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The Rise Of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
The Rise Of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
by Richard Florida
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Florida for President, July 19 2004
Richard Florida sees clearly what our present leadership does not- our country is in transition and the old rules no longer apply . He systematically shows through his research that cities that are thriving economically, intellectually and culturally are developing around a base of diversity, flexibility and tolerance. Talented people are moving to places that appeal to them and will allow them to reach their potential. He shows the only non-renewable resource is time and the only renewable resource the human intellect. Type his name into Google and you will find pages of growing city planning commissions either listening to him speak or their members quoting his book.
Run, Richard, run!

The School and Community Relations (7th Edition)
The School and Community Relations (7th Edition)
by Don H. Bagin
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give it to Me Straight, July 6 2004
When I first read this book three years ago, parts of it made me uncomfortable. Although sections are very scholarly and texbook-like, such as those which deal with creating a school crisis or communication plan, other parts which address unseemly topics such as community power structures and politics seemed inappropriate and almost tabloidish. Even though I have literally been hit over the head with evidence of the latter during my 23 year teaching career I have always held onto my young teacher ideal that everyone involved in education, from the school board on down, are concerned about the students and would never use the school organization to promote their own agendas or need for power. As one of my professors taught me :"Denial is a strong emotion." On second reading I find this book provides valuable insight into what really makes the school structure tick- the subtle or not so subtle workings and politics between community power brokers and school officials,
between superintendents and school boards, and even between media representatives and school officials. A book I will return to often.

Republic of Strings
Republic of Strings
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5.0 out of 5 stars Around the World with a String Band, July 5 2004
This review is from: Republic of Strings (Audio CD)
This CD showcases the need for successful string musicians and educators to be able to cover many styles and cultures- and opens up the mind of the listener. Featuring cuts of Appalachian, Celtic, Kentucky, African, Mid-East, Finnish, Brazilian and more string styles, the playing and arranging are
superb. Features Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins on Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" and Laurie Lewis on Joni Mitchell's "Help Me." Improves with each listening !

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5.0 out of 5 stars One world, one world, July 5 2004
This review is from: Elephunk (Audio CD)
This CD personifies the melting pot of diversity springing out of the LA music scene. Hip-hop, horn riffs,latin percussion and even a hilarious wedding band take-off of a sax playing Tony Bennett's "How Insensitive." Guaranteed to make you laugh and the miles go by on long car rides. Topped off like a cherry on a sundae with the world anthem "Where is the Love."

On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now And Always Have In The Future Tense
On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now And Always Have In The Future Tense
by David Brooks
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay if you like cynicism and sarcasm, July 2 2004
David Brooks enjoys observing American culture and then dissecting it. He categorizes our population from the inner cities outward- starting with the "hip" inner city dwellers who have "dread-lock envy," one of the few phrases I enjoyed in the book, and onward to the suburbs and the striving of many Americans for the perfect home and lawn. But his book pales after a few chapters, as he denigrates most all of us as being caught up in the "Achieve-atron" machine of materialism and workaholism. He even gets down on high achieving high school kids who are trying to get into a good college or involved in community service, and feels "the burn" many Americans have for a better place in the future contributes to our high divorce rate and constant job changing. I don't know, the times I have been happiest in my life have been when I am working towards a goal- isn't the fact that Americans have this opportunity what makes this the place many foreigners want to live? Too glum for me..................

Straight Women, Gay Men: Absolutely Fabulous Friendships
Straight Women, Gay Men: Absolutely Fabulous Friendships
by Robert H. Hopcke
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars No answers here, July 2 2004
This book seems targeted at age 15 and below. Shared activities between gay men and straight women described in this book include sitting in a tavern and giggling over whether the cute guy at the end of the bar is gay or straight.

Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues
Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues
by Paul Farmer
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Farmer-- the Cassandra Prophet, June 21 2004
Anyone who has traveled to a third world country and viewed the slums and abhorrent conditions millions of people live in,
with no basic sanitation or clean drinking water, will not be surprised by Dr. Paul Farmer's findings regarding the emergence of deadly pathogens in these countries. He ties the spread of AIDS in third world countries to the sex trade,an economic necessity for many young women,men and children, and the easier transmittal of the disease due to untreated STDs. His ethnographic studies of HIV positive women in Haiti, who are more likely to be partners of soldiers or truck drivers, two of the few paying professions in that country, provides another economic link to this disease. Most disturbing are his findings regarding multi-drug resistant tuberculosis,which is often a presenter disease of HIV. An estimated one third of tuberculosis cases in the US occur in someone born outside of the country, and Farmer feels that one third of the world's population harbors the tubercle bacillus, which easily emerges when someone's body is broken down by poor nutrition, other illness or a compromised immune system.
The vignettes of patients he has treated and saved, or was too late to save, place an unforgettable face on these diseases. He attacks arguments against treating third world tuberculosis and HIV as morally unsound and compares the costs of military campaigns against the pittance spent on
drugs that could save millions of lives. Another disturbing book- a worthy winner of the Magaret Mead Award.

