Parents and student achievement

Tiger Mother

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Amy Chua

New York: Penguin Press

Education Library:  HQ759 .C59 2011

The  adage, ‘Educate a man and you have a professional in the work force; educate a woman and you educate a family,’  has its proof in these books.

There has  has been a lot of media coverage about the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua over the weekend of January 15-17, 2011.  Book reviews, NPR, television news interviews have all described and interviewed Dr. Chua’s (a law professor at Yale) hard driving approach in instilling high performance for her two daughters, now ages 14 and 17.

I am presenting some of the academic books at McLure Education Library that relate to the topic of parents and student achievement.  These books are not all about privileged Ivy Leaguers.


Narrowing the Achievement Gap: Strategies for Educating Latino, Black, and Asian Students – 

Susan J. Paik, Herbert J. Walberg, editor; foreword by Edmund W. Gordon.

New York: Springer, 2007

Education Library  LC3731 .N27 2007

This book serves as a valuable professional tool by: Providing effective strategies from experienced scholars and professionals that can be used to improve academic achievement and well-being of minority students. Examining, collectively, three cultural groups in one concise, yet comprehensive book on themes related to diverse families, immigration issues, and teaching and learning. Conceptualizing opportunities and challenges in working with minority children in the context of the federal No Child Left Behind act, related state and local educational policies, and current social trends.


Understanding Minority Ethnic Achievement

Understanding Ethnic Minority Achievement: Race, Gender, Class and ‘Success.’


Louise Archer and Becky Francis.

London: Routledge  2007.

Education Library  LC3085.G7 A73 2007

This timely and authoritative book, written by British authors from a British point of view builds upon, and contributes to, ongoing debates about levels of achievement among minority ethnic pupils, working class pupils and more generally, the issue of boys’ underachievement.


Why Bright Kids get Poor Grades

Why bright kids get poor grades and what you can do about it : a six-step program for parents and teachers


Sylvia Rimm.

Scottsdale, AZ : Great Potential Press, c2008.

Education Library  LC4691 .R57 2008

Drawing on both clinical research and years of experience counseling families, Dr. Rimm has developed a ‘Trifocal Model’ to help parents and teachers work together to get students back on track. It is effective for a wide range of students, from preschool through college. This is more ‘how-to than scholarly, but draws on scholarly research and clinical experience.



Passing the Torch: Does Higher Education for the Disadvantaged Pay off Across the Generations?

Passing the torch : does higher education for the disadvantaged pay off across the generations?


Paul Attewell and David E. Lavin ; in collaboration with Thurston Domina and Tania Levey.

New York : Russell Sage Foundation, c2007.

Education Library  LC4069.6 .A87 2007

Not so much a how-to manual, but looks at the advantages of higher education to women and men, and subsequently their children. One chapter ‘How college changes a mother’s parenting and affects her children’s educational outcomes,’ is pertinent, as is the whole sociological profile of the book.


What Mothers Say About Special Education

What Mothers Say about Special Education: from the 1960’s to present.

Jan W. Valle.

New York:  Palgrave Macmillan

Education Library:    LC3981 .V24 2009


This book documents the experiences of 15 mothers whose children labeled learning disabled attended public schools during the last four decades. Despite the right of parents to participate in educational decision-making, these mothers describe the challenge of exercising that right. In candid and compelling narratives, mothers speak to the language of experts, conflicts in shared decision-making, devaluation of “mother knowledge,” and the influence of race, class, and gender. The constancy of issues suggests that this landmark legislation may, in fact, have engendered minimal changes in the lives of mothers and their children

What are the Youth Media Awards?

The Midwinter meeting of the American Library Association annually announces the winners of  outstanding books and media for children, sponsored by various committees of the section,  Association of Library Service for Children (ALSC).   This was formerly known as the announcement of the Newbery Medal, for ‘the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature’,  and Caldecott Medal winners for  the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the previous year.   The Awards Ceremony is now known as the Youth Media Awards, because of the addition of awards for other categories of book publishing and media.   The recent ALA meeting was in San Diego, CA, and the announcements made on January 11, 2011.


Briefly,  Moon over Manifest,” written by Clare Vanderpool, is the 2011 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.   “A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” illustrated by Erin E. Stead, is the 2011 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Philip C. Stead, and is a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing.  The UA Libraries does not have these books yet.  We do have the Newbery and Caldecott winning books in a special section of the Education School Library area in McLure.  For all the details, go to