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The Stone ManThe Stone Man by Luke Smitherd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Found this title through the Amazon Lending Library. The premise was interesting, so I gave it a shot. Well written and suspenseful, it hooked me in from the very beginning. I like how the author switches narratives throughout the story, going from first person accounts of what happened to third person towards the end. It had me guessing how it would turn out, and I admit the solution wasn't what I was expecting, which helped make me enjoy this book A LOT!

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The Common Core demands students think critically while staying connected and diving into text, yet employers desire workers who can think creatively, connect with people, and dive into their work. David Coleman has made it clear that students are expected to read like a detective while most employers expect their workers to read with perspective.

There is a significant difference between critical thinking and creative thinking…

Creative thinking is divergent, critical thinking is convergent; whereas creative thinking tries to create something new, critical thinking seeks to assess worth or validity in something that exists; whereas creative thinking is carried on by violating accepted principles, critical thinking is carried on by applying accepted principles. Although creative and critical thinking may very well be different sides of the same coin they are not identical (Beyer, 1987, p.35).

The Common Core’s emphasis on text-based learning is misguided and ignores the multimedia realities of media-rich 21st century working…

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