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‘Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be’ and other new book releases on education to read

Get ready to update your reading list.

March offers a wealth of new material in the education policy realm, from Common Core critiques to new pedagogies. Here’s a look at a few noteworthy releases geared toward teachers, students, parents and, really, anyone with an interest in education today.

'The Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions' by Andrew Hacker

If you ever felt like math was a
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If you ever felt like math was a waste of your time in high school, you're not alone. In his latest book, Andrew Hacker, a Queens College math professor, makes the argument that not all high school students should have to take a full menu of mathematics -- algebra, geometry and trigonometry and sometimes calculus. Instead, he calls for an emphasis on figures, quantitative reasoning and statistics. You may recognize Hacker's name from his 2012 New York Times op-ed that similarly questioned the Common Core math requirements. $25.95, out now

'Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be' by Frank Bruni

This New York Times bestseller by the Times
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This New York Times bestseller by the Times columnist Frank Bruni takes aim at the "mania" of the college admissions process -- from test prep to college rankings to the existential emphasis put on "where you go" -- and tries to demystify the allure of the Ivy League. This new paperback release is an updated version of the hardcover, with more text and a new afterword. $14.99, out now

'For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y’all Too' by Christopher Emdin

Christopher Emdin has seen first-hand what works --
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Christopher Emdin has seen first-hand what works -- and what doesn't -- in urban classrooms today. The associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and author of "Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation" presents what he's learned in his book, which blends personal stories with theory and research to offer a new approach, tools and strategies for teaching urban youth of color. $25.95, out March 22

'Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools' by Monique W. Morris

As the co-founder of the National Black Women's
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As the co-founder of the National Black Women's Justice Institute, the San Francisco Bay-area author and social justice scholar Monique W. Morris has made it her life's mission being an advocate for African American women and girls. Her newest book tells the stories of some of these young girls, which she chronicled over the course of four years, the challenges they face in the education and criminal justice systems and how they overcome them. $26.95, out March 29

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