On the surface The Raging Ones is a story about knowing the date of one’s death and the effects that has on a society. Yet, in truth, this novel is more like a classical science fiction space opera. While I was not expecting this, it was much appreciated. It is hard to talk to much about the plot without giving too much away, so I will stop.
This novel is well written. I had a hard time putting it down and when I read I was swept away. The world was well defined with it being build up throughout the story, when appropriate. The characters were all real and unique. Although, their connection to each other was difficult to read at times I thought the writers did an excellent job describing and not over relating.
The plot was grasping right up to the end of the novel. I both hated and loved how it ended. I did not truly come to terms with it until I knew that it would not be a stand alone novel. It truly felt like a new take on classic science fiction that was just short of being one of the great novels. I look forward to reading more of Krista and Becca Ritchie.
I cannot remember why I added this book to my long to be read pile, all I know is that I am so glad that I did. This book is powerful in a way that so few books are able to achieve. It is a fictional account of two sisters who found their voice to fight against slavery. In the process they found they also had to fight for the right to fight and unintentionally helped found the feminist movement.
This book is historical in nature. Yet, the themes that it represents are still needed in our current day. Slavery may be outlawed, but African Americans have the police called on them just for being black. Women are 'equal,' except we still receive lower pay, less opportunity, and still must fight for a voice.
The Invention of Wings is also about the personal struggle to find one's place in the world. It is about the struggle with God. It is about what it means to be human. It is about accepting others, despite their difference from yourself.
The writing is beautiful. The characters are brilliant. I am left wondering how I have not read Sue Monk Kidd before now, yet grateful that I have started.
Rating **** (4 stars) Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education breaks apart assessment into three main sections. It looks at what has worked in the past by analyzing what evidence and practice has shown to be effective. It also analyzes the stakeholders in educational assessment with a strong emphases on executive administrators and faculty. Lastly, it looks to where assessment of higher education is headed.
While this volume self professes not to be a handbook of assessment, it is a guide through the history and best practices of assessment as seen through the NILOA members. It is a fairly complete work that adds to the assessment literature by bringing multiple components into one collection, expanding on those components, and analyzing them in a clear and concise way.
However, until the last chapter the inclusion of staff is non-existent despite touching on items that may commonly be done by staff. Yet, the very reasons why departments utilization of staff to support assessment efforts were touched on the support role was not brought to be part of the conversation.
While this work is more theoretical than applied it does bring to light common difficulties and many less talked about aspects of the practicalities of higher education assessment.
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