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What Are We Preparing Our Students For?

Today on Perfect Whole we have a guest post by my colleague, Richard Smith. A longer version of this essay was published in our school newspaper. Rich and I work in an extremely high-achieving school district in which nearly all … Continue reading

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“A Hologram for the King”

Despite all the hoopla about outdoor activities centered around water, serious book slaves know that the purpose of a summer vacation is reading. This week, the Magnificent Nose ran a series of summer book reviews that asked writers to think … Continue reading

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Teach the Timeless

Version 6.0, 2012 Did you ever see “Shift Happens”? You might remember it as the “Did You Know?” presentation, full of startling statistics about the relative populations of China, India and the United States, and about the exponential growth of … Continue reading

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Post-Apocalyptic Career Counseling, Part III

III. Conclusion If not even an Ivy League education is a guarantee of success, then what is? Well, the employment rate among neurosurgeons remains encouragingly high, if you have the hands for that kind of work. The Bureau of Labor … Continue reading

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Post-Apocalyptic Career Counseling, Part II

II. Life Beyond the Success Algorithm “My whole life, I had been doing everything everybody told me. I went to the right school. I got really good grades. I got all the internships. Then, I couldn’t do anything.” –Rebecca Chapman, … Continue reading

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Post-Apocalyptic Career Counseling, Part I

I. Demise of the Standard-Issue Career Advice What are you telling the rising generation about how to succeed in the post-apocalyptic economy? Is it something like this? Pay attention to your teachers, do your homework, and study for your tests. … Continue reading

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