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From Abbe Creek to e-portfolios

  Mary Russell Curran  

Lifetime reading
Education professor Dick Peters gives his students this list with the suggestion that these books become "the heart of your professional development reading list."

"We want to grab students, engage them, and make a contribution to their minds and hearts. If our students study that kind of teaching and see us doing it, they'll be able to go out and do it too," says associate professor Dick Peters.

His Top 15:
Adler, Mortimer, How to Read a Book
Bible - Old and New Testament
Cather, Willa, My Antonia
Declaration of Independence and The Constitution
Dewey, John, Democracy and Education
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, all his essays but especially "The American Scholar"
Hamilton, Madison, and Jay, The Federalist Papers
Highet, Gilbert, The Art of Teaching
Leopold, Aldo, Sand County Almanac
Locke, John, Second Treatise of Government and Some Thoughts Concerning Education
Newman, John, The Idea of a University
Plato, The Republic and Meno
Twain, Mark, Huckleberry Finn Whitehead, Alfred, The Aims of Education
Letters and speeches of Washingon
(George and Booker T.), Jefferson, and Lincoln

The other recommended

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics; Poetics;
and On the Soul
Augustine, Confessions
Austen, Jane, Pride and Prejudice
Bronowski, Jacob, Science and Human Values
Dickens, Charles, A Tale of Two Cities
Gibbon, Edward, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Hobbs, Thomas, Leviathan
Homer, The Odyssey
Kant, Immanuel, Critique of Pure Reason
Kozol, Jonathan, Death at an Early Age; Savage Inequalities; and Amazing Grace
Lawrence, Jerome, and Lee, Robert, Inherit the Wind
Melville, Herman, Billy Budd
Milton, John, Paradise Lost
Orwell, George, Animal Farm and 1984
Pestalozzi, Johann, How Gertrude Teaches Her Children
Plutarch, Plutarch's Lives
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Social Contract and Emile
Russell, Bertrand, Unpopular Essays
Shakespeare, William, all plays and sonnets!
Smith, Adam, Wealth of Nations
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex and Antigone
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, Uncle Tom's Cabin
De Tocqueville, Alexis, Democracy in America
Vergil, The Aeneid
Wills, Garry, Inventing America
Wollstonecraft, Mary, Vindication of the Rights of Women

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