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Rowman & Littlefield, 2016

Each Day: A Veteran Educator’s Guide to Raising Children

In vibrant prose, Z. Vance Wilson offers insight to anyone, whether parent or teacher, responsible for guiding children on the joyous, difficult, and ever-unpredictable path to becoming their best selves intellectually, socially, morally, and spiritually. With judiciousness, good will, and humor (all sharpened as head of a leading boys’ school in Washington, D.C.), Wilson puts forth a clear set of principles, both practical and idealistic, for adults directing children toward wisdom and joy. An award-winning novelist, Wilson draws on colorful tales from his childhood in the American South; rousing episodes in history; and a remarkable assortment of poems, novels, and biblical readings, to illustrate the challenges children face and to illuminate the ways adults may best reach and teach them.

National Association of Independent Schools, 1998

Taking Measure

Taking Measure provides the perspectives on independent school curricula of education experts Stephen C. Clem, Karin H. O’Neil, and Z. Vance Wilson. A useful guide for most schools, the book operates under a broad definition of the word “curriculum,” which includes all aspects of a student’s growth and learning process. From athletics, to leadership exposure, to multiculturalism, nothing is left out of the scope of the curricular focus in Taking Measure. The book stresses certain values over others, and, eighteen years later, it is interesting to take measure of how this book may have impacted today’s prominent educational values.

National Association of Independent Schools, 1991

Paths to New Curriculum

Paths to New Curriculum is a useful guide for how to review and update a school’s curriculum. Stephen C. Clem and Z. Vance Wilson recognize the possible barriers to a new course of study and provide schools and administrators with the tools to overcome these obstacles. Following the path laid out by Clem and Wilson will result in a re-energized curriculum that will positively impact the educators, the community, and, most importantly, the students.

Ballantine Books, 1987                                                                                                   

The Quick and The Dead

Opening with quick and intense action that does not let up, The Quick and the Dead is an emotional journey following a devoutly religious family from the American South. The Quick and the Dead focuses on the religious divide between an ardently Christian father and his two sons, Luke and Will. Each maintaining their own unique relationship with the family and with religion, the three men consequently undergo three powerful, different journeys in life. Having grown up a Southern Baptist, Wilson injects his Alabama experience into the novel, giving it an authentic Southern feel that leaves the reader questioning, wondering, and wanting more.

Mid-South Association of Independent Schools, 1983

They Took Their Stand: The Integration of Southern Private Schools

Wilson’s They Took Their Stand is a thought-provoking discussion of integration efforts in southern private schools from 1963 to 1983 that chronicles the successes, failures, and progress made in integrating schools belonging to the Mid-South Association of Independent Schools. As the opening line of the introduction points out, “This book ends at the beginning.” In other words, although much progress had been made by the time of the book’s publication, the book itself is a call to action, an attempt to make its audience realize that integration must be an active effort, not only on the part of the school, but also on the parts of students and parents. They Took Their Stand urges everyone to take a stand to wipe out segregation in southern private schools.