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K. Donckels

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  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Cathy O'Neil
    • Narrated By Cathy O'Neil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (1034)
    Story
    (1036)

    We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly the decisions that affect our lives - where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance - are being made not by humans but by mathematical models. In theory this should lead to greater fairness. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. Tracing the arc of a person's life, O'Neil exposes the black-box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society.

    Laurent Bourgault-Roy says: "More are US social problems that WMD"
    "Fascinating and Timely Subject"
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    Delves into the discipline of meta data mining performed by computer algorithms in laymen terms.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lou Aronica, Ken Robinson PhD
    • Narrated By Ken Robinson PhD
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (361)

    Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education, and his 2006 TED Talk on the subject is the most viewed in the organization's history. Now, the internationally recognized leader on creativity and human potential focuses on one of the most critical issues of our time: how to transform the nation's troubled educational system.

    Alison Sattler says: "The Answer to Why Students Stop Trying "
    "Great Information - Articulated Very Well"
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    Contains great info and stories that are pertinent to anyone engaged in education either as a parent or professional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Timothy D. Walker
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (39)

    Finland shocked the world when its 15-year-olds scored highest on the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a set of tests touted for evaluating critical-thinking skills in math, science, and reading. That was in 2001; but even today, this tiny Nordic nation continues to amaze. How does Finnish education - with short school days, light homework loads, and little standardized testing - produce students who match the PISA scores of high-powered, stressed-out kids in Asia?

    Kelly says: "Finland...lets go!"
    "Interesting Insights for Teachers &Parents"
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    A lot of common sense that I wish could be implemented here. Frequent breaks for kids. Minimal homework. Teachers are there to teach, not be the family's social worker, nor counselor.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tony Wagner
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (223)

    In this groundbreaking book, education expert Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators.

    RafikiPaka says: "Fabulous information!"
    "Interesting profiles of young people innovating "
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    The profiles of people starting and working in business and education are the best parts. The social innovators' success were inclusive and vague about what would even be considered success.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adios, America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1154)

    Ann Coulter is back, more fearless than ever. In Adios, America she touches the third rail in American politics, attacking the immigration issue head-on and flying in the face of La Raza, the Democrats, a media determined to cover up immigrants' crimes, churches that get paid by the government for their "charity," and greedy Republican businessmen and campaign consultants - all of whom are profiting handsomely from mass immigration that's tearing the country apart.

    Todd is cool says: "Compelling analysis"
    "Exposes Those Exploiting Broken Immigration System"
    Overall

    Very well researched and interesting. Now, more relevant than ever, especially the chapter on H-1B visa hiring.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pamela Druckerman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2908)
    Performance
    (2525)
    Story
    (2509)

    The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

    Emily - Audible says: "Inspiring"
    "Beautiful narration. Interesting perspective ."
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    Doesn't give advice so much as culture clash adventure in parenting. Fun to listen and consider.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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