Nonacademic Skills

Interesting article. Of the current terms I particularly dislike “grit” because it sounds abrasive. (Ummm, grit IS abrasive.) But resilience and perseverance are inarguably necessary qualities for success. They’re probably too long for a catch phrase or large font book title. Alas. Nonacademic...
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Who Gets To Get Help?

On Sunday, the New York Times posted a front page article on the plight of families with a troubled teenager, and whether help was available to truly aid in treating such a young person. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/22/health/seeing-sons-violent-potential-but-finding-little-help-or-hope.html?_r=0 I appreciated Benedict Carey’s article.  But by focusing on potentially violent males, it missed...
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Reflections on Newtown

As our whole society continues to process what has happened in Newtown, CT, we also question what can be done to prevent a repetition of this awful violence. Mass slayings rightfully draw our attention and evoke our horror. But this morning I heard the statistic that since the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, more than a million — a MILLION — American have been...
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