One of the things we are very passionate about is education; however, the fact that today’s formal education is a broken system based on age-old ideals still remains. Over the past years, a lot has been said and written regarding education reform and the public discussion around is nothing new. Today, there are numerous compelling books that reinvent education from the previous century.
Here are some of the best educational books that will help you gain knowledge about teaching and learning at all ages and in a lot of contexts:
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
By: Ken Robinson
By looking at particular conditions and drawing on the stories of certain people such as Arianna Huffington, Paul McCartney, and Matt Groening, the author, in one of the best educational books, tells readers that there are no barriers in finding the Element – the point where one’s natural talent meets one’s passion.
Thinking Fast and Slow
By: Daniel Kahneman
One of the best educational books that explain the two systems that cause the way we think; it also offers practical tips and techniques on how to prevent the mental glitches that usually get us into trouble.
How Children Succeed:
Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
By: Paul Tough
In How Children Succeed, the author shares new and surprising ways to prepare children for adulthood. Also, he shares qualities such as curiosity, optimism, perseverance, and self-control matter more to lead children to success.
Show Your Work!
By: Austin Kleon
Among the best educational books that are necessary for every bookshelf is Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work! This provides ways to be brave, generous, open, and productive to get discovered.
Five Minds for the Future
By: Howard Gardner
Howard Gardner presents the “five minds” – disciplined mind, the synthesizing mind, the creating mind, the respectful mind, and the ethical mind – that we need to master since these are what the fast-paced future will demand you to succeed in life.
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
One of the best educational books that teach parents to make the most challenging developmental periods in their child’s life a rewarding one; from twelve to twenty-four years old, the changes that the brain undergoes may be troublesome, however, this is a highly essential period in one’s development. Through research in interpersonal neurobiology, the author shares exciting ways to understand the way a teenager’s brain functions as well as how this can bring incredibly positive results in this period of growth.
What You’re Really Meant to Do
By: Robert Steven Kaplan
One of the best educational books that can help change one’s life; in this book, Kaplan shares specific approaches on how to define your own meaning of success and how to reach your potential. The author introduces an integrated plan to identify and achieve your goals. He outlines certain ways and exercises for you to deeply understand yourself, take control of your career, and to hone your skills that fit your aspirations and your passions.
I Just Graduated … Now What?
By: Katherine Scharzenegger
This book is best for graduates which share smart advices and answers to the unanswered tough questions after receiving our diploma. Determined to help uncertain graduates, the author has embarked on a quest for a whole year to get the best advice from more than thirty people who are highly successful in the fields of business, fashion, media, philanthropy, sports, as well as technology.
By: Daniel Goleman
Focus, with advanced research and factual findings, examines the science of attention. With today’s rampant distractions, Goleman argues that we must learn to enhance our focus to survive in this generation.
How to Create a Mind
By: Ray Kurzweil
This book discusses the functions and the endless potential of reverse-engineering the brain to understand how it works and to increase its capabilities. Additionally, the author studies emotional and moral intelligence, as well as the root of consciousness while visualizing the possibilities of merging with the smart technology today.
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
By: Daniel C. Dennett
This is one of the best educational books which provides readers 77 ways to broaden one’s imagination and maintain one’s focus, as well as insight on the different thinking tools plus how and why these were made.
Confessions of a Scholarship Winner
By: Kristina Ellis
In this book, the author Kristina Ellis tells her inspiring story of success and shares how she was able to win scholarships in top schools and earn free money for college even with average academic remarks.
Art as Therapy
By: Alain de Botton, John Armstrong
This book answers the question “What is art for?” with one hundred and fifty samples of remarkable art, design, and architecture. Aside from these, there are also chapters on nature, love, politics, and money which show ways on how art helps with common problems such as creating good relationships, searching for happiness, and even mortality.
A New Culture of Learning:
Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change
By: Douglas Thomas & John Seely Brown
In this book, two authors Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown make readers understand how change and new waves of interest inspire and invite us to visualize a future of learning that is both positive and powerful. It is one of the appropriate and best educational books for everyone for a world characterized by constant change.
Homework for Grown-ups
By: E. Foley and B. Coates
A book that is packed with basic facts that you learned while you were in school but have forgotten as you grew up. It features lessons in English, art, geography, history, math, science, as well as home economics. This is one of the best educational books for parents to have so they can assist their children in academics when necessary.
Natural Healing Wisdom & Know-How
Useful Practices, Recipes, & Formulas for a Lifetime of Health
By: Amy Rost
Natural Healing Wisdom & Know How offers useful information on natural health practices all in one book. It includes chapters on topics based on herbal healing, homeopathy, naturopathy, energy healing, mind-body healing, and Eastern medicine, and provides a variety of methods in dealing with certain health conditions as well as how to maintain one’s health all year-round.
1001 Things Every College Student Needs To Know
By: Harry Harrison
This book provides practical college life tips that are proven useful and powerful, which range from class enrollment, study habits, and more. 1001 Things Every College Student Needs To Know is among the best educational books to have to make the most of one’s college experience.
By: Robert Greene
Being a master requires learning the secrets of your choice of field, submitting to an apprenticeship, gaining knowledge from experienced people, and surpassing your competitors. Robert Greene’s Mastery tells the secret path to being a Master, which includes studying the behavior of masters including Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Leonardo Da Vinci.
How To Write Anything
By: Laura Brown
An essential writing guide for school, work, as well as personal life; it contains over two hundred how-to’s and models which are organized and easy to understand.
By: Danah Boyd
In this book, the author reveals some of the major myths related to today’s teens who often communicate through social media. The book focuses on topics relating to identity, bullying, danger, privacy, as well as safety.