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Relentless Pursuit: A Year in the Trenches with

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Donna Foote

Relentless Pursuit: A Year in the Trenches with Teach for America

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2009

When Locke High School opened its doors in 1967, the residents of Watts celebrated it as a sign of the changes promised by Los Angeles. But four decades later, first-year Teach for America recruits Rachelle, Phillip, Hrag, and Taylor are greeted by a school that looks more like a prison, with bars, padlocks, and chains all over. With little training and experience, these four will be asked to produce academic gains in students who are among the most disadvantaged in the country. Relentless Pursuit lays bare the experiences of these four teachers to evaluate the strengths and peculiarities of Teach for America and a social reality that has become inescapable.

  

Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to

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E. D., Jr. Hirsch

Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 1988

A must-read for parents and teachers, this major bestseller reveals how cultural literacy is the hidden key to effective education and presents 5000 facts that every literate American should know. In this forceful manifesto Professor E. D. Hirsch, Jr., argues that children in the United States are being deprived of the basic knowledge that would enable them to function in contemporary society. They lack cultural literacy: a grasp of background information that writers and speakers assume their audience already has. Even if a student has a basic competence in the English language, he or she has little chance of entering the American mainstream without knowing what a silicon chip is, or when the Civil War was fought. An important work that has engendered a nationwide debate on our educational standards, Cultural Literacy is a required reading for anyone concerned with our future as a literate nation.

  

When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf

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Harlan Lane

When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 1989

The authoritative statement on the deaf, their education, and their struggle against prejudice.

  

The Art of Teaching

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Gilbert Highet

The Art of Teaching

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 1989

The noted classicist presents his educational methodology, within the context of history, from the Sophists to modern teaching.

  

Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?: Teaching Great

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Kenneth Koch

Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?: Teaching Great Poetry to Children

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 1990

A classic that revolutionized the way children are taught to read and write poetry. The celebrated poet Kenneth Koch conveys the imaginative splendor of great poetry by Blake, Donne, Stevens, Lorca, and others and then shows how it maybe taught so as to help children write poetry of their own. For this edition, the author has written a new introduction and a special afterword for teachers."

  

The End of Education: Redefining the Value of

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Neil Postman

The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 1996

Postman suggests that the current crisis in our educational system derives from its failure to supply students with a translucent, unifying "narrative" like those that inspired earlier generations. Instead, today's schools promote the false "gods" of economic utility, consumerism, or ethnic separatism and resentment. What alternative strategies can we use to instill our children with a sense of global citizenship, healthy intellectual skepticism, respect of America's traditions, and appreciation of its diversity? In answering this question, The End of Education restores meaning and common sense to the arena in which they are most urgently needed. "Informal and clear...Postman's ideas about education are appealingly fresh."--New York Times Book Review

  

Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World

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Leah Hager Cohen

Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 1995

In American Sign Language, "train go sorry" means "missing the boat." Leah Hager Cohen uses the phrase as shorthand for the myriad missed connections between the deaf and the hearing. Yet in this stunning work of journalism and memoir she also forges new connections. As she ushers readers into New York's Lexington School for the Deaf, Cohen (whose grandfather was deaf and whose father was the school's superintendent) conveys the intimate truths of this silent but articulate world.

  

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete

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Sally E. Shaywitz

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2005

FOR EVERYONE WHO STRUGGLES TO READ Clear, practical, science-based information and advice for successful results One in five American children has trouble reading. But they are not stupid or lazy. In Overcoming Dyslexia, Dr. Sally Shaywitz, codirector of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention and a leader in the new research into how the brain works, offers the latest information about reading problems and proven, practical techniques that, along with hard work and the right help, can enable anyone to overcome them. Here are the tools that parents and teachers need to help the dyslexic child, age by age, grade by grade, step by step. --What dyslexia is and why some intelligent, gifted people read slowly and painfully--How to identify dyslexia in preschoolers, schoolchildren, young adults, and adults--How to find the best school and how to work productively with your child's teacher--Exercises to help children use the parts of the brain that control reading--A 20-minute nightly home program to enhance reading--The 150 most common problem words-a list that can give your child a head start--Ways to raise and preserve a child's self-esteem aqnd reveal his ...

