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“Mom, What’s the Right Age to Start Having Sex?”

“Mom, what’s the right age to start having sex?” That was exactly the question I wasn’t expecting, sitting with my 13-year-old son and my husband in a restaurant overlooking the Hudson, sipping a cocktail, waiting for our food to arrive. I … Continue reading

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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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An Angel Packs a Suitcase

Politicians and business leaders demand that schools prepare students for the future, but the future is notoriously difficult to predict. Which future shall we prepare them for? Star Trek  or The Hunger Games? How can we responsibly prepare students for whatever the … 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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Vocation, Virtue, and Jerry Sandusky

Jerry Sandusky, convicted serial abuser of vulnerable children, got away with molesting boys for decades because of a deeply-ingrained belief in American culture that football coaches are inherently virtuous. Football coaches at all levels, from peewee to the NFL, are … Continue reading

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This Essay is Not Living Up to Its Potential

You’re not working up to your potential! Raise your hand if your teachers told you this when you were growing up. Wow! That many of you! That’s a LOT of unlived-up-to potential! Let us pause for a moment and imagine … 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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Elegy for a Thousand Stolen Books

After the seven-year project of weeding my high school library, one task remained: inventory. I had avoided it for several years, reasoning that there wasn’t much point in carefully accounting for books I would probably discard anyway. If someone had … Continue reading

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Funeral for a Digital Immigrant

Dearly beloved, we are gathered together in the presence of God and in the company of the education profession to lay to rest our dear brother, the Digital Immigrant. To most, the Digital Immigrant was a hapless but earnest educator, … Continue reading

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