Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Crimes against Learning: Solving the Serial Failure of School Reform by Kit Marshall, Gary D. Soto and Becky Salato is a spellbinding, pioneering book in the area of education that explores the relevance of the education that has been provided to students till date, and the systems that foster the methods of learning that are considered archaic, irrelevant, and non creative. In this book, readers will understand how our schools are designed to set children for the worst forms of poverty and failure in life because they are forced into a system that does not take into consideration their strengths, skills, and personal aspirations. This book identifies loopholes in our current educational system and provides solutions for them. What actually makes an education successful? What are the aspects of our educational system that violate the rights of children to develop themselves and prepare for a future that is rightfully theirs? This book answers such questions and asks some.
The authors of this book come across as experts in the area of education and pedagogy. There are very serious points raised in this book and, when considered and integrated into our educational reforms, they will undoubtedly revolutionize the educational system. The chapter about leading with the end in mind was the best for me. The writing is excellent and readers are introduced to powerful, insightful passages and a compelling message that will provoke serious thought about our educational systems. “We cling to our collective experience of what school is and has been for generations, even while the world 'after school' continues to change dramatically.” Crimes against Learning: Solving the Serial Failure of School Reform is a powerful book that is well-researched and that contains invaluable wisdom for educators and policy makers.