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8 Enlightening Books About Education

Learn how to learn the right things.

Modern education is a bit of a hot mess. Imagine a world where children would be dumped most of days in school for approximately 15 to 20 years, taking part of an industrialized education system meant to endow them with the knowledge to navigate the often-confusing real world.

Now, imagine that at the end of that ordeal said kids, now adults, finally get out of school ready to finally face the world. They then find that they’ve been barely taught anything useful at all.

Education is something that you need to take upon yourself these days, to stay on top of things and not rely on a mostly dated curriculum. Thanks to the advances of technology this is a goal more accessible than ever before. Still, first, you got to have an idea of what’s worth to get an education on and that’s something you can get a clue on by reading these books.

#1 How We Learn by Benedict Carey

How We Learn by Benedict Carey
This book uses research to show how in fact our brains receive and process knowledge. Carey discusses how we are all learning constantly, yet we underestimate the importance of sleep and daydreaming in the learning process. He sheds some new light on the process of learning, highlighting how different techniques in teaching and planning can lead to deeper learning and understanding. Read this book if you want to think more critically about thinking.

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#2 Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown
How does the brain learn best? Understanding the answer to this simple question is the key to unlocking top grades at high school and college. Science has recently uncovered some powerful solutions proven time and again to dramatically boost outcomes from teachers’ lessons or students study sessions. Written by a winning team of some of the world’s foremost memory scholars and a writer and journalist, this is an indispensable guide for teachers, parents and students looking for the smart path to outstanding exam results.

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#3 The New Collar Workforce by Sarah Boisvert

The New Collar Workforce by Sarah Boisvert
With the addition of new technologies like robotics and 3D Printing, Blue collar jobs have become digital New Collar jobs, creating a skills gap for high-paying jobs. New education models are needed to train the people required for New Collar Jobs especially in manufacturing. In The New Collar Workforce, we learn the skills needed for specific roles in manufacturing and then the book provides education options such as Fab Labs and digital badges.

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#4 What’s So Important About Music Education? by J. Scott Goble

What's So Important About Music Education? by J. Scott Goble
Music education is often left out of the conversation of general education. J. Scott Goble’s book, What’s So Important About Music Education answers the question in the title directly and profoundly. Thoroughly well-researched, engaging and wide-ranging, this is the best book on the subject you are likely to find.

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#5 UDL Now!: A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms

UDL Now!: A Teacher's Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today's Classrooms
Katie Novak is one of the nation’s leading experts on Universal Design for Learning, an educational framework that shifts our focus on teaching knowledge to teaching learning. UDL aims to create expert learners in our students and equally challenge students of all variability in an inclusive classroom setting.

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#6 Learning How to Learn by Barbara Oakley PhD

Learning How to Learn by Barbara Oakley PhD
A book based off one of the most popular online courses of all time, it is focused on teaching you how to study effectively. It sticks only to methods proven by multiple studies, and debunks some myths as well. It written and illustrated to be very easy to understand and implement.

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#7 How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport

How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport
Cal Newport’s book on becoming a straight A student. This is the same Cal Newport who wrote Deep Work and Digital Minimalism. In this book he goes through a blueprint for the methods and strategies of learning material quickly and efficiently. It covers everything well, but where this book excels is with its discussion of time management.

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#8 Smarter Squared: How to Use Personalized Learning to Master School Faster and Create the Future You Want

Smarter Squared: How to Use Personalized Learning to Master School Faster and Create the Future You Want
Personalized Learning is at the forefront of reshaping education so that students can choose their educational path and be more successful in the workplace. Their education becomes related to and far more relevant to their career choices.

Teachers become mentors and students drive their own education based on their passions, preferences and learning modalities.

Parents, teachers, communities and businesses support students on their journey so they are 100% prepared to step into the work world and be successful.

Microsoft, Apple and others have contributed millions to personalized learning programs supporting a more student-centric education. The results have been outstanding! More students stay in school and graduate eager to begin their careers!

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Contributors to this article
Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

William Wadsworth from Exam Study Expert

Sarah Boisvert from Fab Lab Hub, LLC

Adam Cole from Adam Cole Works, LLC

Lindie Johnson from N/A

Blake Jensen from SD Higher Scores

Pat Wyman from HowToLearn

Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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