list of books by the following excellent book:

    Basic Mathematics by Lang

    > This book covers everything that you need to know of high school mathematics. As such, I highly advise people to read this book before starting on their journey to more advanced mathematics such as calculus. I do not however recommend it as a first exposure to algebra, geometry or trigonometry. But if you already know the basics, then this book should be ideal.

  • The book covers:

  • Integers, rational numbers, real numbers, complex numbers

  • Linear equations

  • Logic and mathematical expressions

  • Distance and angles

  • Isometries

  • Areas

  • Coordinates and geometry

  • Operations on points

  • Segments, rays and lines

  • Trigonometry

  • Analytic geometry

  • Functions and mappings

  • Induction and summations

  • Determinants

    > I recommend this book to everybody who wants to solidify their basic knowledge, or who remembers relatively much of their high school education but wants to revisit the details nevertheless.


    More links:

    Note: oftentimes, you can find geometry book recommendations( as well as other math book recommendations) in stackexchange; just use the search bar.

u/saufley · 1 pointr/Teachers

I am in a similar position as you and will be teaching AP World History as a first year teacher next year. I have been prepping this summer by reading some books on the topic. I can fully recomend is this book and [this one] ( is also worth reading though not specific to AP World History. Reading AP Test Prep books is probably also a good idea just to get brushed up on the essay stuff and outlines of the content. There are also alot of websites such as [World History Connected] ( that have great resources. Hope this helps and if you want to exchange lesson ideas at any point I would be happy to work with you.

I am still looking for a community of AP World History teachers to share lesson plans and ideas with. If anyone knows where I can find a commuity like this please let me know.

u/dp01n0m1903 · 1 pointr/math

This has turned out to be a much more interesting question than I had thought it would be. It seems to be unexpectedly hard to find a good, short book on Euclidean geometry. Most of the really good books are advanced treatments that have a lot more to say than what you probably want. Anyway, there is a good discussion of this question on mathoverflow. It appears that Kiselev is a pretty good choice. Hartshorne might be good as a guide to learning straight from Euclid (and lots more besides). I don't know how far you really want to go with this project. It might be enough to just get a taste of how the whole synthetic geometry program is organized.

By the way, you know about, right?

u/DuncantheWonderDog · 1 pointr/relationships

Oralism is an education method for the deaf that focuses on making them "hearing" as possible. This usually involves alot of training in lip reading, speech therapy, avoidance of any form of sign language. There's more to it, but you get the idea. But from what you said, she ain't one, so no need to worry about it. I'm usually 100% fine if anybody wants to ask me anything about my Deafness as knowing is better than being clueless. I'm sure that your lady is the same but it's prob better to ask her if it's ok for you to ask her those stuff.

Laughter is always a good thing!

Hmm. I know that For Hearing People Only is a good book. A Journey Into the Deaf-World is a really good book about the Deaf culture. I don't really know of any real good book about ASL but the best way to learn is to actually sign with somebody fluent. Looks like you have that covered. ;)

u/gerahmurov · 1 pointr/gamemaker

don't know. I just printed it by myself.

There are another printed book, but it is not full (like the absence of primitives and on) and has some chapters for newbies, but I found some cool ideas there.

u/notacrazycatlady · 1 pointr/Teachers

I was going to say the same thing. I LOVE using these....not just for organization but as a tool for kids to make sense of information on their own (a la constructivism). I agree about the pretty much saving my life comment; it has completely changed how I teach and I would never not use them! I've read a few sites for ideas but I also came across a book ( that was really helpful. You can really customize to your style and it gives kids a chance to be creative with processing pages. Let me know if you want suggestions for implementing them. It takes a little buy-in, starting with the teacher. Good luck!

u/hijodelsol14 · 1 pointr/jhu

In larger (typically STEM) classes, professors will ask multiple choice questions during lecture to gauge understanding, enforce specific concepts, take and enforce attendance, etc. The clicker (i-clicker) is a small remote with buttons that you use to answer these multiple choice questions.

iClicker2 student remote

The last price is ~$50 but you shouldn't pay more than $20 for one.

u/Alarming_Bite · 1 pointr/ucf

Hey thanks for replying. Yes it's the iclicker2. Looks like this:

u/agelastic · 1 pointr/ChineseLanguage

It's always useful to go through some book that discusses translation between your source and destination languages. I recently saw this one - not a recommendation, just a random example. Note it is written for English speakers - practically all good translators translate from their second language to their native one.

