Bibliography for Educators

The School of Athens (1510-1511) by Raphael

I’ve compiled a bibliography primarily for educators. Start with the titles in red. Leave a comment if you think I’ve missed a title that deserves to be here.

General Education

  • Bauer, Susan Wise. The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had.
  • Gamble, Richard (editor), The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be An Educated Human Being.
  • Hirsh, E. D. Hirsh. The Making of Americans: Democracy and Our Schools.
  • Hunter, James Davison. The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age Without Good or Evil.
  • Postman, Neil. The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School.
  • Ravitch, Diane. The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.

Higher Education

  • Bercier, Barry. The Skies of Babylon: Diversity, Nihilism and the American University.
  • Bloom, Allan. The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students.
  • Delbanco, Andrew. College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be.
  • Ferrall, Victor. Liberal Arts at the Brink.
  • Fish, Stanley. Save the World On Your Own Time.
  • Hauerwas, Stanley. The State of the University: American Knowledge and the Knowledge of God.
  • Kronman, Anthony T. Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life.
  • Lewis, Harry R. Excellence Without a Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education.
  • Marsden, George. The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief.
  • Menand, Louis. The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University.
  • Newman, John Henry. The Idea of a University.
  • Nussbaum, Martha C. Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education.
  • Reuben, Julie A. The Making of the Modern University: Intellectual Transformation and the Marginalization of Morality.
  • Sommerville, C. John. The Decline of the Secular University.
  • Sommerville, C. John. Religious Ideas for Secular Universities.

Christian Education

  • Caldecott, Stratford. Beauty for Truth’s Sake: On the Re-enchantment of Education.
  • Davis, Jeffry C. & Philip G. Ryken (editors), Liberal Arts for the Christian Life.
  • Littlejohn, Robert & Charles T. Evans. Wisdom and Eloquence: A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning.
  • Noll, Mark A. & James Turner, The Future of Christian Learning: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue.
  • Plantinga, Cornelius. Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living.
  • Spears, Paul D. & Steven R. Loomis, Education for Human Flourishing: A Christian Perspective.
  • Smith, James K. A. Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation.
  • Wilson, Douglas. The Case for Classical Christian Education.
  • Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Educating for Life: Reflections on Christian Teaching and Learning.

Christian Higher Education

  • Benne, Robert. Quality with Soul: How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith with their Religious Traditions.
  • Dockery, David S. Renewing Minds: Serving Church and Society Through Christian Higher Education.
  • Holmes, Arthur F. The Idea of a Christian College.
  • Holmes, Arthur F. Building the Christian Academy.
  • Klassen, Norman & Jens Zimmermann. The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education.
  • Litfin, Duane. Conceiving the Christian College.
  • MacIntyre, Alasdair. God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition.
  • Marsden, George. The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship.
  • Schwehn, Mark R. Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America.
  • Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Educating for Shalom: Essays on Christian Higher Education.

Habits of Mind

  • Blamires, Harry. The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think?
  • Green, Bradley G. The Gospel and the Mind: Recovering and Shaping the Intellectual Life.
  • McGrath, Alister. The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind.
  • Moreland, J. P. Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul.
  • Noll, Mark A. The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind.
  • Noll, Mark A. Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind.
  • Piper, John. Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God.
  • Platinga, Alvin & Nicholas Wolterstorff (editors). Faith and Rationality.
  • Sire, James W. Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling.
  • Wood, W. Jay. Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous.


  • Bertrand, J. Mark. (Re)Thinking Worldview: Learning to Think, Live and Speak in this World.
  • Naugle, David K. Worldview: The History of a Concept.
  • Moreland, J. P. & William Lane Craig, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview.
  • Sire, James W. Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept.


  • Adler, Mortimer & Charles VanDoren, How to Read a Book.
  • Guinness, Os & Louise Cowan (editors), Invitation to the Classics: A Guide to Books You’ve Always Wanted to Read.
  • Hirsch, E. D. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know.
  • Jacobs, Alan. A Theology of Reading: The Hermeneutics of Love.
  • Jacobs, Alan. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction.
  • Reinke, Tony. Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading.
  • Reynolds, John Mark (editor). The Great Books Reader: Excerpts and Essays on the Most Influential Books in Western Civilization.
  • Sire, James W. How to Read Slowly.


  • Gregory, John Milton. The Seven Laws of Teaching.
  • Highet, Gilbert. The Art of Teaching.
  • Palmer, Parker J. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life.
  • Postman, Neil & Charles Weingartner, Teaching as a Subversive Activity.
  • Schwehn, Mark R. (ed.). Everyone a Teacher.


  • Clark, Roy Peter. Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer.
  • Crider, Scott F. The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for the Academic Essay.
  • Farnsworth, Ward. Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric.
  • Fish, Stanley. How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One.
  • Knowles, Elizabeth. How to Read a Word.
  • McEntyre, Marilyn Chandler. Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies.
  • Thomas, Francis-Noël & Mark Turner, Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose.


  • Ellis, John M. Literature Lost: Social Agendas and the Corruption of the Humanities.
  • Harpham, Geoffrey Galt. The Humanities and the Dream of America.
  • Nussbaum, Martha C. Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities.

Adolescents and Emerging Adults

  • Bauerlein, Mark. The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30).
  • Clark, Chap. Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers.
  • Clydesdale, Tim. The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens After High School.
  • Dean, Kenda Creasy. Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church.
  • Hymowitz, Kay . Ready or Not: What Happens When We Treat Children as Small Adults.
  • Milner, Murray. Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids: American Teenagers, Schools, and the Culture of Consumption.
  • Postman, Neil. The Disappearance of Childhood.
  • Smith, Christian. Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers.
  • Smith, Christian. Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults.
  • Smith, Christian. Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood.

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