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What's Wrong with Our Schools: and How We Can Fix Them
What's Wrong with Our Schools: and How We Can Fix Them
by Michael C. Zwaagstra
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 31.13
17 used & new from CDN$ 19.94

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential guide to schooling, Nov. 22 2010
First a caution. Although there is no financial involvement, I did provide advice during the writing of this book. However, I would not have done so had I not been very impressed by the initial version.

This is indeed a common sense guide to current elementary and secondary education in North America. It calmly - there is no hyperbole - addresses current issues and illustrates the right and wrong way to go, all consistent with the research where applicable - there are many major issues with which research cannot deal. The book is particularly valuable for parents, many of whom will agree with the authors' conclusions, but fear to raise them with educators. The book will also be useful for those teachers who are not enamored with Deweyan progressivism and the continual sequence of reforms whose main function is to lower educational standards.

Eyewitness Travel Guides Switzerland
Eyewitness Travel Guides Switzerland
by Dorling B Kindersley
Edition: Paperback
23 used & new from CDN$ 0.77

4.0 out of 5 stars Eyewitness Travel Guides, Nov. 22 2010
I recently purchased guides to Switzerland and German and had previously bought one to Sweden. Overall, they are the best tourist guides I have found. Their strengths are twofold. They are the most informative in terms of detailed information about places of interest. They make the places more interesting by the use of lovely illustrations. On the downside, they are weak on practical information for the tourist. Their recommendations about hotels and restaurants are very limited - and give minimal indication of their vicinity. They implicitly assume that every traveler has a car, which is, I suspect, increasingly not the case - particularly in Switzerland with its excellent transport system by train, lake steamer, and bus. For an extended visit, one really needs two guides, Fodor's is a good complement.

The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me To Faith
The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me To Faith
by Peter Hitchens
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but unconvincing, Oct. 12 2010
Peter Hitchens is writing to balance the extreme atheist positions of his brother. He is successful to the extent that he does not attempt to address Christopher's argument in a systematic way. Referring to him on occasion, he writes a parallel text explaining the experience of moving from an atheistic youth to what is apparently orthodox Christianity.

Having myself converted from a Fabian socialist, and atheist background to a state I describe as Christian, I am clearly sympathetic to his cause. However, I am far from orthodoxy. It is the step from acceptance of the truth (the good) of essential Christian teaching, the valuing of the Christian tradition, and the importance of Christian community, to a belief in the historical accuracy of the virgin birth, the miracles, the ascension into heaven, and a personal God (who chooses to answer some prayers but not others in a random and cavalier manner defined by the devout as a 'mystery') that baffles me. Hitchens does not claim to have been saved (converted) in a glorious moment, so even that uninspiring explanation is not given.

The book is part autobiography - I would have enjoyed more - and part rejection of atheism. It is well written and easy to read and likely to appeal to others who have a complex relationship with Christianity.

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