The overall content of the book is decent with the battle with the teachers union, charter and public schools, rubber rooms, and race to the top. It seems like we all heard about this before.
We might have bad education, but no matter how good is the school or how poor is their neighborhood, it's up to the parent to be on top of their kids. Like, "What did you do in school today?" "Did you do your homework, show me your work?"
I really think that parents nowadays, relies on schools and teachers so much that they don't pay any attention on what their kids are doing in the classroom. No matter what the school is like, it's up to their parents to stay on top on their children by being involved.
If a single mom is from the ghetto and her kids are going to a crappy school, if education was important to her, she would make sure that her kids are doing their work no matter if she is home or not. She might have to work two or three jobs, but she will make sure that they are at home, doing their work and getting the grades. We hear about these kinds of story all the time, single mom, poor, and her children becomes much more successful because of their parents.
Then, you have the other side. Wealthy kids going to a good school and becoming underachievers because their parents are not involve.
Charter schools, Private schools, Seed Schools are not the answer. Just because they get in, does not mean success, if their parents doesn't get involve.
Charter schools can kick out students for any reasons. They might not meet the test score, gone. Causing too much trouble, gone. Having a mental disability, gone. The same goes for teachers and most them are on an year by year contract and that put even more pressure on them to succeed, or they are gone.
We as an whole, don't value "education" like we used to.
Education has become an accessory, not a necessity.
"Trustee from the Toolroom" is my first introduction of Nevil Shute. It's about an engineer going out to sea, to rescue his in laws that left for more prospect future. There is a lot more to the story, but that is the main plot. I really enjoyed Nevil Shute's writing. He wrote in a time where life was much simpler and neighbors helping each other.
I don't think that this story could had been told by most authors today because we are being raise up in a different era. Instead of asking our neighbor if they can help us with a flat, we would rather call roadside assistance because out of convenience. The days where you talk to your neighbors are over.
"Trustee from the Toolroom" is a humble story about a man that has a great adventure out in the sea, getting beckon to a rescue call and getting anchored on the promise land.
Most of the reviews that I've read so far, "Terms of Enlistment" is supposed to be a science fiction military thrill ride, but other than the network and aliens, it's just another grunt story. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book, but I don't really consider this to be science fiction. There is no real plot, just a lot of military jargon to be brave. More like future day boot camp in a revise version of Full Metal Jacket. Marko Kloos is an enjoyable author. I would read the next installment in the Frontlines series, but its not really sci fi. More like with high tech gadgets fighting the aliens.
There is no man in space in "Red Moon Rising." It's all about Soviet Union and United States and the race to space. It took me longer than I expected to finish this book. The information was interesting from a historical aspect, but it also became boring at times. Too much politics and not enough science to the rocket.
The book should had taken me less than a day to finish, but I wasn't too excited to continue on, and I force myself to read more.
It seems like that they lighted a match on a rocket to launch the satellite.
This one was a dud.
The last book in The Strain Trilogy is like watching an vampire episode on CW. I'm surprised that FX bought the rights to the show and not the frog network. Neediness to say, I was very disappointed in "The Night Eternal." It seems like that the series lost steam and just became another vampire story with a treasure hunt for the lost book. The dialogue didn't fit the action and I was hoping for a lot more.
I really liked the first two installments from Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, but the last passage was a complete let down with a bad ending. This could had been my summer read to break up the same books that I've been reading all year long, but I was disappointed in "The Night Eternal."
It became somewhere in the middle of Anne Rice and Ayn Rand. Somewhat too Gothic and too much ideological nonsense.
I couldn't handle neither of it. It's too bad because I really liked the beginning and the middle of The Strain Trilogy a lot, but the end did not hold up on its own.
Whenever I eat at buffets, I never go for the fillers. I always fill up my colon with the good stuff. I'm really digging the Strain Trilogy and the second book is better than the first. "The Fall" is a different story from the first book. Instead of being action pack, this book tell us more of the story, which I really like. It almost feels like a diversion from the main plot and getting you ready for the end.
