How do I count the ways in which these 50 have influenced our educational system?
It is said that there are two things that can bring about real change in a person...the company they keep, and the books they read. Our school systems are birthed from these books…the teaching philosophies were founded by the men on this list and the textbooks are replete with their ideas. The antidote is not to NOT read these books – but to juxtapose them with the 50 best books of the 20th Century, and see for yourself what all the hub-bub is about.
Note: I would add to this list Howard Zinn’s A People’s History, which BTW is already in your local high school history books and coming in full force through the new history standards of Common Core.
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