The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing–But You Don't Have to Be

By Anya Kamenetz

No faster is a toddler strolling and conversing than the ABCs and 1-2-3s fall down to the full-on alphabet soup: the ERBs, the OLSAT, the IQ, the NCLB for AYP, the IEP for ELLs, the CHAT and PDDST for ASD or LD and G&T or upload and ADHD, the PSATs, then the ACTs and SATs—all designed to evaluate and display screen a child's readiness for schooling. in lots of public faculties, scholars are spending as much as 28% of educational time on trying out and try prep.
Starting this yr, the creation of the typical center kingdom criteria Initiative in forty five states will carry an unheard of point of recent, more challenging, and longer crucial exams to almost each school room within the state as much as 5 instances a year—forcing our nationwide checking out obsession to a situation element. Taxpayers are spending extravagant cash on those tests—up to $1.4 billion in line with year—and over the top checks are stunting children's spirits, including rigidity to kinfolk existence, and slowly killing our country's destiny competitiveness. but however, we nonetheless wish our youngsters to attain off the charts on each attempt they take, in simple institution and past. And there'll be loads of them.
How will we defend house for self-directed studying and improvement, whereas additionally asking our youngsters to make the rating and make a mark? This e-book is an exploration of that limitation, and a technique for the way to unravel it.
[]iThe Test[/i] explores both sides of this problem—where those assessments got here from, why they're right here to stick, and finally what you as a guardian or instructor can do. It introduces a suite of thoughts borrowed from fields as various as video games, neuroscience, social psychology, and historical philosophy to assist young children do in addition to they could on exams, and, simply as vital, tips to use the event of test-taking to do larger in lifestyles. Like Paul Tough's bestseller How kids Succeed, it illuminates the rising technology of grit, interest and motivation, yet takes a step additional to discover options in education—emerging suggestions to the over-testing crisis—that aren't widely recognized yet that you should adapt this day, at domestic and in class. And it offers the tales of households of all types who're maneuvering inside and past the present academic procedure, enjoying and profitable the trying out online game. You'll research, for instance, what invoice Gates, a powerful public proponent of trying out, does to stoke self-directed interest in his kids, and the way Mackenzie Bezos, spouse of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and mom of 3, creates individualized studying stories for every of her children.
All mom and dad wish their childrens to achieve success, and their colleges to convey real possibilities. but those objectives are frequently as prone to bring about rigidity and arguments as real development. The Test is a e-book to assist us take into consideration those difficulties, and eventually, movement our personal teenagers in the direction of the long run we need for them, from effortless to highschool and past.

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The Embedded Librarian: Innovative Strategies for Taking Knowledge Where It's Needed

By David Shumaker

Here is the 1st accomplished survey of the starting to be perform of 'embedded librarianship' a strategic version for putting info pros into partnerships with the contributors and dealing teams that rely on their wisdom and services. David Shumaker seems to be at implementations in all kinds of companies, identifies the features of winning embedded librarians, and explains how info pros in public, educational, college, scientific, legislations, and different really expert library settings are utilizing embedded librarianship rules to reinforce their paintings and careers.

In demonstrating the price of data execs to a vast variety of knowledge-intensive tasks, The Embedded Librarian is a vital booklet for managers and bosses occupied with crew construction. additionally, its wealth of useful insurance and research, case stories, templates, and workouts make the booklet a useful source for library institution scholars, training librarians who ponder whether an embedded function is correct for them, and present embedded librarians who are looking to be prepared for brand new possibilities during this intriguing sector of library work.

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ServiceStack 4 Cookbook

Over 70 recipes to create net providers, construct message-based apps, and paintings with object-relational mapping

About This Book

  • Create quickly, testable, maintainable net APIs utilizing the fully-featured framework in .NET
  • Integrate ServiceStack so as to add pace and straightforwardness for your internet applications
  • Step-by-step recipes that concentrate on fixing real-world difficulties utilizing ServiceStack

Who This e-book Is For

If you're a .NET developer who's trying to find a less complicated approach to construct prone, this can be the publication for you. it's going to enable you to write quick, maintainable APIs which are a excitement to take advantage of and continue ranging from the database to the buyer and every little thing in-between.

What you'll Learn

  • Quickly create quickly, testable, and maintainable internet companies with ServiceStack
  • Integrate ServiceStack with current ASP.NET frameworks equivalent to MVC and SignalR
  • Render HTML utilizing Razor and MarkDown along with your ServiceStack services
  • Implement unit and integration checking out in your internet API to reinforce caliber and compatibility
  • Work along with your SQL database of selection utilizing ServiceStack's ORM, OrmLite
  • Leverage the rate of Redis to scale your internet API

In Detail

Building internet providers is a fancy job as each language and framework has its personal structure, which isn't effortless to investigate. ServiceStack makes it effortless to create internet companies and construct applications.

This publication covers quite a lot of themes from easy improvement and preliminary setup utilizing the ServiceStack framework to extra complicated recommendations corresponding to integration with different well known .NET frameworks. it is going to provide help to construct your prone and also will provide help to be certain your internet API's caliber with step by step recipes that exhibit you strong unit checking out and integration trying out styles. additionally, you will tips on how to entry your SQL database with velocity and straightforwardness utilizing ServiceStack's object-relational mapping framework, OrmLite.

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The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories

By William J. Bennett

Accountability. braveness. Compassion. Honesty. Friendship. endurance. religion. every body acknowledges those characteristics as necessities of excellent personality. to ensure that our youngsters to improve such qualities, we need to supply them examples of fine and undesirable, correct and mistaken. And the easiest areas to discover them are in nice works of literature and exemplary tales from background.

