Math books – Mente Encendida Wed, 25 May 2022 22:03:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Math books – Mente Encendida 32 32 Summer books for freshmen tackle social issues Wed, 25 May 2022 07:11:57 +0000

As new freshmen take advantage of summer vacation, many will also open open books that their institutions have asked them to read before classes start. Summer reading assignments, known as common books, differ at each institution, but are all meant to stimulate discussion about current events when students arrive on campus.

This year, as in recent years, many institutions are choosing books that address issues of social justice, especially racial inequality. At Siena College in New York, freshmen must read Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boysa novel based on the true story of abuse at the Dozier School for Boys in Jim Crow, Florida.

Michelle Liptak, a first-year seminary professor at Siena, said the faculty committee chose the book in 2020 for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years.

“We’re very committed to choosing text that addresses current issues,” Liptak said. “And so, given what was going on, particularly with regard to the Black Lives Matter movement, we wanted to choose a book that was about injustice and race. We narrowed it down to five tracks, and The Nickel Boys was one of them.

The 925 members of the new freshman class will discuss the book in their freshman seminars and, depending on the professor, write an essay or take a quiz about the text.

The college also plans to bring in Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist at the University of South Florida, to discuss her work examining the unidentified bodies of boys who attended Dozier School and went missing, said Britt Haas, another professor who leads a year-long first seminar. The faculty members who teach the book all try to make it relevant to today’s world, she said, although they approach it in different ways.

“The common thing is that’s the basis of the discussion,” Haas said. “It varies hugely, not just the assignment, but even the conversations we have in class. They’re all certainly about issues of racial justice – how far we’ve come and how far we need to go in terms of balancing racial justice. But all teachers do different things with the book.

At Goucher College in Maryland, students must read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Lacks was an African-American woman whose cancer cells became, without her knowledge or permission, the source of the first human cell line to be bred indefinitely for use in medical research.

Isabel Moreno-López, associate provost for undergraduate studies, said summer reading is the first component of each student’s four-year exploration of race, power and perspective, a key part of the Goucher’s basic program. Although the college typically chooses a social justice-related book for its 300 freshmen, this year’s selection is unusual because it crosses so many disciplines, she said.

“Usually books that deal with social justice, race and power fall under the humanities,” Moreno-López said. “But it’s a book that can be studied in the natural sciences, because it’s about medicine. At Goucher, we support this reading requirement across all divisions, and this book is ideal for that.

Moreno-López said the book should spark conversations about ethics in medicine, since Lacks cells have been used for cancer research without his consent, as well as racism in medicine and medical research. The fact that Skloot is white could also lead to a discussion about the imbalance between the number of white and black authors represented in the publishing industry, Moreno-López said.

All first-year students will attend a group discussion about the book at the start of the fall semester, which aims to start conversations about the book throughout the term. If the students aren’t participating in the group discussion, Moreno-López said, she’ll seek them out for a one-on-one conversation about the text. Students are also required to write an essay and upload it online for their freshman seminars.

At Seton Hall University in New Jersey, freshmen will be required to read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. The book chronicles the founding of Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law firm in Montgomery, Alabama, and the case of one of its first clients: Walter McMillian, a young black man who was sentenced to wrongfully died for the murder of a young white woman whom he did not kill.

just mercy is a wonderful and timely choice, one that aligns with our mission and DEI goals and inspires young adults as they embark on their career paths,” said Nancy Enright, University Foundation Program Director. “The themes of justice, mercy, overcoming racial prejudice, community and faith in relation to social justice are closely linked to these similar themes which are an integral part of the core. Seton Hall University’s core curriculum is a general education approach that encourages students to become thoughtful, caring, communicative, and ethically responsible leaders with a commitment to service.

Kelly Shea, associate professor of English and director of the Seton Hall Writing Center, said just mercy was the clear summer reading pick for the second straight year. The book makes it easy for teachers to conduct group conversations, she said, and classes can also compare and contrast the book and the film, which was released in 2019.

About 1,500 freshmen will read the Seton Hall College Life Course Book, a one-credit seminar designed to help them acclimate to college life and connect with peers and members of the faculty. Additionally, Reverend Forrest Pritchett, Senior Provost Advisor on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is organizing a trip for faculty, students, staff and alumni to visit the Equal Justice Initiative headquarters. from Stevenson to Montgomery.

Smith College in Massachusetts asks freshmen to read an offer from one of the colleges: The Book of Form and Void by Ruth Ozeki, former student and teacher of English language and literature. The novel is a coming-of-age story that focuses on grief and other topics, allowing teachers to lead discussions on consumerism, mental health, family dynamics, work stress, family chosen and more.

