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Readings Related to Education Reform
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
Author: Daniel H. Pink
Published: 2005 by Riverhead Books
Synopsis: Pink looks at the shift from the left-brained essential skills of the Information Age to the right-brained skills that dominate successful job-markets in the Conceptual Age. He points to the need to improve the whole-mind, by accepting and exploring our right-brained talents in mainstream life, school and business.
The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need--and What We Can Do
Author: Tony Wagner
Published: 2008 by Basic Books
Synopsis: Wagner brings together voices of employers and classroom evidence to illustrate the skills students need most in order to become productive workers and citizens.
The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future
Author: Linda Darling-Hammond
Published: 2010 by Teachers College Press
Synopsis: Darling-Hammond looks at education from a global perspective, analyzing the dos and don't for creating a sustainable education system.
"Teaching is today where medicine was in 1910..."
Readings Related to Creating Academic Rituals
Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything
Author: Deborah Schoeberlein with Suki Sheth
Published: 2009 by Wisdom Publications
Synopsis: Discusses and reflects on mindful practices in K12 educational settings.
Meditation and the Classroom
Authors/Editors: Judith Simmer-Brown and Fran Grace
Published: 2011 by SUNY
Synopsis: Examines the application of meditational practices in educational settings.
Habits: How They Form And How To Break Them/ The Power of Habit
Article published: 03.05.2012 NPR
Synopsis: NPR report on Charles Duhigg's book The Power of Habit, discusses "habit loops" and how to change them.
Author: Noah Shachtman
Published: 06.08.2013 Wired.com
Synopsis: Discusses the resent surge of meditation practices for the purpose of improving workforce productivity and creativity.
You're Distracted (Available on EBSCOhost)
Author: Marc Parry
Published: 3.29.2013 by Chronicle for Higher Education
Synopsis: A look at various research on the downfalls of multitasking.
"...Mr. Levy, a professor in the Information School at The University of Washington, sees a problem with many discussions about what technology is doing to our minds.