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The Crisis of the Meritocracy
Britain's Transition to Mass Education since the Second World War
Peter Mandler - 2020-09-11
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Before the Second World War, only about 20% of the population went to secondary school and barely 2% to university; today everyone goes to secondary school and half of all young people go to university. How did we get here from there?The Crisis of the Meritocracy answers this question not by looking to politicians and educational reforms, but to th...
Sam Freedman
2022-07-19T20:54:20.000Z
@Sleek_Otter Best book on the politics of education is Crisis of the Meritocracy by Peter Mandler; on how things work + constitutional stuff Peter Hennessy's Whitehall is a classic; Nick Timmins Five Giants is brilliant on the welfare state.      source
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The Scout Mindset
Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't
Julia Galef - 2021-04-13
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A better way to combat knee-jerk biases and make smarter decisions, from Julia Galef, the acclaimed expert on rational decision-making. When it comes to what we believe, humans see what they want to see. In other words, we have what Julia Galef calls a soldier mindset. From tribalism and wishful thinking, to rationalizing in our personal lives and ...
Sam Freedman
2021-05-07T12:29:27.000Z
Note @davidshor has talked a lot about how education polarisation has realigned things in the States. Similar to here. And @juliagalef's "Scout Mindset" is an excellent book.      source
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Why Don't Students Like School?
A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom
Daniel T. Willingham - 2010-03-14
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Kids are naturally curious, but when it comes to school it seems like their minds are turned off. Why is it that they can remember the smallest details from their favorite television program, yet miss the most obvious questions on their history test?Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham has focused his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitiv...
Sam Freedman
2021-04-17T08:43:07.000Z
It's probably the most influential book in terms of pedagogical thinking in England at the moment (which is pretty divergent from the rest of the world).      source
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The Book of Disquiet
Fernando Pessoa - 2002-12-31 (first published in 1982)
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Fernando Pessoa was many writers in one. He attributed his prolific writings to a wide range of alternate selves, each of which had a distinct biography, ideology. and horoscope. When he died in 1935, Pessoa left behind a trunk filled with unfinished and unpublished writings, among which were the remarkable pages that make up his posthumous masterp...
Sam Freedman
2021-02-17T16:06:33.000Z
@Sime0nStylites @scrapegroat @TomChivers That's such a great book. Pessoa was properly bonkers.      source
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I Am a Strange Loop
Douglas R. Hofstadter - 2008-07-08 (first published in 2007)
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What do we mean when we say "I"? Can thought arise out of matter? Can a self, a soul, a consciousness, an "I" arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the "strange loop"--a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. ...
Sam Freedman
2021-01-25T21:24:44.000Z
@Notsohandsome @teacherhead It changed my whole view of the world. As transcendental as a book can be for an atheist.      source
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The Kindly Ones
A Novel
Jonathan Littell - 2010-02-02 (first published in 2006)
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“Simply astounding. . . . The Kindly Ones is unmistakably the work of a profoundly gifted writer.” — TimeA literary prize-winner that has been an explosive bestseller all over the world, Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones has been called “a brilliant Holocaust novel… a world-class masterpiece of astonishing brutality, originality, and force,” and “...
Sam Freedman
2021-01-25T18:44:36.000Z
@teacherhead I am a strange loop by Douglas Hofstadter Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexevitch The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell.      source
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The Border
A Novel (Power of the Dog)
Don Winslow - 2020-02-04
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ONE OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED BOOKS OF THE YEARNAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY Washington Post • NPR • Financial Times • The Guardian • Booklist • New Statesman • Daily Telegraph • Irish Times • Dallas Morning News • Sunday Times • New York Post "A big, sprawling, ultimately stunning crime tableau." – Janet Maslin, New York Times"You can't ask for mor...
Sam Freedman
2020-12-12T11:40:36.000Z
@najjer1 Didn't even have space for that in this list! Another great book I read this year...      source
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The Cartel
Don Winslow - 2017-09-26
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The New York Times bestselling second novel in the explosive Power of the Dog series--an action-filled look at the drug trade that takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. Book Two of the Power of the Dog Series It's 2004. Ad�n Barrera, kingpin of El Federaci�n, is languishing in a California federal pris...
Sam Freedman
2020-12-12T11:40:36.000Z
@najjer1 Didn't even have space for that in this list! Another great book I read this year...      source
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The Power of the Dog
Don Winslow - 2006-05-01 (first published in 2005)
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Drug lord Miguel Angel Barrera is head of the Mexican drug federación, responsible for millions of dollars worth of cocaine traffic into the US and the torture of those who stand in its way. His nephew, Adan Barrera, is his worthy successor.Art Keller is a US government operative, so determined to obtain revenge for a murdered colleague that his pu...
Sam Freedman
2020-12-12T11:40:36.000Z
@najjer1 Didn't even have space for that in this list! Another great book I read this year...      source
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King Leopold's Ghost
A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
Adam Hochschild - 2020-03-03 (first published in 1998)
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In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million--all the while shrewdly c...
Sam Freedman
2020-12-12T11:39:34.000Z
@kenradical Probably the book I recommend the most (King Leopold's Ghost).      source
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The Biggest Bluff
Maria Konnikova - 2020-06-23
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Kill All Normies by Angela Nagle
Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Ship of Theseus by J. J. Abrams
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
The Quincunx by Charles Palliser