It gave me a break from the vampires, sucking up bloods and made my mind defer to somewhere else in their layers. Very complex beings and I cannot wait how it ends. I already bought the last book and debating if I should read something else to give myself a break, or just charge it. I think the reason why I like the second book better than the first because there is a slight side story of science fiction with the space station.
I decided to start on "The Strain Trilogy" because of much fan fair from my friends. I'm not into vampires because most of the books that I heard of are gear to teens and I'm not into blood sucking heartthrobs or underage girls with short skirts. No time to ruin my brain and I'm way past my puberty.
Unlike other vampires that I heard of, the vamps in "The Strain" seems to be more real. Instead of teen vamps, these vampires are more like the terror in "Blade."
Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan attempted a horror series that has yet to scare me, but I'm only through the first book. It didn't scare me per say, but I wanted know more about the vampires who drank the rats and how the CDC is getting involve.
I don't see the vampires cohabiting with the humans, but in the first book so far, it hasn't been a blood bath either. The first scene of the book is pretty creepy and rad regarding the plane. That scene really caught my attention to read more.
I just hope that FX doesn't screws up the show when it debut this summer.
When my grandma passed away, I was very sad, but when I was at her service and seeing her dead corpse in her casket, I was wondering how did they do that. This is not a joke. I'm not trying to be funny, but I always had this morbid fascination about the bodies after they pass. How do they get them so life like after they drain them? Ever since I went to "Bodies, The Exhibition", I thought that was the coolest thing that I have ever seen. People donating their bodies to be display for science..
Mary Roach's approach in "Stiff" is an easy and light explanation on cadavers. It is funny and witty, but informational also on how the body is being preserved after they die for donors, funeral homes and etc. I'm slightly jealous that the author got to see the cremation process for her book.
This book is certainly not for everyone. At some parts in the chapters, I had to pause because I was getting grossed out, but this book was all that I expected on how they prepared my grandma for her passing.
Throughout my years at being an member of Audible, I have a fair amount of books on World War II in my library. Between my friends and I, we pretty much read everything on Hitler's regime and the battles that was won and lost. There is not too much out there that has already been told.
"The Last Battle" by Cornelius Ryan was just okay. After reading so much on this war, there is very little new detail that interest me anymore. It was an important history of time that we should be more aware of, but the information is somewhat disjointed and already been told elsewhere.
If you are looking for more in depth information on the Third Reich, read "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich." That book rocks as far as what you need to know and what you should have known already. I just have to assume that most readers have yet to read William L. Shirer's book, because I don't agree most of the positive reviews for Cornelius Ryan.
I wished that was more books out there about the people during this horrific period of time, other than the "Diary of Anne Frank." Just because I've studied this part of history so much, I didn't find "The Last Battle" that good. Read William L. Shirer instead. It has over 40 more hours of vast information on Hitler's dictatorship.
When I was reading "Consider the Fork", I truly thought that Bill Bryson was the author, but I needed to look back to the cover that Bee Wilson wrote this book about the kitchen and the tools that we use to eat and cook. This is one of my favorite informational books that I've read all year because not only she explains the utensils that we use to feed ourselves, but Wilson also went into the culture where it came from. It was like a kitchen anthropology and how the room revolved overtime. I wished that there was more audiobooks from Bee Wilson because I found her information to be really interesting and not overwhelming at all. This is not a cook book, but it's more like an encyclopedia on the most popular room in any homes.
A few years ago I was watching The Colbert Report and he was interviewing this author that wrote "The Righteous Mind." Since Audible had this title as one of their daily deals, I decided to give it a try because it is something that I would read. After finishing the book, I still don't have a clue at what Jonathan Haidt was trying to prove. He doesn't have a clear thesis to his argument of why people are divided by politics and religion. None of his examples didn't make sense to me. At some point in the audiobook, I always see the direction that that author is going and follow the path, but with this one, I went missing after the first few hours. I just didn't get it. I even rewatched the interview with Colbert to figure out what I was missing and I still feel this one was way over my head.
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