I brought away a few useful ideas from this book. It does explain a lot of approaches that you would expect a literacy leader to already know and apply, but I suppose the book has to address these core basics. The style is readable and it is worth a purchase for its specialist audience.
I was somewhat disappointed by this book. I expected more of an overarching philosophy with a comprehensive pedagogy given the title and scope of the book. It was rather thin and the insights and pedagogy was rather uninspiring. There are better books on literacy that I would recommend over this book.
A fascinating book that brings alive the history of education in a lively and thought-provoking way. It made me think deeply about teaching and learning. I would highly recommend this, both to teachers, and to a more general readership interested in philosophy and ideas.