Books of the Century Challenge Update

Leah Courtney

Well, I haven't done so well on this challenge so far. I did read and review The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. It was actually a very compelling book. For my second book, I picked Democracy and Education by John Dewey. Why? I thought I owed it to myself as a former school teacher now homeschool teacher. I must confess, I just cannot read this book. Reducing education to a form of training and drawing parallels between the teaching of children and the training of animals is more than I can bear. I think I've read enough to say I have the general idea and to understand why I don't agree with outcome based education and am happy that I have the privilege of homeschooling.

So, where does that leave me. After perusing the list of (great) books from the 1900s, here are some I've already read:
L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

Now I am to pick from the 1910s. Since I have given up on John Dewey, I'll pick a new choice. There were no books in this category that I had read. Pollyanna is on the list, and I think I may have read that as a child, but I honestly can't remember if I read it or watched the movie. I am going to pick Laddie by Gene Stratton Porter. This book is also a recommended read in the Thomas Jefferson Education book, so I'll be getting credit from two places, always a good thing.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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