Social Psychology of Education cover

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Social Psychology of Education
Guskin
1970

Submitter: The groovy 1970s cover caught my eye on the weeding cart! But the shabby condition and outdated content meant it had to go. See the index for Outdated Term for People of Color as well as Outdated Term for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Holly: It’s definitely outdated! Such an odd cover, too. It breathes some life into a serious academic tome. But, the Guskins (unclear if they’re related) are well-respected scholars and the book was positively reviewed (50 years ago). It’s clearly time to weed it now for all but the most historically-centered collections.

homeschool for excellence

Homeschooling

Homeschooling for Excellence
Colfax and Colfax
1988

Today we have a book about homeschooling from the late 1980s. COVID-19 has changed the landscape of instruction for kids across the country. I can imagine that books on homeschooling, teaching, and the companion technologies might be more popular right now.

This book, which was probably fine for the late 1980s and early 90s, probably isn’t going to be helpful for our 2020 connected kids.

Other information might be outdated as well. There are some discussions of legal issues surrounding homeschooling, so that information could be suspect as well.

Teaching English

The English Department in a Changing World

The English Department in a Changing World
Knott
1985

Submitter: The cover says enough to explain why this 1985 publication is an awful library book. What’s striking, though, is how little has changed. Thirty years later, English departments still fight to justify their existence to administrators and parents, contend with dwindling resources, and struggle to include diversity in their curriculum.

Don't sit on the kids

Don’t Sit on the Kids

Parents, Please Don’t Sit On Your Kids
A Parent’s Guide to Non Punitive Discipline
Cherry
1984

We have featured some truly awful parenting books on this site. Anyone remember this God, The Rod, And Your Child’s Bod we featured back in 2016? You might have tried to suppress the memory. Not only is that title awful, the contents are even more frightening. Or how about this one from 2010?

Thankfully, there is an antidote to the above books. Please don’t sit on your kids is the polar opposite. It advocates a non violent, approach to discipline. The author puts responsibility squarely on the parents to model good behavior, and work through the issues with their children by using improved communication. Cherry was an innovator in education and her books are worthy of inclusion in larger public libraries and university collections. An average public library probably won’t need to keep something like this, but depending on the interest, you might have a case for retaining this item.I could live without that cover art, though. The children look like they were casting choices for Children of the Corn.