Jane Stangl, dean of the freshman class, said Smith chose the book because it resonated with the goals of the freshman experience.

Although Smith does not require students to read the summer book, he strongly encourages them to do so. The college’s freshmen number about 650, and Stangl estimates that about two-thirds of them will read Ozeki’s book. One obstacle could be the length of the book; at more than 550 pages, it is considerably longer than the previous year’s texts and could challenge students, Stangl noted.

“The book is a quality writing powerhouse,” Stangl said. “Yet we also want our students to read the book. In previous years, we’ve tended to steer clear of what might seem daunting, but the quality and intimacy of the writing is so digestible that we felt it was worth it.

Other institutions, including the University of California at Berkeley; Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania; Spelman College in Georgia; and Binghamton University in New York, do not require students to read a book during the summer, but they do recommend a book or a selection of books for new students.

Binghamton, part of the State University of New York system, suggests freshmen read Weapons of Mathematics Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neill. Kelli Smith, assistant vice president for student success, who oversees the university’s common reading experience, said this year’s book was selected for its focus on issues of race and inequality.

“The [book selection] The committee also felt that the book had the advantage of addressing issues of inequality more broadly than some of the other books reviewed this year,” Smith said.

Smith said Binghamton faculty will coordinate discussions among freshmen – who number more than 3,000 – during the first week of classes. The university also encourages all professors to incorporate the book into class discussions, she said.

Other summer book selections this year include:

  • Cancer journals by Audre Lorde, assigned to the University of Moravia
  • What I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, editing by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, assigned to the University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Clara and the sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, assigned to New York University
  • Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Communityedited by Susan E. Keefe, assigned to Appalachian State University
  • They called us enemies by George Takei, assigned to Bucknell University
  • The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, assigned to Saint Michael’s College
  • Dig by AS King, assigned to SUNY Oswego
Florida school district seeks alternative to bans for disputed books Mon, 23 May 2022 10:52:00 +0000

The big story: Florida school districts have faced an increasing number of challenges for the books on their shelves. Several have deleted titles while taking a closer look at what’s inside.

Some officials have pushed back on the idea of ​​letting a group of parents (or other Floridians) make decisions about which books the children of other parents might read. They have taken measures such as placing the contentious items behind the counter, where students must bring a permission slip to access them.

The Pasco County school system is the latest to consider a process that allows individual choice for each family. Superintendent Kurt Browning says he hopes to have something in place for the next semester. Learn more here.

Hot topics

Graduation Season: Meet the valedictorians and salutatorians of Pasco County. • Some high schools in Sarasota County and Manatee had to change their graduation times due to bad weather, reports the Herald-Tribune. • Some parents at a Lake County high school argued their children should get a new graduation ceremony after a downpour interrupted the event, WKMG reports. • Zander Moricz was told not to talk about his LGBTQ activism during his graduation speech at Pine View School in Sarasota County. He found another way to get his message across, reports the WWSB.

Climate change: The Miami-Dade County School District plans to hire a sustainability officer to help it transition to 100% clean energy, reports WLRN.

Culture Wars in the Classroom: As states, including Florida, pass stricter instructional laws on issues such as gender and race, many teachers are struggling to follow the rules, Hechinger reports.

Superintendent’s turnover: Applications have started pouring in for the position of Orange County School District Superintendent, reports WKMG. • The Brevard County Charter Review Commission has proposed making the school district superintendent an elected position, reports Florida Today.

Manuals: The Lee County School District has disputed a whistleblower’s claims that it overpaid for the textbooks, Business Observer reports. • The Citrus County School District changed its selection of math textbooks after the state rejected the district’s top choice, reports the Citrus County Chronicle. • The Brevard County School District has avoided a purchasing problem as its math textbook selections, originally on the state’s rejection list, have now been approved, Florida Today reports.

Teacher, employee salary: The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties is offering incentives to attract preschool teachers, reports WKMG. • The Polk County School District will raise its minimum wage to $15 on July 1, reports WFTS.

Other school news

Six elementary schools in Pasco County have new principals. Retirements and transfers fuel the changes.

Why would a Lee County principal sleep on the roof of his school? He lost a bet with his students, which is why, reports WPLG.

A Monroe County high school was nearly empty after threats of violence circulated in the community. Another round of threats surfaced a week later, Florida Keys Weekly reports.

Marion County schools expect an influx of thousands more students as building developments increase. The neighborhood doesn’t have enough seats to accommodate them, reports the Ocala Star-Banner.

A Miami-Dade County high school is cutting its nationally recognized dance program. Students and families are battling the move, reports WTVJ.