  

The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict

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Diane Ravitch

The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2004

If you re an actress or a coed just trying to do a man-size job , a yes-man who turns a deaf ear to some sob sister , an heiress aboard her yacht , or a bookworm enjoying a boy s night out , Diane Ravitch s internationally acclaimed The Language Police has bad news for you: Erase those words from your vocabulary Textbook publishers and state education agencies have sought to root out racist, sexist, and elitist language in classroom and library materials. But according to Diane Ravitch, a leading historian of education, what began with the best of intentions has veered toward bizarre extremes. At a time when we celebrate and encourage diversity, young readers are fed bowdlerized texts, devoid of the references that give these works their meaning and vitality. With forceful arguments and sensible solutions for rescuing American education from the pressure groups that have made classrooms bland and uninspiring, The Language Police offers a powerful corrective to a cultural scandal."

  

Charlemagne

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Derek A. Wilson

Charlemagne

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2007

An incisive and absorbing biography of the legendary emperor who bridged ancient and modern Europe and singlehandedly altered the course of Western history. Charlemagne was an extraordinary figure: an ingenious military strategist, a wise but ruthless leader, a cunning politician, and a devout believer who ensured the survival of Christianity in the West. He also believed himself above the rules of the church, siring bastards across Europe and coldly ordering the execution of 4,500 prisoners. Derek Wilson shows how this complicated, fascinating man married the military might of his army to the spiritual force of the Church in Rome, thereby forging Western Christendom. This is a remarkable portrait of Charlemagne and of the intricate political, religious, and cultural world he dominated.

  

A Writer at War: A Soviet Journalist with the Red

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Vasily Grossman

A Writer at War: A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2007

When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, Vasily Grossman became a special correspondent for the Red Star, the Soviet Army's newspaper, and reported from the frontlines of the war. A Writer at War depicts in vivid detail the crushing conditions on the Eastern Front, and the lives and deaths of soldiers and civilians alike. Witnessing some of the most savage fighting of the war, Grossman saw firsthand the repeated early defeats of the Red Army, the brutal street fighting in Stalingrad, the Battle of Kursk (the largest tank engagement in history), the defense of Moscow, the battles in Ukraine, the atrocities at Treblinka, and much more. Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova have taken Grossman's raw notebooks, and fashioned them into a gripping narrative providing one of the most even-handed descriptions --at once unflinching and sensitive -- we have ever had of what Grossman called "the ruthless truth of war."

  

Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King

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Brad Matsen

Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2010

An unprecedented and masterfully told biography of Jacques Cousteau that reveals for the first time the fascinating and compelling individual behind this famous television personality. Inventor of the aqualung and fearless scuba diver, Jacques Cousteau opened up the ocean to a mass audience for the first time. Here, with the cooperation of many of the subjects closest confidants and family, Brad Matsen makes clear the full picture of his remarkable life, showing the father, military man, inventor, entrepreneur, and adventurer behind the public face. Vividly conveying the people, the science, and the lure of the sea that shaped Cousteau's life, Matsen paints a luminous portrait of a man who profoundly changed the way we live on our planet.

  

Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My

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Temple Grandin

Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life with Autism

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2006

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism--because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us. In this unprecedented book, Grandin delivers a report from the country of autism. Writing from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person, she tells us how that country is experienced by its inhabitants and how she managed to breach its boundaries to function in the outside world. What emerges in Thinking in Pictures is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who, in gracefully and lucidly bridging the gulf between her condition and our own, sheds light on the riddle of our common identity.

  

On Michael Jackson

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Margo Jefferson

On Michael Jackson

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2007

Michael Jackson was once universally acclaimed as a song-and-dance man of genius; Wacko Jacko is now, more often than not, dismissed for his bizarre race and gender transformations and confounding antics, even as he is commonly reviled for the child molestation charges twice brought against him. Whence the weirdness and alleged criminality? How to account for Michael Jackson's rise and fall? In On Michael Jackson--an at once passionate, incisive, and bracing work of cultural analysis--Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for The New York Times Margo Jefferson brilliantly unravels the complexities of one of the most enigmatic figures of our time. Who is Michael Jackson and what does it mean to call him a -What Is It-? What do P. T. Barnum, Peter Pan, and Edgar Allan Poe have to do with our fascination with Jackson? How did his curious Victorian upbringing and his tenure as a child prodigy on the -chitlin' circuit- inform his character and multiplicity of selves? How is Michael Jackson's celebrity related to the outrageous popularity of nineteenth-century minstrelsy? What is the perverse appeal of child stars for grown-ups and what is the price of such stardom for these children and for us? ...

