Gordon Eldridge

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (1,031 of 1,134)
Location: Brussels, Belgium
In My Own Words:
Reading is one of life's great pleasures.

History, Languages, Literature, Food and Wine, Hiking


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,906 - Total Helpful Votes: 1031 of 1134
Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instr&hellip by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
The book is divided into two sections. The first describes how to implement the author's view of what a data-driven school looks like. The second section outlines a fairly comprehensive professional development plan for leaders so that they can become competent to implement the vision in their schools. The book contains some very good ideas, but in the end, the vision of assessment is extremely narrow. The author's main suggestion is that schools create a set of interim assessments that lead up to U.S. state assessments. He suggests that not only these, but also classroom assessments are created to mimic the format of state assessments. Doing this would leave very little room in a school's… Read more
The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the A&hellip by Jonathan Jones
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly readable, 11 Jun 2014
Jonathan Jones weaves together details of the lives and art works of Leonardo and Michelangelo to create a highly readable narrative which really captures much of the spirit of the Renaissance. The reader can really sense the spirit of rivalry and feel the emerging sense of individualism that defined the era. In creating such a readable account however, Jones often strays into overuse of emotive, hyperbolic language. He also tends to ascribe specific motivations and states of mind to his two protagonists that are based on very tenuous inferences. If you can overlook this, the book is a very enjoyable read. If that kind of thing annoys you, steer clear.
Ritual and Domestic Life in Prehistoric Europe by Richard Bradley
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bradley's main argument is that the line between domestic life and religious ritual is much more blurred in prehistoric Europe than many archaeologists would like to believe. He makes some very powerful points and quotes some fascinating evidence. If I were to base my rating of the book purely on the points made I would rate it more highly. The argument is sometimes difficult to follow, however. Bradley often presents multiple pieces of evidence without always making clear exactly how they connect to the ongoing argument he is making. He also has a tendency to relate an abundance of detail about the particular archaeological sites he uses as evidence when only some of that detail is… Read more

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