A friend asks a very good question:
I have a very close relative (elementary teacher) who is on the left end of the political spectrum, who has a book club largely inhabited by dedicated and talented teachers of similar persuasion, who would like her group to branch out a little and read some books from more conservative authors and academics. In this case, she would be interested in a book about conservative ideas and thoughts about education, and in particular, the intersection of education and race (she teaches in a majority minority school). She recognizes that I am no longer in retail politics but I might have some contacts with some recommendations for her group to consider.
This is a very thoughtful person and I would like to be able to give a couple of suggestions. I’m wondering if you have some suggestions? I see that Professor Sowell has a book out this year that appears to be a collection of papers on on education and I would put that on the list (Thomas Sowell is a tremendous resource, in my very humble opinion). I am not looking for anything of the “scorched earth” type; what I am looking for is something readable that isn’t 800 pages long and could open the door to some dialogue between groups that perhaps haven’t had much opportunity to do so.
If you have any thoughts on this topic, I’m interested in your opinion.
Thomas Sowell always represents a good place to start, of course, but do the Ricochetti have additional suggestions? Especially those of you who teach?