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Naomi’s Education Reading List


Below are articles I have come across over the last year that make important contributions to our national dialogue about education, and/or are valuable resources for parents choosing schools for their students.  


Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids

And start raising kind ones.

By Adam Grant and Valerie Sweet

December 2019



What to know before using school ratings tools from real estate companies

By Valerie Strauss

Washington Post

June 2017


A New Study Reveals Much About How Parents Really Choose Schools

By Anya Kamenetz


January 15, 2015

The Complex HIstory of School Choice: There’s no single reason people want more choice in education.

By Andrew Rotherham

US News and World Report

July 25, 2017


Why Parents Make Flawed Choices About Their Kids' Schooling


White families with children drawn to less diverse neighborhoods, schools

University of Southern California
March 23, 2017,


Choosing a School for Your Child? Focus on This 1 Factor, Says a Stanford Study of 45 Million Students

By Jessica Stillman


January 2018


Are Private Schools Immoral?: A conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones about race, education, and hypocrisy.

By Dianna Douglas

The Atlantic



How Effective Is Your School District?  A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most



Why Parents Make Flawed Choices About Their Kids' Schooling?

By Gail  Cornwall

October 18, 2017

The Atlantic

Americans Have Given Up on Public Schools. That’s a Mistake. The current debate over public education underestimates its value—and forgets its purpose.


October 2017

The Atlantic


Research: How the Best School Leaders Create Enduring Change

By Alex Hill, Liz Mellon, Ben Laker, Jules Goddard

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017


The Resegregation of Jefferson County: What one Alabama town’s attempt to secede from its school district tells us about the fragile progress of racial integration in America.

By Nikole Hannah-Jones

Sept. 6, 2017

New York Times


Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools.  Its Students Lost. Free-market boosters, including Betsy DeVos, promised that a radical expansion of charter schools would fix the stark inequalities in the state’s education system.  The results in the classrooms are far more complicated.

By Mark Binelli

SEPT. 5, 2017

New York Times

The biggest difference between private, charter and public schools isn’t test scores. It’s marketing: All the braggadocio about the so-called success of private and charter schools is just “concentrated privilege”


AUGUST 26, 2017

The Atlantic


The Urban-School Stigma: Influenced by biases against urban education, parents are moving away from city schools and contributing to segregation in the process.

By Jack Schneider

August 25, 2017

The Atlantic



Why Americans Think So Poorly of the Country's Schools: Are public schools generally meeting Americans’ expectations? Or are they teetering on the brink of failure?


 JUL 17, 2017

The Atlantic

Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City: How one school became a battleground over which children benefit from a separate and unequal system.

By Nikole Hannah Jones

New York TImes

June 9, 2016


Why diversity in classrooms matters: Consider it preparation for an increasingly multicultural future — and it can be done without giving up quality.

By Connie Matthiessen

March 4, 2016



The Evidence That White Children Benefit From Integrated Schools

By Anya Kamenetz

October 19, 2015




Book: Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality


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