Category Archives: Altruism

The Need to Contribute

To Contribute is a Basic Human Need Ever play give-and-take with babies? They pick a carrot off the tray of their highchair and hold it out to you. You take it, say “Thank you,” and give it back to them, … Continue reading

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Management Kills Education

Musa age 3. Abdallah age 5. I love No Child Left Behind. In May of 2002 I visited our local public school, hung out on the playground and just generally lurked. As the kids were waiting to go home at … Continue reading

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The Need to Matter is a Basic Human Need

Many of our problems in this culture stem from the fact that we see “giving to others” not as a psychological imperative but as a moral imperative. From professional psychologists to the “woman on the street” the need to make … Continue reading

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Worthless

Ask Not What You Can Do for Kids, but What Kids Can Do for You Eight-months pregnant, my daughter Lizzie is getting pretty tired, and having two rambunctious boys under the age of five is getting harder. Aunt Katie came … Continue reading

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Thoughtfulness: Engaging Empathy to Build Strong Brains

Helen was playing in the sandbox in the park, when a brawl between a brother and sister broke out near her. Helen looked up from her work to see them arguing over a shovel, knocking each other to the ground. … Continue reading

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