Dr. J's Recommendations

Dr. Olaf Jorgenson — a leader in the educational community — is actively involved in the education field. From speaking at conferences and publishing journal articles and books to serving as a Klingenstein Fellow, he's on the cutting edge of what's happening in education.

This list of recommendations is for parents, students and community members who are passionate about education. The list will evolve and grow over time and be a resource for those who want to learn more. Explore, reflect and enjoy …



"The Blessings of a Skinned Knee" by Wendy Mogel
An excellent resource for parents seeking strategies to raise resilient children. Using the teachings of the Jewish Torah and Talmud, Mogel conveys advice about helping children become independent.

"The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness" by Edward Hallowell, M.D., Ph.D.
What can parents do to shape children who are happy adults? The answers might surprise you in this book from noted child psychologist and speaker Dr. Ned Hallowell.

"How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, & the Hidden Power of Character" by Paul Tough
Paul Tough asserts that contrary to our common assumptions about why some children become successful, it is elements of their character rather than their ability that become pivotal, especially with regard to overcoming adversity (even for disadvantaged children). This book also has provocative guidance for parents, as the author raises concerns about the ideals and methods prevalent in modern parenting.

"World Class Leaders: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students" by Yong Zhao
What if the educational “reform” movement now underway in America, emphasizing mastery of content, high test scores, and establishing a unified central curriculum across the nation, was actually jeopardizing rather than preparing America’s children for the future? And, what sort of schools and instructional methods should we be pursuing instead, as we aim for the creative and entrepreneurial habits that students need to develop? Yong Zhao addresses both of these important questions in his pioneering work that is a must-read for parents living in Silicon Valley.


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