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Stand by, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions


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Stand by, What?: And Life's Other Essential Questions by Ryan James E
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New York Times Bestseller

What, What? is a welcome—and joyful—reminder that true wisdom comes from asking the right questions. Should you read this book? Absolutely.”

Clayton Christensen, bestselling author of How Will You Measure Your Life?

Based on the wildly popular commencement address, the art of asking (and answering) good questions by the Dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Whether we’re in the boardroom or the classroom, we spend far too much time and energy looking for the right answer. But the truth is that questions are just as important as answers, often more so. If you ask the wrong question, for instance, you’re guaranteed to get the wrong answer. A good question, on the other hand, inspires a good answer and, in the process, invites deeper understanding and more meaningful connections between people. Asking a good question requires us to move beyond what we think we know about an issue or a person to explore the difficult and the unknown, the awkward, and even the unpleasant.

In Wait, What?, Jim Ryan, dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, celebrates the art of asking—and answering—good questions. Five questions in particular: Wait, what?; I wonder…? Couldn’t we at least…?; How can I help?; and What truly matters? Using examples from politics, history, popular culture, and social movements, as well as his own personal life, Ryan demonstrates how these essential inquiries generate understanding, spark curiosity, initiate progress, fortify relationships, and draw our attention to the important things in life—from the Supreme Court to Fenway Park. By regularly asking these five essential questions, Ryan promises, we will be better able to answer life’s most important question: “And did you get what you wanted out of life, even so?” At once hilarious and illuminating, poignant and surprising, Wait, What? is an inspiring book of wisdom that will forever change the way you think about questions.

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How is it that, half a century after Brown v. Board of Education, educational opportunities remain so unequal for black and white students, not to mention poor and wealthy ones?

In his important new book, Five Miles Away, A World Apart, James E. Ryan answers this question by tracing the fortunes of two schools in Richmond, Virginia--one in the city and the other in the suburbs. Ryan shows how court rulings in the 1970s, limiting the scope of desegregation, laid the groundwork for the sharp disparities between urban and suburban public schools that persist to this day. The Supreme Court, in accord with the wishes of the Nixon administration, allowed the suburbs to lock nonresidents out of their school systems. City schools, whose student bodies were becoming increasingly poor and black, simply received more funding, a measure that has proven largely ineffective, while the independence (and superiority) of suburban schools remained sacrosanct. Weaving together court opinions, social science research, and compelling interviews with students, teachers, and principals, Ryan explains why all the major education reforms since the 1970s--including school finance litigation, school choice, and the No Child Left Behind Act--have failed to bridge the gap between urban and suburban schools and have unintentionally entrenched segregation by race and class. As long as that segregation continues, Ryan forcefully argues, so too will educational inequality. Ryan closes by suggesting innovative ways to promote school integration, which would take advantage of unprecedented demographic shifts and an embrace of diversity among young adults.

Exhaustively researched and elegantly written by one of the nation's leading education law scholars, Five Miles Away, A World Apart ties together, like no other book, a half-century's worth of education law and politics into a coherent, if disturbing, whole. It will be of interest to anyone who has ever wondered why our schools are so unequal and whether there is anything to be done about it.

Summer League Mailbag: Expectations for the kids, filling the PF spot, inactivity, and more

I’ve landed in Las Vegas for Summer League. It’s a light edition, since it’s a Friday afternoon and all – If you want to catch up on all the previous mailbags (the last two of which touch on the offseason a fair amount), you can find them all here. Before we go ahead: We’ve started a Patreon page at patreon. If you appreciate the content we produce, want to support RR, and have the means to do so, any contribution is greatly appreciated and will help us continue to do what we do (and try to do even more). Summer League. The reality is that we really don’t know much more about DeAndre Daniels now than we did when the Raptors used a second-round pick on him in 2014. After Summer League in 2014, the team stashed him in Perth, where he proved an exceptional rebounder... Around this time last year, he suffered a Jones fracture in his foot that cost him almost the entirety of his 2015-16. He played about 100 D-league minutes, and it was hard to extrapolate anything from them – he was shaking a lot of rust off and... It will be interesting to see how Daniels looks this week. At the end of the D-League season, he still needed to add a lot of weight, particularly in his lower half. He should thrive in the type of transition game the Raptors will play here and there’s still some faith he can become a 3-and-D type combo-forward if he can add bulk. Realistically, he needs a full D-League season before the team takes a look at him for an NBA spot. From the Raptors, I could definitely see Fred VanVleet, Davion Berry, and E. J. Singler getting the call. The Raptors will probably bring in three or four names they want to tab as D-League affiliate players (when you cut a player from the training camp roster but essentially get “dibs” on them in the D-League). The Raptors own the D-League rights to Berry and Singler, anyway, but a partial training camp guarantee can help supplement the minuscule D-League salaries and further entice a player to stay stateside rather than cash in overseas. VanVleet, for example, has already publicly balked at taking a D-League salary, a potential message he’d need the pot sweetened with a small guarantee if he’s going to stay in a system. He’s the non-contract guy I’d have my eyes on most as a Raptors fan. He’s a really intelligent player, a solid multi-position defender, and he improved rapidly in just a month with the 905 at the end of last year. Source: Raptors Republic: ESPN TrueHoop Network Blog

