Book Reviews

An Interview with Neal Mc Cluskey: Coal and Not Oil?

Thursday, Jun, 09 at 10:40 am,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – The book is about the ways in which climate change alarmism has crept in – or should I say invaded? – numerous policy areas beyond science and the environment.

Book Review: Nurture Shock

Wednesday, Jun, 01 at 8:40 pm,

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman Michael F. Shaughnessy Eastern New Mexico University Portales, New Mexico I took me quite a while to read this book. I am not sure if [...]

An Interview with Jamie Dickerman: First Book Dreaming Out Loud

Friday, May, 27 at 3:43 am,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – Every day of my life gave me ideas for my first book, “Dreaming Out Loud.” It is based on the lessons I have learned in life, the struggles I have overcome, and the dreams I still have faith in–despite circumstances.

An Interview with Judy Young: A Pet for Miss Wright

Monday, May, 23 at 11:07 pm,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – My newest book is A Pet for Miss Wright, about an author. She’s lonely writing her stories in her quiet office so she decides to get a pet. But not any pet will do.

An Interview with Ayn Marie Samuelson and Bea Davis Fowler

Wednesday, Apr, 27 at 11:36 am,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – Exposing the Public Education System: Understanding & Transforming the Failure of Education’s Political Bureaucracy is a book that explains how public education has failed us all…

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

Saturday, Apr, 16 at 1:26 pm,

The Death and Life of the Great American School System was wildly hailed as author and education critic Diane Ravitch’s dramatic about-face on No Child Left Behind, charter schools, and school choice. What’s missing from this sensational take is that Ravitch has changed her mind only about school reform tactics, and not about what constitutes good schools, or about her top priorities in fostering them.

Filler Up

Monday, Apr, 04 at 12:11 pm,

Some of the brightest, most interesting people I’ve every taught or studied have been girls in their teens. Several have been prodigies whose talents have inspired me with awe and wonder. In many cases the talents and abilities of these youngsters has gone unrecognized.

Ending the Struggle Session: Author Beverly Eakman on How to Overcome Group Manipulation Tactics.

Tuesday, Mar, 22 at 10:25 am,

On the radical left, group manipulation tactics are a time-honored means of reaching a desired political outcome by marginalizing the opposition. They are also a means of maintaining power once it is achieved and of marginalizing dissidents. The tactics of group manipulation have been used to great effect by the totalitarian socialist regimes of the 20th century.

The Influence of Teachers

Saturday, Mar, 19 at 8:45 am,

Kenneth J. Bernstein – Teachers can never declare “Missions Accomplished,” because they are a bridge, not an endpoint, for all the boys and girls (and men and women) who come into their lives . . . .

An Interview with Aaron Nigel Smith: In a Book or A Video?

Tuesday, Mar, 08 at 1:53 am,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – Video media is a good way to spread a simple message to a broad range of people. Television has been used as a tool to teach fundamentals concepts to children for many years. In the tradition of Sesame Street I’m hoping to use the video medium to show kids how much fun reading a book can be.

An Interview with David Kirp: Kids First

Thursday, Feb, 24 at 10:53 am,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – My experience as a member of the 2008 Presidential Transition Team, where I was working on education policy, prompted me to write Kids First.

Why Schools of One Are Our Future

Thursday, Feb, 24 at 9:16 am,

A. Graham Down – Too Simple to Fail, a new book from Oxford University Press, is a review of thirty years of research into how children learn. The author, R. Barker Bausell, a biostatistician in the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland, has come to the conclusion that classroom instruction is hopelessly obsolete, and that the answer to the deficiencies of our educational system is the tutorial model.

Experts warn of danger posed by school text

Wednesday, Feb, 23 at 11:16 am,

Jewel Topsfield A book of gruesome short stories is being taught to 13-year-olds at schools, prompting adolescent health experts to warn it could encourage vulnerable teens to self harm.

Islamic Antichrist? See the book Glenn Beck raves about

Saturday, Feb, 19 at 10:32 am,

Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck today said Americans should be alarmed over the revelations of a WND Books release, "The Islamic Antichrist," in which author Joel Richardson documents the similarities between the "bad guy" of the Bible, the Antichrist, and the "good guy" of the Quran, the Mahdi.

An Interview with Dr. Diane Pomerance: Going to the Dogs?

Wednesday, Feb, 16 at 11:46 am,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – What children learn about animals has a great deal to do with what they are taught by their parents, care-givers and teachers. If their parents teach them to respect and appreciate animals, it is very likely that the child will become compassionate and concerned about his fellow creatures and our planet.

An Interview with Ann Hodgson: Lifelong Learning in the United Kingdom

Friday, Feb, 11 at 11:54 am,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – Policy in England is still evolving, but early indications suggest that there is a move to a more divided system for 14-19 year olds, with greater divisions between academic and vocational study and earlier specialisation.

An Interview with Barker Bausell: Too Simple To Fail?

Tuesday, Feb, 08 at 11:02 am,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – My original impetus for writing the book was a theory of school learning which gradually formed based upon my own and others research and festered in the back of my mind like a low grade irritant over the years.

Teaching 2030: an important book on teaching by teachers

Saturday, Feb, 05 at 12:45 pm,

Kenneth J. Bernstein – In all of the public discourse of what we need to do to fix public schools and educate our young people for the future, one set of voices has until now been conspicuously absent. It is the voices of teachers.

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