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K. Donckels

California
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  • Weapons of Math Destruction

  • How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
  • By: Cathy O'Neil
  • Narrated by: Cathy O'Neil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating and startling look at where big data is blind

  • By Stephen on 10-02-16

Fascinating and Timely Subject

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Reviewed: 08-23-17

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
  • By: Lou Aronica, Ken Robinson PhD
  • Narrated by: Ken Robinson PhD
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Answer to Why Students Stop Trying

  • By Alison Sattler on 07-21-15

Great Information - Articulated Very Well

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-22-17

Contains great info and stories that are pertinent to anyone engaged in education either as a parent or professional.

  • Teach Like Finland

  • 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms
  • By: Timothy D. Walker
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

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?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Helpful in Encouraging Me in Teaching

  • By ME on 01-25-18

Interesting Insights for Teachers &Parents

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Reviewed: 08-18-17

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Creating Innovators

  • The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World
  • By: Tony Wagner
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous information!

  • By RafikiPaka on 04-16-15

Interesting profiles of young people innovating

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-17

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.

  • Adios, America

  • By: Ann Coulter
  • Narrated by: Ann Coulter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,228

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An alarming look at the future of America

  • By Captain Funky Junk on 03-13-18

Exposes Those Exploiting Broken Immigration System

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-16

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
  • By: Pamela Druckerman
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,367
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,897

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....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Emily - Audible on 04-15-12

Beautiful narration. Interesting perspective .

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-16

Doesn't give advice so much as culture clash adventure in parenting. Fun to listen and consider.