Books by Herbert Kohl

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Uniformly written and passionately considered, the collection brims with ideas, memories and hope for creatively inspired students."
Incensed by recent trends to eliminate arts education from public-school curriculums, co-editors Kohl and Oppenheim present 20 insightful essays in a bid to draw attention to the cultural and developmental significance of the cause. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Moving and perceptive—a delightful, engaging memoir on aging."
Educator Kohl (She Would Not Be Moved, 2005, etc.) returns to the classroom, this time as a student of Chinese landscape painting. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"If grade-schoolers are truly equipped to comprehend a past of poll taxes, lynching and institutional hatred in the place of the current pieties, then Kohl's lesson plan will serve them well."
Everything you know about Rosa Parks is wrong—unless you've been studying with education-reform activist Kohl (A Grain of Poetry, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"Nevertheless, this is a book that will recharge a teacher's batteries."
Creed mixed with memoir by a veteran educator. Read full book review >
Released: July 15, 1995

"The essence of PC educational ideals."
The self-styled radical educator (``I Won't Learn from You,'' 1994, etc.) collects meandering, utterly predictable essays on the importance of narrative in the education of children. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Some anecdotes and examples are repeated from earlier works, but this is must reading for Kohl fanciers and anyone looking for the humanity buried in the long debate about why Johnny can't read."
The five essays in this book are powerful reminders that currently popular ideas of school choice may be only another trendy veneer disguising the deeply rooted problems of public education. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Western Civilization,'' and unlikely to appeal to general readers, but very useful, nonetheless, for serious students who really want to know what those twenty-dollar words mean. (Nonfiction. 14+)"
Best-known for his exposÇs of conditions in inner-city schools, Kohl pursues educational reform at a different level with this dictionary of important terms in the arts, philosophy, logic, critical thinking, linguistics, and the social sciences. Read full book review >