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National Take Your Enemy to Lunch Day: Keystone of Democracy

Last week on the flight from Washington to Boston, Ginna was reeling from the shock that America had elected a misogynistic, racist, egotistical demagogue for president. She decided to turn to her seatmate and ask, “Who did you vote for?” Please … Continue reading

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A Dynamic Mind; Not a Growth Mindset

The antidote for a “fixed mindset” is not a “growth mindset,” but a mind on a mission. One morning ten years ago a kindergarten teacher named John walked into his class wearing a pink shirt. There had been an outbreak of students … Continue reading

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Can Your Genius Make Conflict Creative?

Can conflict be creative? Can conflict be creative? My older brother and I fought a lot. “Fight to the death!” we said. It scared our mother, and scared me, too, I guess. I remember at age eight fighting in our back … Continue reading

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Social Anxiety? Get Smart, not Mad

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, –Rudyard Kipling At lunchtime on the first day of fourth grade my best friend Jimmy stuck a deviled egg in my face and said “Eat it.” Back then, a deviled egg … Continue reading

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How Will Education Reform?

I never let my schooling interfere with my education. —Mark Twain Education Reform won’t succeed until schools do what computers can’t. Because Sara was home sick for a week in October of her eighth grade year, her parents bought software … Continue reading

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