Blumenfeld, Samuel. Is Public Education Necessary?
Groundbreaking study on the origins of American public education.
Blumenfeld, Samuel. NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education.
Uses original sources to reveal the agenda of the most powerful lobby in America.
Coulson, Andrew. Market Education: The Unknown History.
A nearly exhaustive and quite compelling history of the difference in quality between private and government education. Coulson shows how when the government gets involved, regardless of time period or culture, educational quality suffers. This is a must-read for those who want practical answers for why we need to separate school and state.
Nash, Ronald. The Closing of the American Heart: What’s Really Wrong with America’s Schools.
Carries Alan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind thesis further, drawing from Biblical reasoning.
Richard, Carl J. The Founders and the Classics.
Shows how the American Founders were steeped in classical learning, and how this type of education dominated into the nineteenth century. Some of the chapters are slow-going, but there is a wealth of information here for those who have the patience.
Richman, Sheldon. Separating School and State: How to Liberate America’s Families.
Solid critique of government-controlled education. While I agree with the thesis, I do not share the libertarian view that government is inherently evil.
Slater, Rosalie, ed. Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History: The Principle Approach.
Explanation of Biblical principles for curriculum development.
Vitz, Paul C. Censorship: Evidence of Bias in Our Children’s Textbooks.
Results of a government study on the contents of history and reading texts, both at elementary and secondary levels. Documents the major shift in philosophy toward political correctness.
Wilson, Douglas. Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning: An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education.
Wilson is a principal who operates the Logos School in Idaho. In this book, he lays out his Biblical/classical approach to education.