Heck, I'm Russian myself, and am reasonably OK with English (bar a noticeable accent). I'd never even try to translate, say, Master and Margarita. Dickens, on the other hand - easily ;)

u/mikesteane · 1 pointr/MensRights

I also recommend John Taylor Gatto's The Underground History of American Education in which he argues that the apparent failures of modern education are in fact successes: the system was deliberately set up to prevent learning.

Availble online here: but I also recommend the hard copy available from Amazo here:

u/MightyMikeDK · 1 pointr/TEFL

I´d say that the key to successful classroom management is transparency and consistency. Transparency because your rules need to be known and understood by all students; they should never have to guess at what you want (or don´t want), but know in advance. Whenever you dish out sanctions, you should not have to explain why - the student should be familiar with the rules and know that he/she broke them. If this is not the case, students will unknowingly break rules, you will punish them and thus frame yourself as a mean, unfair teacher. Understanding the rules is step one. This leads to the second point, consistency: sanctions should work almost like an if-this-then-that statement, meaning that you apply the same rules for all students, every single lesson, and as soon as a problem arises. If you are inconsistent, the system isn´t transparent and students will begin to test your limits - but if your limits are the same every single lesson, they will quickly learn them and, hopefully, learn to respect them.

Second, it´s important to understand that successful classroom management arises from a combination of rewards and sanctions - but many people forget the former. You will want to reward model behavior in order to communicate to the model student (and the rest of the class) that this is the sort of behavior you are looking for - this goes hand-in-hand with the transparency and consistency concepts mentioned above. If done correctly, you should see an increase in desirable behavior. Rewards don´t have to be tangible; a word of praise will do, or a clap on the shoulder, or a smile. Positive reinforcement, if done right, is often more impactful than sanctions. An example could be the following:

>In my classroom, students wait outside for me to open the door. I greet them at the door, they enter, take their seats and take out their notebooks, homework diaries and pencil cases. I have a poster outside my classroom to remind students of this, and it is drilled a bit in the first week of school.In the beginning, lots of students will forget to do it. At this point, I am tempted to frown and say something like "Remember what I told you last time? Take out your equipment!" The farther we get through the school year, the harsher my voice and the greater my frustration. But there´s another way to deal with it; find the one student who has taken out his/her equipment it and say "Maria has taken out her equipment, well done." This statement achieves the same as the former but is much more positive. You have stated your expectations and highlighted model behavior.

Role-modeling behavior like this works for a ton of things. Imagine that you ask a question to the class and three students raise their hands. Tell the class "I see three hands raised" - I promise you that a few more will pop up!

If things get more serious (for better or for worse), you should ideally have a whole-school policy in place to fall back on. Before you even start teaching, the first thing to do would be to talk to your line manager, department head or the class teacher to figure out if there are any such systems in place for rewards and punishment. An ideal school should have such a system; for example, merits for exceptional behavior and detentions for unwanted behavior. If there is such a system, most of your problems are already solved since you won´t have to figure out punishment and rewards, but only have to dole them out in accordance with your rules. If there is no such scheme, I recommend that you go through the other posts here - there are some great ideas.

One thing that I would stress in extension of this is that rewards and sanctions for the entire class go against the principles of transparency and consistency. If you teach 40 students and 30 behaved well while 10 misbehaved, do you reward or punish the class? If you reward, then you aren´t being transparent with the 10 - and if you punish, you aren´t with the 30.


Finally, a quick list in no particular order:

  • Be realistic. Don´t set rules that you can´t enforce and don´t be much more (or less) demanding than their other teachers when it comes to creating the rules.
  • Make sure that the rules are agreed upon by the students. Some teachers like to use their first lesson to, as a class, write a set of rules. You might also consider asking the students what the rules are in their other lessons and work from there - again, consistency from teacher to teacher helps as well.
  • Make sure that the rules are visible; either as a poster or as a handout glued in their notebooks. Consider getting them translated to your students´ first language. Again, for transparency.
  • Do not, under any circumstance, compromise with transparency and consistency in the first weeks of teaching in order to give an impression of being that "cool, laid-back teacher" that we all loved when we went to school. If you don´t follow through with sanctions according to your rules, students will think you are a push-over. When you finally do put your foot down, they won´t understand why since you let them break your rules several times before. Transparency and consistency should automatically lead to mutual respect and a good classroom environment; once your students know the rules and follow them, you will only have to punish rarely.
  • Read up on the topic. Books were already recommended in this thread, so I´ll add mine: Teach Like a Champion 2.0 by Doug Lemov. It´s developed from observing great teachers in charter schools in the USA, but most of the techniques are applicable in any classroom.