  

Nothing Was the Same

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Kay Redfield Jamison

Nothing Was the Same

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2011

Kay Redfield Jamison, award-winning professor and writer, changed the way we think about moods and madness. Now Jamison uses her characteristic honesty, wit and eloquence to look back at her relationship with her husband, Richard Wyatt, a renowned scientist who died of cancer. Nothing was the Same is a penetrating psychological study of grief viewed from deep inside the experience itself. From the eBook edition.

  

Audition

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Barbara Walters

Audition

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2009

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER The most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than fifty years of interviewing heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, and celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life. Barbara Walters's perception of the world was formed at a very early age. Her father, Lou Walters, was the owner and creative mind behind the legendary Latin Quarter nightclub, and it was his risk-taking lifestyle that gave Barbara her first taste of glamour. It also made her aware of the ups and downs, the insecurities, and even the tragedies that can occur when someone is willing to take great risks, for Lou Walters didn't just make several fortunes--he also lost them. Barbara learned early about the damage that such an existence can do to relationships--between husband and wife as well as between parent and child. Through her roller-coaster ride of a childhood, Barbara had a close companion, her mentally challenged sister, Jackie. True, Jackie taught her younger sister ...

  

Mellon: An American Life

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David Cannadine

Mellon: An American Life

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2008

A "Washington Post" and "Economist" Best Book of the Year, this insightful biography chronicles the life of Andrew Mellon, one of Americas greatest financiers. in full color. photos.

  

Robert Altman: An Oral Biography

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Mitchell Zuckoff

Robert Altman: An Oral Biography

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2010

Robert Altman visionary director, hard-partying hedonist, eccentric family man, Hollywood legend comes roaring to life in this rollicking oral biography. After an all-American boyhood in Kansas City, a stint flying bombers in World War II, and jobs ranging from dog tattoo entrepreneur to television director, Robert Altman burst onto the scene in 1970 with M*A*S*H. He reinvented American filmmaking, and went on to produce such masterpieces as McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts, and Gosford Park. In Robert Altman, Mitchell Zuckoff has woven together Altman s final interviews; an incredible cast of voices including Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Paul Newman, among scores of others; and contemporary reviews and news accounts into a riveting tale of an extraordinary life. "

  

The Thing about Life Is That One Day You'll Be

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David Shields

The Thing about Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2009

Mesmerized and somewhat unnerved by his 97-year-old father's vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an original investigation of our flesh-and-blood existence, our mortal being.Weaving together personal anecdote, biological fact, philosophical doubt, cultural criticism, and the wisdom of an eclectic range of writers and thinkers--from Lucretius to Woody Allen--Shields expertly renders both a hilarious family portrait and a truly resonant meditation on mortality. The Thing About Life provokes us to contemplate the brevity and radiance of our own sojourn on earth and challenges us to rearrange our thinking in crucial and unexpected ways.

  

Greetings from Bury Park

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Sarfraz Manzoor

Greetings from Bury Park

Editura: Vintage Books USA

Anul aparitiei: 2008

Sarfraz Manzoor was two years old when, in 1974, he emigrated from Pakistan to Britain with his mother, brother, and sister. Sarfraz spent his teenage years in a constant battle, trying to reconcile being both British and Muslim, trying to fit in at school and at home. But it was when his best friend introduced him to the music of Bruce Springsteen that his life changed completely. From the age of sixteen on, after the moment he heard the harmonica and opening lines to "The River," Springsteen became his personal muse, a lens through which he was able to view the rest of his life. Both a tribute to Springsteen and a story of personal discovery, Greetings from Bury Park is a warm, irreverent, and exceptionally perceptive memoir about how music transcends religion and race.

  
 
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