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Monthly Archives: September 2013

“The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way”

“The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way,” by Amanda Ripley (Simon and Schuster; 320 pages: $28) Journalist Ripley tours the world in her new book, attempting to divine the operational secrets of the world’s best educational systems and to discern where and why America’s students continue to fall further and […]

That’s NOT Love

Love is NOT needing someone nor is it lusting after them; these are two very common forms of counterfeit love. Neither is love excusing someone’s continuing misbehavior or going easy on someone, “forgiving” them on-going violations of appropriate standards or allowing yourself to be treated disrespectfully. Can we say co-dependency? Enabling behavior? We tend to […]

It Takes A Hot Fire to Forge Steel

Deeply committed to being a life-long learner, I was fond of the saying “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear,” and always strove to be aware of the learning opportunities in everyday situations. One day I had a wake up call: I realized, subconsciously, I was expecting my learning opportunities to come “Mr. […]

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