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Reclaiming Our Schools: The Struggle for Chicago School Reform (A Campion Book)
Reclaiming Our Schools: The Struggle for Chicago School Reform (A Campion Book)
by Maribeth Vander Weele
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book On How To Provide Proper Reforms American Education!, August 4, 2012
This is an insightful book that concentrates on the urban schools in Chicago by a person who not only is qualified to critique what she found, but is part of the solution for all American Schools.

Everyone from the students to teachers to administrators to ACLU to Bill Gates are looking to reform the American Educational System. How reforms can become the process of improving public education.

It is well known the actual goal is to achieve true minute enhancements in schooling because it is so important to America's future success in a global economy.

As we know, even at the founding of our nation Third Grade Schooling was mandatory due to being as Jefferson described it, "A Democracy Is Dependent On A Well-Educated Electorate." In my opinion, this is what the author was seeking to explain as she described the obstacles to overcome in our inner cities schools.

There is no question; history has proven from empire to empire that great education have large social returns, in health, wealth, and well-being.

In history, each realms' education restructurings have taken different forms because the stimuli of reformers have differed under changes in society as the climb and fall.

The Author explains how reducing cost to students and society is by no means the sole answer, but actually how we spend the money on our children must be carefully controlled according to necessary resources, and above all making sure such assets, resources, and learning supplies are always accountable from responsible administrators, teachers, and political powers.

What the author is pointing out is education is extremely expensive but the wealthy are always ready to foot that tab for their children, but balk if Public Schools are given more money to increase innovations intended to lower the cost in the long run.

The author addresses the nonrepresentational, thoughtful comebacks to even the questions about educational corruption among each social power group that makes up our schools, and continue to ask for bigger budgets without results for personal pockets of profits and pensions.

The author, Ms. Vander Weele academically condenses huge aggregates of facts into comparatively few required principles to search for a step by step pathway to communicate commercially useful topics, by making sure instruction start with making sure the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic have to be master on the lower levels to succeed at the higher levels.

Yet, school resources and supplies often impede these goals due to egos, corruption, power grabs, and personal goals not in tune for the children and the parents that often ignore their children needs.

The book is an easy read, written in a beautiful style that can be understood on any educational level.

Current Students enrolled in Education Doctorate Programs should use this unique reflection to create New Thesis on each of Ms. Vander Weele's subject problem areas within her book.

I highly recommend this book for every Teacher, Administrator, Politician, and especially anyone or any organization seeking to provide systems to adequately reform America's Inner Schools and Schools in General.

ESPN College Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Game
ESPN College Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Game
by Michael MacCambridge
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Few Detailed Facts Are Wrong!, June 9, 2008
The book is a good reference but not as accurate as the Internet or Google today. For example, the book has the wrong information on what College actually put numbers on Football Jerseys. According to the History of American Football and Sports Illustrated in 1908, Karl Davis, at the time publicity man for the University of Pittsburgh, first put numbers on college football jerseys.

Davis used that good old sales pitch, "One cannot tell the players without a program!" He quickly added to this service the refinement of switching the numbers each week due to Davis having the program concession. Davis thus became a double pioneer in player numbering and in "dynamic obsolescence". Both inventions have come a long way since.

When I see such errors, I wonder how many other facts the author got it wrong or just did sloppy research. Anyway, the Internet Age has made such books obsolete and mistakes unimportant since they can be corrected easily today with easy research.

Steeltown U.S.A.: Work and Memory in Youngstown
Steeltown U.S.A.: Work and Memory in Youngstown
by Sherry Lee Linkon
Edition: Hardcover
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Of A Grand City & The People Who Made America Great!, November 10, 2002
What a superb book about a little known but renowned town known as Youngstown, Ohio. The text provides the history of this noble town from its founding to its growth to its impact upon the globe.
Youngstown became the center of the Steel Industry between Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago where it help out building the modern world. It was at one time the largest producer of Steel. The authors explain how the town attracted people from all over the earth. How it became the cradle of middle class values created by the practice of hard work, smart thinking and support of family with the opportunities produced by the establishment of the steel and related businesses.
It also depicts how Youngstown became the border town between New York and Midwest based crime families fighting over turf, gambling and other vices that affluence often attract. At one time, Youngstown was known to be an open town where anyone on the run could be protected if they knew who to pay for sanctuary without judgment of deeds. The money from Youngstown used to bet on local sports to college to pro sports actually contributed to building Las Vegas. The region was only second to gambling behind Las Vegas from 1940 to 1990.
At the same time, the book explains how this great city and region was weaken with the subsequent loss of over 50,000 steel jobs. How it had to experience the loss of such jobs, tax revenues and opportunities. Yet, the town and people persevere in the face of such losses. In the 1950's two families in the name of DiBartolo and Cafaro were the largest builders of Shopping malls in America and based in Youngstown. Today, new businesses actually set up in Youngstown's suburb of Boardman before going national just to test the market place.