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  • Sun Tan City employee accused of stealing thousands from business

    07/07/16 ,via Lincoln Journal Star

    A 30-year-old employee of Sun Tan City is suspected of embezzling more than $98,000 from the business over the course of seven years. James Ryan was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony theft of more than $5,000. Lincoln Police Capt. Joy Citta 

  • Police: Man embezzled thousands of dollars from employer

    07/06/16 ,via 1011now

    LINCOLN, Neb.-- A 30-year-old man turned himself in to Lincoln Police Wednesday after investigators said he stole between $75,000 and $98,000 from his employer. Police said James Ryan faces charges of Felony Theft by Unlawful Taking, $5,000 or more.


RT @JakeEisenberg_: Spoke to @_BryantBaseball RHP James Karinchak. Said he's sad to see Ryan Fecteau go because, "he's the best pitching co… 07/09/16, @_BryantBaseball
RT @Steel_Curtain4: Ryan Shazier is training out in Arizona with James Harrison. #Steelers 07/09/16, @srees_8
RT @Steel_Curtain4: Ryan Shazier is training out in Arizona with James Harrison. #Steelers 07/09/16, @VictorHG0101


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    chicken, butter, chives, eggs, flour, garlic, parsley, black pepper, rosemary, salt, vegetable oil, water

  • Catfish Saint James

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  • Lenin's Terror

    Routledge. 2016. ISBN: 9780415673969,0415673968. 260 pages.

    This book explores the development of Lenin's thinking on violence throughout his career, from the last years of the Tsarist regime in Russia through to the 1920s and the New Economic Policy, and provides an important assessment of the significance of ideological factors for understanding Soviet state violence as directed by the Bolshevik leadership during its first years in power. It highlights the impact of the First World War, in particular its place in Bolshevik discourse as a source of legitimating Soviet state violence after 1917, and explains the evolution of Bolshevik dictatorship over the half decade during which Lenin led the revolutionary state. It examines the militant nature of the Leninist worldview, Lenin's conception of the revolutionary state, the evolution of his understanding of "dictatorship of the proletariat", and his version of "just war". The book argues that ideology can be considered primarily important for understanding the violent and dictatorial nature of the early Soviet state, at least when focused on the party elite, but it is also clear that ideology cannot be understood in a contextual vacuum. The oppressive nature of Tsarist rule, the bloodiness of the First World War, and the vulnerability of the early Soviet state as it struggled to survive against foreign and domestic opponents were of crucial significance. The book sets Lenin's thinking on violence within the wider context of a violent world.

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  • Paul Ryan Demands ‘Sanctions’ For Hillary Clinton

    07/08/16 ,via Radar Online

    The House Speaker formally requested to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that Clinton be denied admission “for the duration of her candidacy for president,” CNN reported. In the letter sent on Thursday Ryan wrote, “There is no legal ...

  • Pete Carroll compares Carson Palmer to Nolan Ryan

    07/08/16 ,via ESPN

    He's like Nolan Ryan was in baseball. He's going to be able to throw a football ... Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald showed how rigorous Arizona's practices can be, telling defensive coordinator James Bettcher, "You practice so hard you can't wait to get ...

  • Three changes for TJ Ryan's Limerick for Clare qualifier

    07/09/16 ,via

    Condon replaces the red carded O’Brien at corner back in TJ Ryan’s team. The Limerick half back line remains ... (Bruff), Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Declan Hannon (Adare), James Ryan (Garryspillane), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell); Kevin Downes (Na ...


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James Ryan is a South African actor, writer and director.

James Ryan is a South African actor, writer and director.
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