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What No One Wants to Admit About Education Reform

What No One Wants to Admit About Education Reform

The key detail that everyone conveniently ignores when they argue about the problem in schools. Warning: it's personal.

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Nose Pressed Up Against the Glass

Nose Pressed Up Against the Glass

200 words about love to make you think for a minute about what really matters.

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This(ness) Could Save Our Lives

This(ness) Could Save Our Lives

A story about haecceity, or, This.

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Of Course I'll Marry You

Of Course I'll Marry You

A marriage introduction and charge for my best friend and her fiance on the occasion of their wedding. Also, a swift kick in the pants for everyone doing the hard work of being in a relationship.

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The Suffering of Success

The Suffering of Success

Why you may be suffering deeply if you're destined for greatness.

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A New Look at Stay Out Of School

A New Look at Stay Out Of School

A happy re-introduction to Stay Out of School at ElizabethOnline.com--what we're doing here and why we hope you care.

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Knowing When To Stop

Knowing When To Stop

A little story about a painting I screwed up royally because I put someone in the role of teacher who never should have been there.

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Redistribution of Ethics

Redistribution of Ethics

Definitions of distribution, redistribution, and value--or, why I'm building a money-printing machine over here at the bungalow.

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Ripe For The Picking and Right On Trend: Real Life

Ripe For The Picking and Right On Trend: Real Life

Is this the tipping point for unplugging from digital life and remembering the beauty of the humanities and the human experience?

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Look At The Helpers: Urban Yogis

Look At The Helpers: Urban Yogis

A quick highlight of people who are doing good and working to change American culture.

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Three Points on Reading

Three Points on Reading

Is the loss of the physical book radically altering how and if we read? Is it already changing whether our kids read?

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Listening, or What I Did Over My Summer Vacation

Listening, or What I Did Over My Summer Vacation

Zombies, language, what U.S. culture values, and why what's going on in classrooms is your fault.

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Life Imitating the Lillian Vernon Catalogue: Some Thoughts On Kids and Entrepreneurship

A little story on a mom taking photos of her kids pretending to have a lemonade stand and what it says about the fakers in all of us.

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Your High School Student Can't Divide

Your High School Student Can't Divide

Advising young adults to drop out of college because it's useless misses the point; most of us have no idea what skill set today's high school diploma represents... and why we should be worried.

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The Apology Craze is Killing Our Kids

A look at our apologizing culture and how it's engineering a culture the circumvents real remorse.

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Developing Willpower One Crush At A Time

It doesn't take much more than a pretty face to inspire willpower and discipline. The question is, what can you do with that discipline when things actually matter?

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I Voted. There, I Said It.

A fearful registered Republican sticks her neck out in the hopes of having a sensible conversation about political philosophy and conservatism.

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Dogs, Frat Boys, and Leadership

Dogs, Frat Boys, and Leadership

Mike Stewart's wisdom about about getting your lab to something other than nap has a lot to do with leadership, discipline, and achievement in people.

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It's About our Values, Stupid

Why asking, "Is college worth it?," reflects an insidious, embarrassing state of American culture.

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Critical Thinking 101: Understanding Mutual Exclusion

Critical Thinking 101: Understanding Mutual Exclusion

Understanding mutual exclusion with a little help from Black Sheep and the national debate on healthcare.

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I Don't Think I'm That Good

I Don't Think I'm That Good

Elizabeth King discusses the inspiration and relief of discovering that Wendy Wasserstein thought she was a lousy a playwright.

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Realer than Likability

Realer than Likability

A few brief thoughts presented by Jonathan Franzen at Kenyon College, spring 2011, on technology, social media, authenticity, and real life.

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The Evolution of Smarter Search: A Convo With Stefan Weitz

A conversation with Stefan Weitz, Director of Bing, about critical thinking, wisdom, and getting smarter using search.

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Memorization: It Isn't for Fools

A look at why memorization and taking the time to internalize all sorts of info that you could Just Look Up is worthwhile--and why all the best brains are doing it.

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