What few know is Bruce Springteen wrote the lyrics to "Youngstown" based upon interviews in this book. I highly recommend you take the time to read this exquisite book written by two great authors and about a town and its people known as Youngstown, Ohio. A grand town because of its people and how they influence the world in so many ways explained in volume in this book.

The Undiscovered Paul Robeson , An Artist's Journey, 1898-1939
The Undiscovered Paul Robeson , An Artist's Journey, 1898-1939
by Paul Robeson
Edition: Hardcover
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Radiant Man Of Courage, Talent And Spirit!, June 17, 2001
What an outstanding book about a dazzling man that can only bring pride to every American, joy to anyone hearing him sing, and praise knowing his full life story.
The book finally shows that Paul Robeson is an icon far beyond his time. He could have lived just the good life based on his talents in academics, entertainment and sports. Robeson earning a comfortable life of opulence with his talents his first 40 years only to give it away to stand up to the injustices he saw in America and the world. He practice when you are given much in life you must give back even more and he did losing much for his show of valance.
If you ever heard the English words of the Soviet Anthem sung by Robeson, you understand the meaning of justice in life. It must be remembered that this was when Russia along with Ghandi in India were opposing Nazi Germany in Spain, Fascist Italy in Ethiopia and Colonialism in Africa and Asia.
Robeson was for equality, fairness and civility. They opposed Fascism, Colonialism and Racism just like many came to do in the West, but at a much later date. Robeson never accepted the atrocities of Stalin and indeed never met him. In fact, many of Robeson's friends in Russia were actually purged and murdered by Stalin.
Consequently, by becoming the most popular singer in Russia in 1930's and supporter of Russia against Hitler in the 1940's actually branded you an archenemy of America in the 1950's. A terrible sad situation but very true. In the end, this yeoman of ability and audacity was wrongly put on many blacklists that forced his legend into the entertainment and political dump heap of oblivion.
Later there is no doubt that the courageous deeds of Paul Robeson only spawn the acts of Dr. Martin Luther King. These same people led the changes in America that were required so opportiunbities for all replaced the discrimination of the many. The same thing can be said to have happen in Russia when Stalinist's policies were finally exposed for the treachery and exploitation to enslave minds instead of freeing them. The book proclaims the costs of calling real heroes traitors for seeking to oppose the power of such tyranny.
Paul Robeson is to be admire as much as any person in America. He is my favorite singer and after reading this book you will see few men could equal his talent and even fewer his grit. I highly recommend this book and hope it in made into a movie.

Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text With Exercises
Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text With Exercises
by Bryan A. Garner
Edition: Paperback
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enlighten Reformer Improving Writing For All!, April 10, 2001
Bryan Garner is a beacon of light in a profession over wrought in using formal vain communications. I was able to review this book at a Writing Seminar led by the author. He is reforming the way all people should communicate and his lectures are sincerely admirable.
The author teaches a, "Can Do Style," of encouragement. I came away concluding the old method of learning by rote is failing. English Teachers are excellent in explaining the rules of good grammar. But terrible on coaching children in applying the rules for skillful writing. I am not concluding all English Teachers deserve blame here. Teachers simply restate how they learn grammar
Likewise, ideal teaching avoids faultfinding personal attacks as much as possible. Human nature prompts one to avoid parents or teachers or practicing embarrassment is the road to success. Instead, the author urges that all writing should make the reader feel smart.
The legal profession is a victim of what they read. The most insecure judges, lawyers and law clerks often wrote to display their education. Today, the best lawyer will use plain English to convince others of the merits to his argument. Success and confidence draw near by making anyone feel they are smart because they accept you. Using large words makes one think about the words they do not know above your alluring reasoning.
Bryan Garner's primers along with practicing his techniques will change you into a stronger writer, lawyer and person. You will not regret spending the money on Bryan Garner's books and seminars. The goal is to make everyone feel smarter by reading what you write! What better way to change the world by touching people with your thoughts to words to deeds!

