The following are books I have read (since July 2013) or am currently reading. Please feel free to share your comments about these books at the bottom of this page. Thank you, Barry.


  1. Curtis Tipton:

    Mr. Déquanne,

    I am posting to your blog for the first time. I am impressed with the books that you have been reading as well as your writing. I have read several of the books from your list myself and look forward to reading some of your suggestions. I particularly enjoy reading books outside the field of education and then applying new ideas to my teaching. I actually am a former EAB teacher. I taught music there from 1981-87 and my Brazilian wife, Rosa, and I thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Upon leaving EAB, I spent 25 years in teaching in Greenwich, CT and I am now teaching in Tennessee.

    I want to comment on the book A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink. All six of the senses that Pink outlines (Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play, Meaning) can be applied to education. However, Symphony is the one that interests me the most, particularly his concept of the “boundary crosser” who takes ideas from various different fields to develop new perspectives. I believe that we all can be better teachers by becoming more eclectic in our influences. I can tell from your book selections and writing that you are an avid “boundary crosser.”

    I realize that you are a busy person with limited time but I would be interested in your thoughts. I have just finished reading Quiet by Susan Cain which I believe should be required reading for all teachers. After reading The Tipping Point, Outliers, and Blink, I look forward to reading David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. A suggestion for your list is The Smartest Kids In The World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley. I loved the book and attended her lecture earlier this year in Knoxville, where I live. Have a great week.

    Curtis Tipton

    • Barry Dequanne:

      Dear Curtis,
      It is wonderful to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to share your reflections and the fact that you previously worked at EAB. It is always wonderful to connect with alumni.

      Thank you for your kind words about my book list. I fully agree that it is helpful to read books outside of our direct professional field as there is always something to learn and parallels to discover from other disciplines. In response to your question about the book Quiet, it is one of my favorite books from the last several years and highly recommend it.

      I appreciate your recommendation to read “The Smartest Kids in the World” – I added this book to my “to read” list and hope to read it soon.

      Thank you again for connecting. Let’s be sure to stay in touch.
      Warm regards,

  2. Curtis:


    Thanks for getting back to me. I have ordered David and Goliath and How We Learn. I look forward to reading them and exchanging thoughts. Hopefully, I’ll get email notifications of any new essays that you may post. I am also interested in the book It’s All About The Bike by Robert Penn. I am an avid bicyclist and did some riding when I lived in BSB. I had a Caloi then and mainly rode across the bridge around Lago Sul and also L2-Sul, until a bus clipped me. There was a lot less traffic then. I ride a Specialized bike now and the main hazard here is being chased by dogs. Where do cyclists ride now in Brasilia? Have a great week.


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