William J. Bennett has accrued countless numbers of reports in "The publication of Virtues, " an instructive and encouraging anthology that might aid youngsters comprehend and boost personality -- and support adults train them. From the Bible to American historical past, from Greek mythology to English poetry, from fairy stories to fashionable fiction, those tales are a wealthy mine of ethical literacy, a competent ethical reference element that may support anchor our youngsters and ourselves in our tradition, our historical past, and our traditions -- the assets of the beliefs through which we want to dwell our lives. whole with instructive introductions and notes, "The publication of Virtues" is a publication the entire family members can learn and luxuriate in -- and study from -- together.

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How to Study as a Mathematics Major

By Lara Alcock

Each year, hundreds of thousands of scholars claim arithmetic as their significant. Many are super clever and hardworking. notwithstanding, even the easiest will come across demanding situations, simply because upper-level arithmetic consists of not just autonomous research and studying from lectures, but in addition a basic shift from calculation to facts.

This shift is hard however it don't need to be mysterious -- examine has printed many insights into the mathematical pondering required, and this e-book interprets those into useful suggestion for a scholar viewers. It covers each element of learning as a arithmetic significant, from tackling summary highbrow demanding situations to interacting with professors and making solid use of research time. half 1 discusses the character of upper-level arithmetic, and explains how scholars can adapt and expand their present talents with a purpose to strengthen stable knowing. half 2 covers examine talents as those relate to arithmetic, and indicates sensible techniques to studying successfully whereas having fun with undergraduate life.

As the 1st mathematics-specific learn advisor, this pleasant, sensible textual content is vital analyzing for any arithmetic major.

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Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (3rd edition)

By Howard E. Gardner

Clean retail-like PDF

First released in 1983 and now on hand with a brand new advent through the writer, Gardner's trailblazing booklet revolutionized the worlds of schooling and psychology by way of positing that instead of a unmarried form of intelligence, we have now several--most of that are overlooked via ordinary checking out and academic equipment.

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Python Penetration Testing Essentials

Employ the facility of Python to get the simplest out of pentesting

About This Book

  • Learn to realize and keep away from a number of kinds of assaults that positioned the privateness of a method at risk
  • Employ useful methods to penetration trying out utilizing Python to construct effective code and at last retailer time
  • Enhance your innovations approximately instant functions and knowledge collecting of an internet server

Who This booklet Is For

If you're a Python programmer or a safety researcher who has simple wisdom of Python programming and wish to benefit approximately penetration checking out with the aid of Python, this ebook is perfect for you. whether you're new to the sector of moral hacking, this e-book should help locate the vulnerabilities on your procedure so you are able to take on any form of assault or intrusion.

What you are going to Learn

  • Monitor the Ethernet IP and TCP site visitors over the network
  • Explore instant site visitors with the aid of numerous programs
  • Perform instant assaults with Python programs
  • Check stay platforms and distinguish among the working procedure and prone of a distant machine
  • Broaden your options in pentesting correct from the fundamentals of the client/server structure in Python
  • Gather passive info from an internet site utilizing computerized scripts
  • Perform XSS, SQL injection, and parameter tampering attacks

In Detail

This booklet is a pragmatic consultant that indicates you the benefits of utilizing Python for pentesting with assistance from distinctive code examples.

We commence via exploring the fundamentals of networking with Python after which continue to community hacking. subsequent, we delve into hacking the appliance layer the place we commence with accumulating details from an internet site. We then flow directly to recommendations concerning web site hacking corresponding to parameter tampering, DDoS, XSS, and SQL injection.

By interpreting this booklet, you are going to study varied innovations and methodologies that would familiarize you with the paintings of pentesting in addition to developing automatic courses to discover the admin console, SQL injection, and XSS attack.

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MCAT Physics and Math Review for MCAT 2015

By Princeton Review

Get every thing you must ace the Physics and Math fabric at the new MCAT examination! Designed particularly for college kids taking the longer, harder examination debuting in 2015, The Princeton Review's MCAT PHYSICS AND MATH evaluate features:

Everything you must recognize For a excessive Score:
· entry to our on-line scholar instruments portal for up-to-the-moment details on late-breaking AAMC adjustments to the exam
· In-depth assurance of the not easy physics and math themes in this very important test
· Bulleted precis sheets of physics formulation and constants for speedy review
· Full-color illustrations, diagrams, and tables
· an in depth thesaurus for convenient reference
· Strategic information and potent test-taking techniques

More perform Than Ever:
· three full-length perform assessments online
· End-of-chapter perform questions
· MCAT-style perform passages
· exact solution reasons for each perform question

In MCAT PHYSICS AND MATH evaluate, you'll achieve mastery of themes like:
· MCAT 2015 Basics
· Kinematics
· Mechanics
· Fluids and Elasticity of Solids
· Electrostatics
· electrical energy and Magnetism
· Oscillations and Waves
· Sound
· gentle and Geometrical Optics
And extra!

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School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

By Michelle Davis

School good fortune for children With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders offers mom and dad and academics of scholars with behavior disease, oppositional defiant illness, temper issues, or different emotional and behavioral issues the innovations they should support those childrens conquer their struggles and locate luck at school. in keeping with the studies of psychologists and educators operating with teenagers with those problems, this booklet offers support for kids desiring to regulate their emotional outbursts and methods to coach little ones to observe, assessment, and alter their behaviors.

The chapters conceal themes like handling the study room, facing struggles with homework, picking from innovations equivalent to outing or restraint to regulate habit, assisting youngsters advance self-advocacy techniques and independence, and making plans providers and lodgings for those problems. The ebook additionally contains a number of instruments for fogeys and lecturers to breed and use instantly to assist their scholars with emotional and behavioral difficulties triumph over their demanding situations.

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