Passages of Marriage
Passages of Marriage
by Frank Minirth
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blaming You Or Your Spouse Is Futile After Reading The Book!, January 6, 2001
This review is from: Passages of Marriage (Paperback)
This is must read for anyone in marriage, contemplating marriage or caring about someone close to them who is going to be married.
The book outlines in detail how the system of marriage affects each person during the marriage more so than each individual's personalities or pet peeves.
How many times have you heard, "He Is Not The Man I Married" or "She Changed After We Married." Well, the book goes into detail about these fallacies of blaming each other when actually veiled events are impacting the marriage far more than each can notice.
The book outlines how the passages, passions and practices of marriages end up changing one another. And how you can prepare for the changes and understand those happenings. By doing so you can focus on the uncertainty those circumstances bring and not reproach each other.
It highlight the danger signs per year and per episode. For example, explaining how the first, fourth and seventh year of a marriage is affected by simple time and personal adjustment.
Or how when a child affects the marriage at the same time career concerns impacts upon it. How one is never certain they will find happiness in or out of marriage as one life's seems to be pasting away without personal goals being met. These are just a few examples of how the book delves into such subjects that are hard to define as they occur.
Everyone tends to think it themselves or their spouse who has confined them into a life of less expectations. However, the book explains it is the Passages and Practices of Marriage. The blame lies within the system not the person in most cases. One can deal with such practices and passages when they are forewarned on what to expect.
I have observed that, Mistresses Are Treated As Princesses Until The Bloom Is Off The Rose. While Wives Feel They Are Ending Up Prisoners Until The Companionship Of Retirement In Old Age Becomes Reality. There is nothing worse than observing the break up of a family as each spouse blames the others while ignoring all the danger signs of the passages of marriage.
Over 50% of America ever experiences these events even fewer live to enjoy a fruitful and mutual secure marriage. Yet, if you and your spouse take the time to read "Passages of Marriage," you will discern yourself, your spouse and your marriage better than anything you ever accomplished.
The only remedy I have ever encountered in learning about marriage is working in Domestic Relations. There you end up with the somber view marriage is a huge risk that can't be taken with carelessness. But this book shows just how and when to expect and avoid the pitfalls that occurs in every marriage from rich (Princess Diane) to poor, educated (Einstein) to street smarts and to fault to no fault.
Do yourself a favor, either read the book or buy it for one you care about, either way you will benefit. Nevertheless, each spouse or fiancee` must read the book or its value is worthless.
Compromise, mutual understanding and common goals along with this book will enhance your relationship. Condemnation will only makes excuses that are later to be found flawed in you or the ones you really love.
Our society's emotional and economic health is dependent upon the success of each marriage and the fruits they cultivate. We should salute those who can achieve such status and for those who need help, read this book!

Vamps & Tramps: New Essays
Vamps & Tramps: New Essays
by Camille Paglia
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glimpsing At A Brilliant Woman Of Substance In History!, December 21, 2000
Camille Paglia is simply dazzling from her quick wit to her sound speech given with liquid speed. I have admired her courage to speak out, her insight into social changes and her keystone character keeping her two feet on the ground at all time.
These Essays are easy to criticize if they are not understood to be a reflection that describes the essence of her personality, celebrity status and solid substance.
The author is controversial because she reads what she talks about. Camille studies the subject matter she selects to analyze. And is fearless in the face of the pseudo intellectual political correct demagogues. Few are brave enough to challenge her for she will expose the failures of soiled social engineering trying to replace individual freedoms.
Few people on earth have her abilities, insight and particular way of thinking that can be understood by all ages and educational levels.
This is why models who think they are smart because they slept with smart men hate her. Why media created celebrities of less educational credential despise her. And how many simply tune her out because she approaches topics they refuse to read, hear or comprehend.
Ms. Paglia without intention makes them look small. In short order they realize they can neither keep up and will eventually be embarrassed because of her brilliance. Nonetheless, she does so in hopes of educating the many regardless of the backbiting of the few.
I highly recommend this book without reservation if you want a brief glimpse of one of the most outstanding woman in all of history.

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk
Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk
by Peter L. Bernstein
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book To Learn About The History Of Risk, Insurance & Gaming!, April 8, 1999
What a fine well researched and accurate book on risk taking, oddsmaking and gambling. A must for people interested in exploring the history of gambling, gaming and risk taking.

It is a chronicle that delivers a novel sounding book with the Greek truth-seekers to today's supercomputer creation developing various means of judging, learning, and controlling risk.

The author grasps and then shares with us a complete, sophisticated and methodically pleasant tour through history by outlining specific philosophies and histories of the worlds' greatest math pioneers, philosophers and scientists.

This is not what you expect but you will find it far more enjoyable, interesting and a blessing to learn about the various ways of gaming, risk and oddsmaking developed from theories to testing, to practice, to analysis, to today's methods of measuring risk and gaming.

Mr. Bernstein is one great writer, author and researcher to our benefit if you read his book. One of the best books ever written.

Also recommended: History of Gambling

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