Holidays are here, time to curl up with a good book.  These are hot-off-the-press titles on education and social issues to explore.

A new addition to telling the story of New Zealand’s educational history form NZCER publishing:

Elwyn Richardson and the early world of creative education in New Zealand tells the story of the man and the influence of the innovative pedagogy he developed at Oruaiti School from 1949 to 1962. Central to his philosophy was his use of the natural environment to create an integrated programme of art and science. From a one-roomed school in the remote Far North of New Zealand, Elwyn Richardson became a radical and internationally-renowned teacher.

Schooling corporate citizens examines at the history of education reform in the US from the 1970s & 80s to No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, and the recent development of the Common Core. The author shows how reformers have applied principles of business management to schools in extreme ways, damaging civic education and undermining democratic learning.

Bridget Williams Books BWB Texts series of short books on big subjects has produced some great reads on social topics this year. Available for mobile devices or print copies small enough to fit in your pocket. Great stocking stuffers or tuck into the travel bag for holiday reading. Recent additions include:

Home truths: confronting New Zealand’s housing crisis. Housing affordability. Unhealthy homes. Wealth inequality. Environmental sustainability. Social mobility. The state of New Zealand housing is central to many major issues confronting this country. In this wide-ranging BWB Text, leading international housing researcher Philippa Howden-Chapman reveals how New Zealand has lost its way on housing.
Towards a warmer world: what climate change will mean for New Zealand’s future. As new thresholds are breached (the year 2014 was the hottest on record since we’ve begun collecting global temperature measurements in 1880. Even at its midway point, 2015 was already promising to take over this dubious record). Acclaimed Radio New Zealand science writer Veronika Meduna explores our future in a warmer world.
Following his groundbreaking work on income inequality, Max Rashbrooke examines how wealth shapes our experience. Drawing on previously unpublished data, he explores what constitutes wealth in New Zealand – where, how and why it is held. In doing so, he addresses how wealth has come to be so unevenly distributed, and why this imbalance is something we can no longer ignore.