As 2017 dawns, our thoughts naturally turn to… our book club, and reading together!
During the end of 2016 we read We Make the Road by Walking, a major and inspiring work on education. Readers commented in response to blog posts here, tweeted up a storm, created images, web apps, and bots. Earlier in the year we read three near-future science fiction novels. which gave us glimpses of education’s possibilities in the context of transformed societies. In previous years we’ve read other books on education, media, and society.
So what next?
We could read another book about education. Several recent titles have come up in conversations of late, all with living authors we might connect with via social media or video. I could invite them to be guests on the Future Trends Forum, too:
- Tressie McMillan Cottom, Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy. A new study of the for-profit sector in the context of privatization and rising inequality.
- Sara Goldrick-Rab, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. How affordable is college education, and why is it so often not?
- Chris Newfield, The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them. Focuses on the defunding of American public higher education.
- Jeff Selingo, College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What it Means for Students. A critical examination of higher ed in transformation.
Or we could add technology to our educational exploration:
- Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz, The Race between Education and Technology. Explores how education changes to prepare students for technological shifts.
- Allan Collins, Richard Halverson, Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America. A Columbia Teachers’ College Press book about how education can change to best respond to technology.
- Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli, Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education. A serious look on connected learning, co-authored by a Future Trends Forum guest, and in its third edition.
We could also change register and read another work of science fiction. The crowdsourced list of titles is very rich. From them, here are some of the more popular ones based on comments and polling:
- Monica Byrne, The Girl in the Road
- Cory Doctorow, For the Win
- Will McIntosh, Soft Apocalypse
- Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
- Ada Palmer, Too Like the Lightning
- Mark Russinovich, Zero Day
- Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story
- Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age
- Daniel Suarez, Daemon
- Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End
- Andy Weir, The Martian
For my part, I’ll commit to setting up a reading schedule, blogging notes and questions, and spurring a Twitter discussion.
What would you like to do, oh brilliant readers?