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I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School Hardcover – March 5, 2009
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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a droll personal audit of how much - or how little - of school learning lingers on into later life... it is not only fun to dip into, it is a mine of useful information... It's all there, easily found, clearly laid out The Oldie Amusing but useful... I am not the only one planning to keep it on my desk to avoid any intellectually embarrassing moments The Scotsman This is a fascinating book... it will no doubt be a great source of entertainment around many a dinner table She A fun and witty collection of snippets of information we 'used to know' from school Essentials This is an absorbing volume of familiar facts and figures you may well have forgotten... If the answers are just out of reach, but you know them really, this is the book for you Sainsbury's Magazine It is a fascinating read and you might even learn a few things you missed out on first time around Townswoman Magazine It covers everything we should remember from school but don't The Western Mail could help you connect with your childhood, boost your brainpower and remind your kids just how clever you are Irish News [an] entertaining rag-bag of a book, a sort of cocktail of half-remembered things from your schooldays Birmingham Evening Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Caroline Taggart has been an editor of non-fiction books for nearly 30 years and has covered nearly every subject from natural history and business to gardening and astronomy. She has written several books and was the editor of Writer's Market UK 2009.
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I enjoyed this quick refresher and will likely occasionally pick it back up to keep things "fresh" in my mind.
From language arts to math and social studies, this reference covers all of the basic information that the kids are learning or going to learn. It is an excellent primer for parents when their children are starting a new subject or a great refresher for parents to be able to talk intelligently about the subjects their kids are learning. I think the best part is that when it's homework time, I have a great place to turn for more information so that I can immediately help my child.
The book covers English, literature, math, science, history, geography and general studies; everything an elementary student is going to encounter. The breadth and depth of information also would make this a great reference for tutors and others helping children with their school work.
One great part of me is the math section because I learned many math skills outside the US. When it's time for my son to work on math topics, I have a great reference that talks about the way math is taught in US schools. So, I will not be confusing him with a different method of working through problems.
Overall, I love this reference book and recommend it to all parents and caregivers of school-age kids. It is well written and easy to use.
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