Recommended books about education and related matters

Here’s a list of some books about education and related subjects that have influenced my writings in this blog. All are worth a read in my view. If not quite contrarian, most of these books challenge the consensus in some way. I’m including Mary Gallagher’s book not so much because I necessarily agree with it but because it is probably the best exposition of a particular philosophy of education, one that might be seen loosely as representing the ‘left wing’ consensus.


  1. Why Don’t Students Like School, Daniel T. Willingham.
  2. Teacher Proof: Why research in education doesn’t always mean what it claims, and what you can do about it, Tom Bennett.
  3. Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, Susan Cain.
  4. Does Education Matter? Myths about education and economic growth, Alison Wolf.
  5. Perfect Rigor: A genius and the mathematical breakthrough of the century, Masha Gessen.
  6. Bad Education: Debunking myths in education, Philip Adey and Justin Dillon.
  7. Seven Myths about Education, Daisy Christodoulou.
  8. How learning works, Ambrose, Bridges, DiPietro Lovett and Norman.
  9. When can you trust the experts?, Daniel T. Willingham.
  10. The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker.
  11. Academic Armageddon, Mary Gallagher.
  12. How Universities can help create a Wiser World, Nicholas Maxwell.

About Greg Foley

A lecturer in Biotechnology in Dublin City University for more than 25 years. Trained as a Chemical Engineer in UCD (BE and PhD) and Cornell (MS). Does research on analysis and design of membrane filtration systems.
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