Book Review: “Making Makers” by AnnMarie Thomas

Mrs. J in the Library

Collette J., or Mrs. J in the Library, is a full-time elementary teacher-librarian, blogger, and mama from Pennsylvania. She loves technology, books in any format, makerspaces, and all things Harry Potter. The information and opinions represented here are my own and are not the views and opinions of any business or organization.

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2 Responses

  1. Kiteman says:

    It might be a good book, but it suffers the same problem as so many Make publications; only the thickness of a magazine yet it costs nearly $20, and the Kindle version* is only a couple of dollars cheaper.

    “When did we stop teaching like that, anyway?”

    When parents started getting litigious about every imagined possibility of a bruise, refusing to back up teachers on expectations of behaviour and effort, and driving their child to the school’s front door to “keep them safe”, even though it’s only a ten minute walk.

    Also, if you are in the US, read this and fear for your nation’s future:

    (*I’m posting from the UK, converting currencies.)

    • Collette J. says:

      Amazon (not that I’m a huge fan of them) sells it for $15.50 (U.S. dollars), and for a professional adult book with a limited market, that’s downright reasonable IMO. Book and ebook pricing is a whole other blog post, however, and I’m not interested in getting into that. The purpose of this blog post is to review the book’s content, not the format or pricing.
      My question about teaching was somewhat rhetorical and meant to prompt reflection in my readers who are practicing teachers. I’m not commenting on anyone’s parenting, as I think it’s not my (or anyone’s) job to judge.
      As for the state of U.S. education, the examples in the Gawker post are extreme and certainly don’t reflect all public schools or our nation’s future.

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