Since 2014 we’ve been reading books covering different ways of approaching education, technology, and the future. Titles have included media history, near-future science fiction, education economics, anti-authoritarian schooling, changes in higher education, sociology of class, the emerging world of automation, and the 21st century’s most important work of economics.
Here are books that have led the pack in previous discussions, plus a few that I’ve added to the mix.
- Bill Bishop and Robert G. Cushing, The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart. An accessible analysis of how American society is sifting itself into separate strata and locations. A good followup to our Robert Putnam reading.
- 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.
- Tressie McMillan Cottom, Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy. A critical look at how the for-profit sector boomed and took advantage of many Americans.
- Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz, The Race between Education and Technology. Explores how education changes to prepare students for technological shifts.
- Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (one review). A futurist considers ways humanity might evolve.
- Ramez Naam, Nexus. Science fiction about a world is driven by nanotechnology, which enables new politics and a thriller plot. The author is friendly on Twitter.
- 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.
- Cathy O’Neill, Weapons of Math Destruction. A careful critique of the problems arising from big data, data analytics, and applying algorithms to increasing areas of human life.
- Ada Palmer, Too Like the Lightning (NPR rave review). Science fiction extrapolating from all kinds of ideas we’re thinking about today. Lots of world-building with science, technology, and culture.
- 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.
- Jeff Selingo, College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What it Means for Students. A critical examination of higher ed in transformation.
- Strauss and Howe, The Fourth Turning (1997). This is the great book about American generational theory, an ambitious interpretation of this nation’s culture, and a tool for getting at the future. It’s very much in the news now, as people seek to apply its model to either Trump or his opposition.
- Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End . Hugo-award-winning science fiction novel about the future of education.
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I’m looking forward to your choices!