    I hope this helps!

u/IsNormalBuddeh · 1 pointr/AskMenOver30

There's a book called Worthless. It may not be totally applicable to your situation since the cost of tuition is so small, but it might help to take a look.

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u/EspressoTeacher · 1 pointr/Teachers

Isn't that rubric great?? It's from Kellie Marcarelli's book Teaching Science with Interactive Notebooks. I basically stole everything I do from there!! Actually, that rubric does a pretty good job explaining the expectations for those output assignments. To get a 10/10 they need to go above and beyond, they need to use drawings/color effectively, and they need to show in depth reflection/connection-making skills. Students do not love being told that meeting the basic requirements only gets a 9/10. In practice, their homework assignments (which I grade for completion) will get a 10/10 if they meet the requirements BUT their overall notebook grade (1-2 times a quarter) will be a 9/10 if they don't go above and beyond.

I have a document camera in my classroom (highly recommended if you will be using the notebooks) and after students complete their first assignment I walk around the room and look for the best examples. I ask those students if I can borrow their notebooks and then I project them from the document camera and explain to the class why these examples are so fantastic. I don't name the students as I'm showing their notebooks, and I try to be subtle when I ask for the notebooks/return them, but the class can see who's notebooks I'm taking. I had to do this because this was my first year using the notebooks, but next year I will have student examples to show them too.

u/Press_F5_Comrade · 1 pointr/philosophy

It's an integral part of my high school sociology class, especially in the few couple weeks. We focus on classical perspective, Plato's allegory, etc. I am currently using Dr. Seuss, as well as Aesop's Fables and will migrate into this as they get older. Right now we will read a book, and I will ask probing thought question and Socratic method afterwards. The benefits I'm seeing thus far are very promising. My 5 YO is doing great with insightful questioning and comments when we discuss other things, and watch movies, etc.

u/anothersivil · 1 pointr/Teachers

Teaching Science with Interactive Notebooks is a fantastic read. I started using interactive notebooks this year, and it's been a huge help.

u/SerenasHairyBalls · 1 pointr/politics

It's a good question, and the honest answer is I don't entirely know. I've only been alive for about thirty years, and most of this occurred long before I was born.

I think I can tell you why, though, and I think the same answer would apply to the question of why leftists dominate other arenas like education.

The power of politics is not who occupies the office. Not in a democracy or in a republic. Every person in power is one election away from losing that power. The only way to build enduring power is to control the culture.

There's a wonderful book I would recommend anybody to read, called The Underground History of American Education which discusses the strategy which I believe is in play: if you control the levers of public consciousness, you passively control that populace.

It would be a bit difficult to believe that our diverse media climate could be coordinated, except that just six corporations collectively control 90% of the American media market. We have the illusion of diverse opinion, but not the reality of it.

u/throawawayclap · 1 pointr/GRE

No, I heard someone one day talking about the ETS big book and I downloaded it. It’s this one here:

Where do you most recommend taking mock tests?

u/hihoberiberi · 1 pointr/learnmath

I took a geometry course a couple of quarters ago that was sort of a review of high school geometry, except rigorous and proof-oriented. According to my prof, Kiselev's Geometry is the absolute best book available for this approach to the subject.

u/VMChiwas · 1 pointr/mexico

Considerando que la relacion tareas/calidad de educacion es muy debatida y parecen en lo general no tener beneficio para los resultados academicos, suena a un buen negocio y puede considerarse relativamente etico ya que sus clientes no pierden en la calidad de educacion que reciben.

u/chisquared95 · 1 pointr/GRE

Reading comprehension was my weak spot as well, and I started off only getting 60-70% of them correct. Even so, I spent a good amount of my study time reviewing my incorrect questions and really pinpointing why my answer was wrong, how my thought process failed to match up with that of the test-maker etc.

I ended up burning through the Official Guide and Verbal Reasoning books early in my preparation process, so this is when I began working through LSAT reading comprehension passages from previous exams. The earlier practice tests tend to be easier, while the later ones are more difficult. In any case, systemically going through these sets made me a lot more comfortable with long passages, as well as with answering main point/purpose, inference and analogy questions, since they tend to feature heavily on the LSAT.

The ETS Big Book has a collection of practice tests from the old GRE, so I used it for additional practice. It's also a great resource for text completion questions, although the format is slightly different.

All in all, I think the most important thing is recognizing what your specific weaknesses are and getting as much exposure to those as possible (for me, these were scientific articles, as well as questions where you have to choose more than one answer choice).

u/glorious_failure · 1 pointr/WTF

Read this book, and then consider that it's been going on for generations. Also the culture of immediate gratification. And things...

u/Moriartis · 1 pointr/changemyview

I'm sorry, but the one time I'll agree with a public school teacher when they complain is when they are complaining about teaching to the test.