From the police blotter… A Miami-Dade County private school bus driver has been arrested for lewd and lascivious conduct against an underage student, the Miami Herald reports. • A Gilchrist County teacher has been arrested on six felony sex charges, reports Main Street Daily News.

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Top 10 Airways Aviation Books – Airways Magazine Sat, 21 May 2022 18:21:37 +0000

DALLAS – The best aviation books to read to become a pilot can vary depending on your reading preferences. Although guides and manuals are always necessary, there are other aviation publications that can help you along the way.

What you need to learn to become a pilot will vary depending on the type of pilot you want to be. Professional pilots will need to complete two main areas: physics and math. Knowing the ins and outs of each aircraft you fly is necessary for a private pilot certificate.

From basic textbooks to memoirs and biographies, your next AV read should keep you captivated from the first page to the last chapter. Let’s take a look at some of the best possibilities.

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Staff and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying

The fundamentals of flight have not changed in the nearly 80 years since this book was created. It exemplifies the practice of flight as an art form. Wolfgang Langewiesche wants those interested in aviation to understand what happens to pilots while they fly; it is therefore a fantastic introduction for those looking to improve their flight.

This book explains a wide range of accurate descriptions of the phases of flight, and Langewiesche does so in language so that everyone can understand what pilots are actually accomplishing in the cockpit. This entertaining and informative book can benefit both new and experienced pilots.

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Weather Flying

Robert Buck is an experienced pilot who wanted to help other pilots understand the weather they encounter in the air. Dynamic weather conditions can change throughout the flight, and this book will teach you how to handle these changes safely.

When traveling in all weathers, protect yourself and your passengers while remaining confident. This FAA-recommended book can help pilots at any point in their career.

Boeing 777-9x folding wingtip. Photo: Boeing

fly wing

Fly the Wing is essential reading for anyone considering a career as a professional pilot. It’s a wonderful tool that any pilot can use to help with their training. Ideas and suggestions maintain the conversational approach of this easy-to-read book.

When you finish this book, you will have a better understanding of what it takes to be a professional pilot.

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The Thinking Pilot’s Flight Manual

Do you want to dive a little deeper into the world of aviation? After completing your flight training, the Thinking Pilot’s Flight Handbook is one of the best aviation publications you can read. When you have this option at your disposal, satisfying your passengers is simple.

Get the information you need in more areas of aviation. Rick Durden, an experienced aviation law teacher, tackles common aviation myths in this excellent read. If you liked the previous volume, The Thinking Pilot’s Flight Manual: Volume 2 is much better.

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Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

This guide, published by the FAA, lays the foundation for the knowledge required to obtain a private or commercial pilot license. The manual, abbreviated PHAK, includes all the subjects you need to know thoroughly to pass the aeronautical knowledge component of the knowledge exam and the practical exam, or check ride.

This book covers everything from flight equipment to weather theory, aerodynamics, aircraft systems, airports and navigation.

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The next hour

In this book, former FLYING editor Richard Collins tackles the seriousness of flying with the right mindset. Navigating any difficult circumstance in the air is the mark of being a skilled pilot, so Collins helps you prepare as much as possible by reading the anecdotes and practical advice Collins gives from a lifetime of flying .

The first-hand knowledge in this book is unmatched for pilots at every stage of their aviation career. Collins’ latest book also recalls the tale of when he recognized it was time to stop flying as a captain, which is a fantastic lesson for all pilots.

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The Wright Brothers

David McCullough, the famous biographer, takes a long look at one of the most well-known but often misunderstood group of brothers to the world outside of aviation. If you want to learn more about the first powered flight of an airplane, this is one of the greatest aviation books to read, whether you’re a pilot or an aviation fan.

McCullough delves into fresh source material to piece together the story of the Wright brothers and their journey to the maiden flight in Kill Devil Hills. It’s hard not to admire their determination, especially considering the dangers they faced in developing a functional heavier-than-air aircraft.

Ernest K. Gann writing workshop. Photo: By Pi3.124 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Fate is the Hunter: Memoirs of a Pilot

Ernest Gann’s stories are unique because he was a fighter pilot as well as an early commercial pilot. Commercial aviation has come a long way, but Gann lets you experience what it was like to fly in the 1930s. His vocabulary conjures up the sights and sounds of early airliners such as the Douglas DC-3.

Pilots aren’t the only ones who enjoy Fate is the Hunter, and although it’s one pilot’s memoir, its simple language appeals to everyone.

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Fly Girls: How five daring women defied odds and made aviation history

You don’t have to be a woman or an aviation enthusiast to appreciate what these women went through to get to the skies. These women were unafraid to speak out in a male-dominated industry and they helped ensure that the women who followed them could fully explore their potential in aviation and as pilots.

