Books Of Interest: Education, Autism, And The History Of Ideas, August 24, 2015

The Prize: Who’s In Charge Of America’s Schools? Dale Russakoff

This book tells the story of how Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, then mayor Cory Booker and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey received an education from the overseers of education in Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Zuckerberg gave $100 million dollars to turn around the school system, but through our author’s eyes, the fore-mentioned men are taught the power of the charter school movement, extreme economic inequality as well as the power of grass-roots opposition for various reasons. I am trying to understand more of education in general and am coming to the conclusion that it starts in the home and not the other way around.

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism And The Future Of Neurodiversity Steve Silberman

I am fascinated by autism after reading Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon and I want to understand exactly what is autism and why the number of diagnoses recently has skyrocketed. Mr. Silberman delves into the history of autism research and gives the reader some answers in why there was persecution of parents all the way up to the thinking of neurodiversity today.

The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas And How They Made The Modern World Scott L. Montgomery and Daniel Chirot

I am always fascinated by book about ideas and this one looks to hit the nail on the head. This book through Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Charles Darwin and Karl Marx used their ideas and ideals in moving forward our beliefs and in some cases twisting these beliefs in some of our most recent generations for there own personal benefits. I am interested to see if this reinforces or changes my belief that big ideas and how they are used can change our world.

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