Are you familiar with the Prussian education model? If you want to research what went wrong with our system, I would recommend reading The Underground History of American Education or, for a quicker version, read an article by the author, called Six-Lesson Schoolteacher.

The problem with our system is almost entirely due to the basis for the system itself, not the teachers. Please let me know if this helps.

u/arthur_figgis · 1 pointr/Teachers

I'd be more than happy to have a PM conversation about particulars if you want, but the one book I credit with really turning me around is Reluctant Disciplinarian by Gary Rubinstein.

The first couple of pages of the book describe how, when he was young, Rubenstein's parents used to harshly reprimand the dog when it shit on the carpet, and how he used to then sneak into the puppy's room when his parents had left to reassure the puppy and make it feel better. The puppy proceeded to continue shitting the carpet for months. I read that and I was like "Oh my God. This is the book."

He's also a Teach For America alumnus who is now a vocal TFA critic, which I love, because I'm both of those as well.

u/studentsofhistory · 1 pointr/historyteachers

Congrats on getting hired!!! I'd recommend a mix of PD/teaching books and content. When you get bored of one switch to the other. Both are equally important (unless you feel stronger in one area than the other).

For PD, I'd recommend: Teach Like a Pirate, Blended, The Wild Card, and the classic Essential 55. Another one on grading is Fair Isn't Always Equal - this one really changed how I thought about grading in my classes.

As far as content, you have a couple ways to go - review an overview of history like Lies My Teacher Told Me, the classic People's History, or Teaching What Really Happened, or you can go with a really good book on a specific event or time period to make that unit really pop in the classroom. The Ron Chernow books on Hamilton, Washington, or Grant would be great (but long). I loved Undaunted Courage about Lewis & Clark and turned that into a really great lesson.

Have a great summer and best of luck next year!!

u/soil_nerd · 1 pointr/dataisbeautiful

I have a masters degree in environmental science from a top school known for its forestry.

Jobs are hard to to find and generally don't pay great (<$50k). I work in the environmental sector dealing with regulatory compliance and industrial waste; I was unemployed for 9 months, and have been looking for a new job for a bit under a year now, nationally.

I've heard the book Worthless comes to a similar conclusion as my story has illustrated, for environmental science and engineering as well as most sciences:

u/Nemester · 1 pointr/DarkEnlightenment

You just need to evaluate the market and make sure that whatever major you pick gives you good job security and high enough income. A rule of thumb I have heard is make sure the salary you are likely to get will pay off your student loans in ten years assuming you divert 10% of your income to that. If you want to be a very wealthy man, I suggest you pick petroleum engineering. Easily the best cost/benefit of just a Bachelors.

This book might also be useful to you in helping you pick which majors to avoid.

Now perhaps you have an interest in 17th century french literature or some such thing. That is fine, read to your hearts content as a hobby. Audit some classes being paid for by morons at your university. But don't waste your time getting certified in something useless.

u/Zillo7 · 1 pointr/internetparents

Don't listen to everyone who says to stay in college for the sake of college.

You have to look at college as an investment. Can you expect to be employed if you graduate? Did you pick a useful major? If you picked something that's useless, not only are you going to be stressing yourself out, you're going to put yourself into debt to buy garbage.

Also, don't go (or not go) to college for anyone other than yourself. You'll ultimately take the consequences of the choice you make, so don't let anyone else make this choice for you.
At the same time if you choose not to go to college, what's your plan? How are you going to make yourself useful to others to remain competitive in the labor market? A good first step is to figure out why you enjoy your retail job. Once you've found why you like retail, develop skills that go with what you enjoy. Before you know it, you'll have a skillset that you'll be able to use to get a job that pays well.

u/libfascists · -2 pointsr/politics

I did, actually.

Btw, did you know the public education system you libtards worship and adore so much is actually part of the sheeple control mechanism?

It was set up by industrialists and business interests to produce obedient, docile workers. Interesting therefore that they inculcate "civic mindedness" and Libtardism in our young, eh?

Just think of it. Those RW Christian fundies who want to home-school their kids are actually in the right. You libtards are useful idiots for the American Ruling Class, and are demanding that everyone turn over their children so they can be properly brainwashed by our corporate and imperialist overlords.

u/GrandMa5TR · -3 pointsr/hearthstone

[Let me help you.] ('re trying to use the same scale to judge a 4 mana and a 10 mana play.

u/DemCrazies · -13 pointsr/politics