Books, Chapters, and Courses of Study
What’s Worth Learning? addresses the central question of general education. For learners facing a complex, unpredictable, and dangerous future, it asks and answers the question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner?
In simple, jargon-free language, the book explains why the “core curriculum” in near-universal use in America’s classrooms was poor when it was adopted in 1893 and why it grows more dysfunctional with each passing year. It then shows how, without changes in staffing, budgets, or bureaucratic boundaries, knowledge can be organized to both radically improve learner intellectual performance and significantly decrease the cost of a general education.
Recognizing the difficulty of translating a new idea into classroom instruction, an online appendix offers a comprehensive, classroom-tested course of study suitable for adolescents and older students.
Brady, Marion and Howard Brady, Connections: Investigating Reality.
Online appendix to the above book, available for free download from either Information Age Publishing or from this website. A course of study for adolescents.
Brady, Marion and Howard Brady, American History Handbook for Teachers and Mentors.
Another online resource and course of study for adolescents, available free from this website. Student materials are included, and also available as a separate document in Investigating American History.
Brady, Marion. Chapter 12, “Why Current Education Reform Efforts Will Fail,” pp. 203-219, in The Gates Foundation and the Future of U.S. ‘Public’ Schools, Philip E. Kovacs, Editor. Routledge. New York, NY 2011. Available at Amazon Books
Brady, Marion. Chapter 3, “A Supradisciplinary Curriculum,” pp. 26-33, in Toward A Coherent Curriculum, 1995 Yearbook of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, James A. Beane, Editor. Available at Amazon Books
Brady, Marion. A Study of Reality. Books for Educators. Kent, Washington. 1994, 1996.
A comprehensive, “supradisciplinary” course of study designed to help adolescents lift into consciousness their conceptual models of reality. Note that this is no longer in print, but its significant content is included in Connections: Investigating Reality, available for free from this website.
Brady, Marion. What’s Worth Teaching? Selecting, Organizing, and Integrating Knowledge. State University of New York Press. 1989. Available at Amazon Books
What’s Worth Teaching? is a volume in the SUNY Series in Philosophy of Education.
Brady, Marion. What’s Worth Teaching? Selecting, Organizing, and Integrating Knowledge (Revised) Books For Educators. 1993.
Books for Educators bought the right to co-publish What’s Worth Teaching? from SUNY Press, and nominated the book for the Grawemeyer Award in Education.
Brady, Marion and Howard Brady. Idea and Action in American History. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. 1977
A middle school United States history textbook that made very extensive use of primary source material to explain and explore seven concepts essential to understanding the past: Motivation, Value Conflict, Cultural Differences, Polarization, Autonomy, Cultural Interaction, and System Change.
Brady, Marion and Howard Brady. Idea and Action in World Cultures. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. 1977
A middle school world cultures textbook that used primary source material from fourteen different societies to explain and explore eight concepts essential to understanding all societies: Human Patterns, Habitat, Values, Social Control, Learning, Technology, Status, and Outsiders.
Brady, Marion and Howard Brady. A Rationale for Social Studies. State of Florida, Department of Education. 1971
A Rationale for Social Studies went through more printings than any previous Florida Department of Education publication.