Difficult Paths to Education
For many students, a formal education has not been easy to acquire. This may be because of political and equity reasons, weather-related delays or problems, gang-targeted school routes, families not valuing the importance of education, or learning challenges. This list examines the issues for those who have difficulty acquiring the education they so inherently deserve. My hope is that all of us come to appreciate and understand the priceless nature of education so many of us take for granted.
2018 by Driver, JustinGet this item
This relatively new book by a University of Chicago law professor details all the ways the Supreme Court has influenced education in America. Must reading for those interested in 21st-century education.
2018 by Westover, TaraGet this item
On many "best of 2018" lists, this book provides a true-life glimpse into the background of a young woman who did not know that the world of education existed or could be intended for her. That is until circumstances changed and she qualified for one of the most prestigious formal educations imaginable. At times laughable, at times ghastly, her life story makes her educational achievements all the more poignant.
2018 by Devlin, RachelGet this item
Brave, black girls led the charge to make segregation possible in formerly all-white schools. It was the young women who volunteered to cross the color line, and it is their story that Devlin so richly portrays.
2012 by Levine, KristinGet this item
Two 12-year-olds in Little Rock, AR, take on the school segregation battle in 1958. In the process, they become friends for life. This book for middle-school students provides a rich tapestry of compassion, anguish, and courage to guide and inspire today's students.
1999 by Bridges, RubyGet this item
What was it like to actually break the "color" barrier? This autobiography vividly portrays and answers that question. Ruby Nell Bridges Hall is an American civil rights activist. During the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960, she was the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School. In addition, many people remember her also for being the subject of a 1964 painting, "The Problem We All Live With" by Norman Rockwell.
2014 by Yousafzai, MalalaGet this item
The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner advocates for all children, but especially girls and women, to have the right to an education. This book is a classic; it is considered by many to be "must reading" not just for educators and feminists, but for anyone who aspires to fulfill and realize their dreams.
2013 by Carr, SarahGet this item
This book looks at the New Orleans School District after Hurricane Katrina, and what it meant for a Harvard graduate who wanted to teach in a charter school and a savvy, experienced administrator. The battles and challenges, as well as the joys and successes they faced in their day-to-day experiences will make you appreciate the struggles some communities deal with on a regular basis.
2018 by Ewing, Eve L.Get this item
Ewing examines the 2013 closing of black majority public schools on Chicago's south side. Educated at Harvard as a sociologist, her razor-sharp analysis and statistical research illustrates the long history of educational segregation that haunts that school system.
2019 by Boyce, Jo Ann AllenGet this item
This new book for young adults describes the bigotry and hatred surrounding the 1956 Clinton (TN) High School Integration Plan. Not only is it a story about the fight for civil rights, it is also the remarkable story of the young students involved in the reform.