Among the stories are those of Florence Klingensmith, Ruth Elder, Amelia Earhart, Ruth Nichols and Louise Thaden, who excelled in piloting and then transferred their skills to other areas of aviation.

Five Mexican pilots who attended Moissant Aviation School, seen here in 1914. Left to right: Alberto Salinas Carranza, Gustavo Salinas Camiña, Juan Pablo Aldasoro Suárez, Horacio Ruiz Gaviño, Eduardo Aldasoro Suárez. Photo: Creyes – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Wings: a history of aviation, from kites to the space age

Tom Crouch, Curator Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, walks you through the lives of some of aviation’s greatest pilots and more. Without their contributions, aviation would not be what it is today. It beautifully presents the stories of amateurs and specialists, leaving you with a clear idea of ​​how far you’ve come.

We think these titles are great reads, packed with relevant information and stories that anyone looking for aviation books would find worthy of their time.

Do you have any other books not mentioned in this list that we missed? Be sure to let us know on our social media channels!

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]]> Children’s Books Ireland offers hundreds of new books for school libraries Fri, 20 May 2022 10:38:55 +0000
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Applications are now open for the Children’s Books Ireland Book Donation Projects 2022-2023, offering schools across Ireland the opportunity to receive hundreds of books for their school library, lesson sets to keep for their pupils, author and illustrator visits, and more.

These book donation projects focus on needy or disadvantaged schools. They provide equal opportunities for students to read great books, bring artists into the classroom virtually or in person to boost their reading enjoyment, and support teachers with resources to promote reading for enjoyment and creative engagement with books.

Children’s Books Ireland is particularly interested in schools that are already making efforts to promote reading for fun and diversity and inclusion with the limited resources available to them. There are many packages on offer and their team will endeavor to match the winning schools to the most suitable project.

What can schools receive?

  • Hundreds of new, great, and varied books for your school library
  • Class sets that students can own and keep
  • Visits from well-known Irish children’s authors and illustrators
  • Resource packs and bespoke classroom materials
  • Training and support from dedicated Children’s Books Ireland staff

Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children’s Books Ireland, said:

“We love working with schools to create excitement around reading and to select brilliant books that will appeal to all types of readers, from the reluctant to the avid. We know that these libraries have an immediate impact on the students who receive them as well as lasting positive change for students for years to come.

Maria Boyne, Director of Holywell ETNS, Swords (participants in the 2021 Every Child A Reader book donation project – photo), said:

“We at Holywell are delighted to have been selected to receive the ‘Every Child A Reader’ library. This brilliant collection of books reflects the diverse and inclusive nature of our school and will give our students the chance to find themselves in a book. This will help us further develop the reading culture in this school and help every child become a reader. We sincerely thank Children’s Books for this incredible opportunity and look forward to working with them.

Applications for these book donation projects close on Friday, June 10, 2022 at 5 p.m. All primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are invited to apply. Applications are assessed on their particular needs and ambition for the projects, with successful schools notified by the end of September 2022.

Link to apply:

More information about Children’s Books Ireland’s 2022-2023 book donation projects can be found on their website at, or by contacting a member of their book donation team directly at bookgifting

For media enquiries, contact: Claire Hourihane (087 324 04560)


Springfield Public Schools are giving students free books this summer Thu, 19 May 2022 23:27:56 +0000

At least 3,600 Springfield kindergarten and first graders will get a surprise this week: their very own bag of books.

In addition, up to 800 children entering kindergarten this fall will receive a school readiness kit, complete with books, this summer.

Superintendent Grenita Lathan, an avid reader, championed the gift in a bid to ensure every young learner had their own books to read at home during the long summer vacation.

“I still believe that students need…real physical books,” Lathan said.

The school board agreed. In late April, he approved the district’s plan to donate $146,837 to Scholastic Education for literacy bags and kits.

“Students will go home with books,” Lathan said. Next year, the district plans to expand the giveaway to other grade levels.

Lathan also announced that beloved book character Clifford the Big Red Dog will be visiting the district’s summer program, Explore. It will help encourage students to read, attend class regularly, and demonstrate good citizenship.

From left, Mar'ek Fuller, Ashdon Jasper and Logan Draves, first graders at Westport Elementary, look at the books that were distributed by Springfield Superintendent Grenita Lathan on Wednesday.

Ben Hackenwerth, executive director of learning supports and innovation, said Lathan is passionate about giving children access to books.

“It’s also about equity, making sure every child, regardless of socioeconomic status, has books in their hands,” Hackenwerth said.

This week, Lathan, Hackenwerth and others visited elementary schools to distribute the bags.

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