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New Arrivals - Social sciences and languages

Designed to ensure a similar level of job and college preparedness for students from all backgrounds and regions, the Common Core standards have been adopted in various states from coast to coast. These new common standards are designed to bring many diverse state standards into alignment with each other in math and English to create a set of national educational standards. This book explains the new set of standards, what it means for students, and how parents can get their children prepared for the school year.

"In Twee, journalist and cultural observer Marc Spitz surveys the rising Twee movement in music, art, film, fashion, food and politics and examines the cross-pollinated generation that embodies it?from aging hipsters to nerd girls, indie snobs to idealistic industrialists. Spitz outlines the history of twee?the first strong, diverse, and wildly influential youth movement since Punk in the ?70s and Hip Hop in the ?80s?showing how awkward glamour and fierce independence has become part of the zeitgeist"--From publisher description.

Describes the evolving changes to campaign financing in the United States over the past ten years and discusses the potential impact that ultra-wealthy benefactors, greedy consultants, and secret donor summits will have on upcoming elections.

"... a visionary argument that our current crisis in government is nothing less than the fourth radical transition in the history of the nation-state. Dysfunctional government: It's become a cliche. And most of us are resigned to the fact that nothing is ever going to change. As John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge show us, that is a seriously limited view of things. In fact, there have been three great revolutions in government in the history of the modern world. The West has led these revolutions, but now we are in the midst of a fourth revolution, and it is Western government that is in danger of being left behind. Now, things really are different. The West's debt load is unsustainable. The developing world has harvested the low-hanging fruits. Industrialization has transformed all the peasant economies it had left to transform, and the toxic side effects of rapid developing world growth are adding to the bill. From Washington to Detroit, from Brasilia to New Delhi, there is a dual crisis of political legitimacy and political effectiveness"-- Provided by publisher.

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