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Endangered Minds: Why Children Dont Think and What We Can Do about It
Endangered Minds
Why Children Dont Think and What We Can Do about It
Paperback      ISBN: 0684856204
Is today's fast-paced media culture creating a toxic environment for our children's brains?
In this landmark, bestselling assessment tracing the roots of America's escalating crisis in education, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., examines how television, video games, and other components of popular culture compromise our children's ability to concentrate and to absorb and analyze information. Drawing on neuropsychological research and an analysis of current educational practices, Healy presents in clear, understandable language:
-- How growing brains are physically shaped by experience
-- Why television programs -- even supposedly educational shows like Sesame Street -- develop "habits of mind" that place children at a disadvantage in school
-- Why increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder
-- How parents and teachers can make a critical difference by making children good learners from the day they are born
10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College: The Know-How You Need to Succeed
10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College
The Know-How You Need to Succeed
Paperback      ISBN: 1580085245

You'll learn a lot of things in college, but there's one thing the textbooks won't teach you: how to acquire marketable job skills before you graduate.Award-winning college professor and student adviser Bill Coplin has been developing skill-based liberal arts curricula for more than 30 years, and has helped thousands of students get great jobs. Here, he lays down the essential skills you need to survive and succeed in today's job market, based on his extensive interviews with employers, recruiters, human resource specialists, and employed college grads. Going beyond test scores and GPAs, Coplin teaches you how to develop real-world know-how in ten crucial skill groups: Work EthicPhysical PerformanceSpeakingWritingTeamworkInfluencing PeopleResearchNumber CrunchingCritical ThinkingProblem Solving Mastering these 10 THINGS, you'll earn not only your degree but also the skills you need to impress employers and land your dream job right after college. Reviews Coplin's theories are brilliant and dead on. I can't remember the last time someone asked me my GPA or major, but I use parts of these ten skill groups every day in my job at Disney. Jim Gallagher, Senior Vice-President of Creative Advertising, The Walt Disney Company Clear, concise, and complete. The ultimate playbook for college students. Pierre Mornell, author, HIRING SMARTClick for an excerpt featured on Newsweek's website."

The Soul of Education: Helping Students Find Connection, Compassion, and Character at School
The Soul of Education
Helping Students Find Connection, Compassion, and Character at School
Paperback      ISBN: 0871203731

Based on the deeply moving stories and profound questions of students themselves, each chapter responds to the yearnings young people express: Deep Connection, Meaning and Purpose, Silence, Joy, Creativity, Transcendence, and Initiation--each evokes a gateway to inviting soul into the classroom.

Without healthy forums led by responsible adults, young people seek these gateways on their own, sometimes in destructive ways like drugs, sex, suicide, hazing, and even murder. Helping students find constructive ways to express their longings increases their motivation to learn; stay in school; strengthen ties to family and friends; and approach adult life with vitality, character, and vision.

This practical and inspirational sourcebook will support school communities that are committed to preventing violence and alienation and producing responsible, caring citizens.

Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
Other People's Children
Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
Paperback      ISBN: 1565841808

Collected essays, including Skills and Other Dilemmas of a Progressive Black Educator and The Silenced Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People's Children. From her own experience, Delpit argues that all children must be given access to the codes of power that drive society.

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson
Tuesdays with Morrie
An Old Man, a Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385484518

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.

For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.
To Know as We Are Known: A Spirituality of Education
To Know as We Are Known
A Spirituality of Education
Paperback      ISBN: 0060664517

This primer on authentic education explores how mind and heart can work together in the learning process. Moving beyond the bankruptcy of our current model of education, Parker Palmer finds the soul of education through a lifelong cultivation of the wisdom each of us possesses and can share to benefit others.

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble With Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A'S, Praise and Other Bribes
Punished by Rewards
The Trouble With Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A'S, Praise and Other Bribes
Paperback      ISBN: 0618001816

Criticizes the system of motivating through reward, offering arguments for motivating people by working with them instead of doing things to them

The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem
The Power of Their Ideas
Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem
Paperback      ISBN: 0807031135

Teaching the lessons of New York's most famous public school, Deborah Meier provides a widely acclaimed vision for the future of public education. With a new preface reflecting on the school's continuing success.

Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors
Lanterns
A Memoir of Mentors
Paperback      ISBN: 0060958596

Throughout her life and work, Marian Wright Edelman has been at the heart of this cantury's most dramatic civil rights and child advocacy struggles. In this stirring, heartfelt memoir she pays tribute to the extrordinary mentors who helped light her way including Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Fannie Lou Hamer, and William Slaone Coffin. She celebrates the lives of her parents and the great Black Women of Bennetsville, South Carolina- Miz Tee, Miz Lucy, Miz Kate-who gave her love and guidance in her youth, as well as the many teachers and figures who inspired her education at Spelman College and empowered her early as an activist in the 1960's.

Illustrated with many of the author's personal photographs, Lanterns also includes a "Parents' Pledge" and "Twenty-Five More Lessons for Life" to guide, protect, and love our children every day so that they will become, in Edelman's moving vision, the healing agents for national transformation.
Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology
Revolutionary Voices
A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology
Paperback      ISBN: 1555835589

An anthology of stories by gay youth reveal their fears and joyous moments as they attempt to survive and thrive in a homophobic society.