Definitely, Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen. Many, many others are on my list but an oldie but goodie is Andy Grove's Only the Paranoid Survive to recognize the parallels between business and education.
All wonderful suggestions--is it outrageous to suggest that there might be some blogs out there just as important/engaging/relevant?
The first that comes to mind for me is Howard Rheingold's Vloghttp://vlog.rheingold.com/
but that's probably just because I'm one of his disciples!
Yes, I echo your endorsement of that book. I've read Global Achievement Gap three times, and still get more out of it. How about Hot, Flat, and Crowded for a big world picture, which gets us out there looking at the interwoven world economy and environmental conditions, then back again to the educational focus provided by Wagner?
I'm currently reading Remix by Lawrence Lessig. How about that one, too?
I've been maintaining a library of articles on poverty, education, drop out, etc. which is available on the Tutor/Mentor Connection site. I also create maps of Chicago showing where poverty is highest and where poorly performing schools are located. These maps also show locations of faith groups, businesses, colleges and hospitals who could be providing volunteer, technology and financial support to help kids in poor neighborhoods come to school better prepared to learn, and leave school better prepared for jobs and careers.
In my blog I point to new articles, and to other writers, who have been writing about these issues for many years. Maybe with a new administration our leaders will finally read these. However, my hope for a change in education is that leaders in the private sector read and develop their own strategies for helping kids through school and in to jobs.
Here are my favs. Combine games, how people learn and learning organizations.
Digital game-based learning. Prensky How People Learn Bransford, Brown, Cocking Knowing What Students Know Pellegrino, J., Chudowsky, N., & Glaser The fifth discipline fieldbook: Strategies and tools for building a learning organizationSenge, P., Kleiner, A., Roberts, C., Ross, R., & Smith, B.