Voices of Determination

Author: Kevin Chavous
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351297228
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Voices of Determination tells the stories of ten children who overcame extraordinarily difficult circumstances to get an education and end the cycle of generational poverty. It debunks the myth that children are victims of circumstance. In this moving work, Kevin P. Chavous argues that children can and will succeed if the educational system provides them with the opportunity to learn. Many of these narratives depict public schools at their worst. Chavous argues that poor communities routinely hire inexperienced teachers, lack resources, and pass kids along until they drop out. Once out of school, these youngsters quickly find out that they are unprepared for the job market. This, he claims, leads many young people to drift into anti-social behavior and turn to gangs, drugs, and unproductive lifestyles. In addition the narratives in this volume also address such social issues as immigration, bad neighborhoods, poor health care, addiction, and child abuse. Chavous highlights how hope for a better future enabled the children whose stories make up this volume to achieve a better life. There are potential challenges at every stage of a child's development and the adults around them need to be nearby and ready to act effectively. Chavous concludes that the need to strengthen families and to rebuild surrounding communities should be the top priorities for society as a whole.

We Are Afghan Women

Author: George W. Bush Institute
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501120506
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Afghanistan has been described as "the worst nation in the world to be a woman." More than fifty percent of girls who are forced into marriage are sixteen or younger. Too many women live in fear and in many areas, education and employment for women are still condemned. The women featured in We Are Afghan Women are fighting to change all that. From rug weavers to domestic violence counsellors to business owners, educators, and activists, these courageous women are charting a new path for themselves, their families, their communities, and their nation. Told in their own voices, their stories vividly capture a country undone by decades of war and now struggling to build a lasting peace. Meet Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, who ran underground schools for girls until the Taliban fell, and today has established educational centres across Afghanistan to teach women and girls basic literacy. Or Freshta Hazeq, who as a female business owner, has faced death threats, sabotage, and even kidnapping threats against her children. Naheed Farid the youngest female member of Afghanistan's parliament. Masooma Jafari, who started a national midwives association. Her own mother was forced into marriage at age twelve and gave birth to her first child at age thirteen. With an introduction by former First Lady Laura Bush, honorary founding co-chair of the U.S.Afghan Women's Council. We Are Afghan Women chronicles the lives of young and old, daughters and mothers, educated, and those who are still learning. These determined women are defying the odds to lead Afghanistan to a better future. Their eloquent words challenge all of us to answer: What does it truly mean to be a woman in the twenty-first century?

Mach dein Bett

Author: William H. McRaven
Publisher: Riva Verlag
ISBN: 3745300645
Format: PDF, Docs
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Am 17. Mai 2014 wandte sich Admiral William H. McRaven an die Abschlussklasse der University of Texas in Austin. Inspiriert vom Slogan der Universität "Was hier anfängt, verändert die Welt", teilte er die zehn wichtigsten Lektionen, die er während seines Navy-Seal-Trainings fürs Leben gelernt hat. Sie halfen ihm nicht nur, die Herausforderungen im Training und in seiner langen Karriere zu meistern, sondern erwiesen sich auch im Privaten als hilfreich. Er erklärte, wie jeder diese grundlegenden Lehren nutzen kann, um sich – und die Welt – zum Besseren zu verändern. Admiral McRavens ursprüngliche Rede ging viral: Das zugehörige Video wurde auf YouTube millionenfach angesehen. In dem Weltbestseller Mach dein Bett baut McRaven auf den zehn Prinzipien aus seiner Rede auf, erzählt Geschichten aus seinem Leben und berichtet von Menschen, denen er während seines Militärdienstes begegnet ist. Er schildert, wie er sich mit Entbehrungen auseinandersetzte und harte Entscheidungen mit Entschlossenheit, Mitgefühl und Mut traf. Dieses Buch bietet einfache und universelle Weisheiten, praktische Ratschläge und Worte der Ermutigung, die dazu inspirieren, auch in den dunkelsten Momenten des Lebens optimistisch zu bleiben und nach mehr zu streben.

The Nine Day Queen

Author: Ella March Chase
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448117356
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Tudor blood will see her crowned – and lead to her downfall... Lady Jane Grey is the eldest of the Grey sisters. Shy and scholarly she is happier in the company of her sisters, than with the intrigues of court. But as fourth in line to Henry’s throne, Jane is too valuable a pawn not to be played. When her parents’ scheme to wed her to Prince Edward fails, they plan a far more ambitious – and dangerous – move to make Jane Queen...

The Bent Sword

Author: Stephen Gashler
Publisher: Cedar Fort
ISBN: 9781462100095
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Steffin, an imaginative peasant in medieval England, dreams of escaping his dull town and pursuing a life of adventure.

Zwischen mir und der Welt

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Publisher: Hanser Berlin
ISBN: 3446251952
Format: PDF, ePub
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Wenn in den USA schwarze Teenager von Polizisten ermordet werden, ist das nur ein Problem von individueller Verfehlung? Nein, denn rassistische Gewalt ist fest eingewebt in die amerikanische Identität – sie ist das, worauf das Land gebaut ist. Afroamerikaner besorgten als Sklaven seinen Reichtum und sterben als freie Bürger auf seinen Straßen. In seinem schmerzhaften, leidenschaftlichen Manifest verdichtet Ta-Nehisi Coates amerikanische und persönliche Geschichte zu einem Appell an sein Land, sich endlich seiner Vergangenheit zu stellen. Sein Buch wurde in den USA zum Nr.-1-Bestseller und ist schon jetzt ein Klassiker, auf den sich zukünftig alle Debatten um Rassismus beziehen werden.