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Scrooge school

Scrooge school

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Education | Next week I will read Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to the kids at school. Last year it took me eight straight hours and left me with a raspy throat, but I…

Wonder of wonders

Wonder of wonders

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Faith & Inspiration | I don’t know how many times in the last week, when asked how I am doing, I replied, “Wonderful!” And I’ve lied. Not because I’m unhappy,

Considering the end

Considering the end

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Faith & Inspiration | Last night I found out that my childhood friend David had died. To my shame I use the term “friend” lightly here. David was a couple of years younger than…

Telling tales of heroes

Telling tales of heroes

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Education | A few weeks ago I gave my students “All About Me” posters with one section titled, “My Hero.” This proved most difficult for the kids to fill out.

Four score and seven reasons memorization is important

Four score and seven reasons memorization is important

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Education | In the past couple of decades, memorization, aka “rote learning,” has become as unpopular an educational method as the use of the paddle. Rote learning…

Why I can’t teach your child

Why I can’t teach your child

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Education | Four times I asked him to take out a piece of paper. Four times I asked him to find a pencil. Each and every time we reached a new vocabulary word, I stopped…

A shovel-ready job

A shovel-ready job

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Parenting | On a recent blistering Kansas day, a group of students and teachers are re-mulching an impossibly long walking path as part of our weekly school workday. The…

For the love of liberal arts

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Education | It was Day 3 of our marathon teachers’ meetings last week when we learned one new student would not be attending our school after all.  Her parents,

Lessons learned from the Ice Bucket Challenge

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Culture | Earlier this week, 11-year-old Elenia walked into the living room to tell me that several of her friends had nominated her to participate in the now-viral Ice…

Skipping rope and cultivating scholars

Skipping rope and cultivating scholars

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Education | With the school year around the corner, I am spending a lot of time thinking about this last year—my first teaching at a private school—and evaluating…

O conversation, where art thou?

O conversation, where art thou?

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Faith & Inspiration | A year ago we moved into a neighborhood that had been developed by a man who had a vision of community even Dietrich Bonhoeffer would be proud of:

Marriage and millennials

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Marriage | According to the Pew Research Center, millennials increasingly think society is just fine without marriage, and it’s easy to see why they do. As I…

 
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