Strong Arts, Strong Schools: The Promising Potential and Shortsighted Disregard of the Arts in American Schooling
Strong Arts, Strong Schools: The Promising Potential and Shortsighted Disregard of the Arts in American Schooling
by Charles Fowler
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Handbook for War, June 12 2004
The No Child Left Behind Act lists the arts as a core subject, but many school districts are cutting arts programs in an effort to deal with dwindling budgets and curricular time that is increasingly being devoted to math and reading-the subjects school districts must begin assessing yearly in grades 3-8 beginning in 2005-2006.
Charles Fowler has written an excellent book to combat this
trend. He organizes the book into four parts: Conditions, Justification, Curriculum and Reform. His concise chapters deal with expected issues- the arts as forms of intelligence;and the noted correlation with academic achievement, including detailed charts of SAT scores that show strong evidence that students involved in arts are academically stronger than those not involved. However he goes a step beyond, showing educators examples of schools that integrate the arts in all subjects and the effect this has on attendance, attitude, parent involvement and achievement.
He calls on music educators to step out of the traditional box of band, orchestra and choir, which typically
enroll about 15-20% of a school population, and reach out to all students in a school through cross-curricular and culturally based lessons. He challenges arts educators to include creativity in their daily lessons, rather than just teach towards performance. With many districts getting on the vocational education band wagon, he lists the many opportunities for employment in the arts and the economic impact
of the arts in our whole society. This book is invaluable for any arts educator or administrator that finds themselves in a position of defending or promoting their work in the public schools.

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
by Tracy Kidder
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patria Es Humanidad--the only real nation is humanity, June 11 2004
This is Tracy Kidder's chronicle of Paul Farmer's ongoing quest to wake our consciousness to the plagues coming out of third world poverty and to shake us into recognizing the suffering of our fellow humans around the globe. Paul Farmer is a super-hero on the front lines of infectious disease, attacking drug-resistant TB in Haiti, Peru and the prisons of Russia. His global fight for funding for AIDS and TB treatment has gained his organization Partners in Health huge grants from the MacArthur, Gates and Soros foundations. Farmer backs down from no obstacles in his quest to bring health care, one patient at a time, to the poorest and most down-trodden patients on earth.
A natural leader, his influence has drawn nations together in
their fight against poverty, hunger and disease. This is the most important story Tracy Kidder has told. Farmer's constant questioning of why some individuals need so much wealth, when most of the world goes hungry, is not an easy thing to take.
Should be required reading for high school seniors.

Shake Hands with the Devil
Shake Hands with the Devil
by Romeo Dallaire
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Call for Reform, June 8 2004
Romeo Dallaire's account of his tour of command of the UN Peacekeeping force during the Rwandan civil war and genocide of 1994 is an incredibly detailed document of the failure of the UN's ability to function in this capacity. In charge of troops from Belgium, Ghana, Bangladesh, Senegal and Tunisia, Dallaire found himself working with varying levels of
training, committment, loyalty, and vast communication problems brought on by language barriers.
In addition to struggling with UN red tape to get adequate food and water for his troops, let alone the refugees he attempted to shelter, Dallaire's ability to react to the slaughter around him was tied to committee meetings back in New York. He was told not to take sides, and his patient attempts to negotiate with Tutsi and Hutu leaders while driving back and forth through an ever deepening sea of blood and bodies,
speaks of his bravery and self-control. At one point he gets out of his vehicle and walks through a roadblock to find a Hutu leader in an attempt to stop the violence, and describes hearing guns being cocked all around him.
Hopefully this momentous book will cause the UN to examine its peacekeeping capacities. Currently countries in need, such as Haiti, wait while governments around the world debate who is to take responsibility and whether or not they wish to get involved. Could not the UN develop its own peacekeeping force; multi-national troops that are trained and outfitted together; taught to communicate and on the same page with their current mission? Rwanda is but one extreme example of a system that is not working, as Dallaire sub-titles his book: "A Failure of Humanity."

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