Bookworm Alert: 3 MUST READ Books About Education

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What we need in the digital age is good old reading! In our regular reader’s digest, you’ll discover must-read book reviews and suggestions.

This time around, we’ve hand-picked controversial and scandalous books about education everyone will enjoy reading.

#1 Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Author: Safiya Umoja Noble

Algorithms of Oppression is a controversial work written by Safiya Umoja Noble, an assistant professor of communications at the University of Southern California.

Conspiracy theorists will absolutely adore the book, and here’s why:

  • how major search engines (namely, ) can become a cross-section of racism in society at large
  • how search engines learn from users who pass on their own racial prejudice
  • how the prejudice and bias are passed on to other Internet users.

Source: NYUPress

The comments about the book have already caused quite the stir on Twitter. The comments on the racially insensitive search results examples provided by Noble in the book were questioned by a historian Alexander Magoun using the @IEEEhistory account.

Later on, however, he apologized for being prejudiced. All in all, the book is believed to help improve ’s algorithms and eliminate racially-fuelled results.

If you want to learn more about the “Algorithms of Oppressionread an excerpt provided in Google Books.

#2 The Tyranny of Metrics

Author: Jerry Z. Muller

Source: Ricochet

In a nutshell, The Tyranny of Metrics is about how an obsession with statistics, figures, and metrics can negatively influence higher education. See no evident connection?

Oh well, turns out analyzing admissions, academic success, faculty productivity in numbers is not always a good thing. The book explains:

  • why “metric fixation” and attaching rewards or penalties to measured performance is wrong;
  • how particular rankings can hurt college/university admission rates;
  • why evaluating faculty productivity by numbers of publications leads to lowering the quality of articles.

In his book, Muller also explains why metrics generate a positive return on investment (ROI) for educational institutions.

The author believes that obsession with metrics and figures is tied to making money which reduces the initial idea of statistical evaluation.  

If you want to learn more about “The Tyranny of Metricsread an excerpt provided in Google Books.

#3 You Must Be Very Intelligent: The Ph.D. Delusion

Author: Karin Bodewits

Source: NaturalScience

 

You Must Be Very Intelligentis a phrase often heard by people going to grad school. However, in this case, it’s the intriguing name of a novel about the ins and outs of academic life.

The book is an insider’s take on whether going to grad school is a smart choice. Bodewits tells about her personal experience while earning a degree.

Here’s what you will learn from the book:

  • how to earn a doctorate degree and not to lose oneself in the process;
  • how to cope with academic backstabbing, research theft, and sexual harassment in academic circles;
  • how to overcome the hardships of earning a doctorate and not to get disillusioned.

The book has been dubbed a tragicomedy, but the author herself is not a tragic heroine. Owing to Bodewits’ way of describing the most horrific experiences of her post-grad life, the book is easy to read.

All in all, this is an absolute must-read for aspiring Ph.Ds to help them get rid of illusions.

If you want to learn more about “You Must Be Very Intelligent: The Ph.D. Delusionread an excerpt provided in Google Books.

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