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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

American Educational Research Association Selects Book on Deficit Thinking for 2011 Outstanding Book Award

dismantlingEducational psychologist Richard Valencia’s most recent book, “Dismantling Contemporary Deficit Thinking” (Routledge, 2010), was selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for the 2011 Outstanding Book Award.

“Dismantling Contemporary Deficit Thinking” critiques “deficit thinking,” an approach to student academic failure fraught with racial and class bias that places blame upon the student and his or her background. The deficit thinking approach has existed for almost a century and has been applied to American minority students.

Described as a “superlative treatment” of deficit…

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Book by David Stuart Released on May 17

The_Order_of_DaysDavid Stuart’s new book, titled “The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth about 2012,” was just released by Random House. In this book, Stuart takes a hard look at the frenzy over 2012 and offers a fascinating and accurate trip through Mayan culture and belief.

“The Order of Days” establishes how the idea that the “end of the Mayan calendar,” which supposedly heralds the end of our own existence, says far more about our culture than about the…

Friday, June 3, 2011

“Science Secrets,” Author separates fact from fiction in science history

Alberto Martinez. Photo by Judy Hogan, administrative assistant in the Department of History

Alberto Martinez. Photo by Judy Hogan, administrative assistant in the Department of History.

Legend has it Benjamin Franklin ventured out on a stormy day to fly a kite with a lightning rod and a key dangling on the end of the string. When the lightning struck the kite, the powerful bolt charged the metal key. Franklin then touched the key and got zapped, thus proving the electrical nature of lightning.

It is a captivating story. Yet just as Pecos Bill never…