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Courage To Grow by Laura Sandefer

This one is pretty obvious as it is all about Acton Academy, written by the founder.

If anything on this website peaks your interest then I highly recommend this book to see if Acton Academy might be the right fit for your family. 

Note: Acton Academy Kennebunkport is an independent affiliate of the Acton Academy network of schools, meaning that while all of the fundamentals will be the same, we will do some things differently. 

Free to Learn by Peter Gray

Excellent book highlighting that way we learn and the importance of freedom and nature. It discusses different ways of learning, like hunter-gatherer communities. It also discusses the Sudbury Valley School in MA (an alternative education school). I strongly suggest this book.

The One World School House by Salman Khan

This is a great book that I think everyone should read, especially teachers (public, private, alternative, homeschool, etc). Salman Khan created the Khan Academy; the book discusses how it came about, but even more interesting are his ideas about education, flipping it on it's head. Even if you are in a teacher in a traditional school there are changes that would be easy to implement that I think could have real impact (I say this as a former High School Math teacher in public schools). If nothing else, it's very interesting.

A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille

Excellent, deep content, but still an easy read. The key concepts are that a true, deep education is developed through great mentors, learning the classics, 'inspire, not require', hands-on experience, and hard work.

The Smartest Kids In The World  by Amanda Ripley

So many of the themes in this book have come up in other books I've read on education such as autonomy. The book looks at various different countries and how they educate; from how they value teachers, influences of the country's past struggles, hours they spend studying, etc. A good book, worth the read certainly, but I wouldn't say my favorite book (still very good though, makes the list).

*work in progress*