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Thomas Jefferson for the Twenty-First Century American

Many years ago, in my role as a high school teacher of U.S. Government, I had the unique opportunity that allowed me to experiment–teach one and only one concept, one document to one group of kids for the entire school year. We studied the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson–attempting to understand and apply …

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Meaning Is In the Eye of the Beholder

In reference to the picture below: Proud Momma Duck*? Conversation starter when college students call home to ask for more money?  Or teasing refrain uttered by teens as they roll their eyes? Perspective can change meaning. *Referring to the University of Oregon Ducks Photo Credit: Creative Marbles Consultancy, 2013

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School + New Town = College

Picking colleges for application or enrollment isn’t just picking a new school.  Most likely, teenagers are moving away from their hometowns.  Knowing something about the place being moved to as well as the college may add insights to the searching.  The Atlantic Cities reported on the “Brainiest Cities” based on an online survey measuring cognitive …

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When is “Enough” Enough?

When is “enough”, enough?  To answer this question, let’s define “enough”.  In my experience, an outside (read: someone else’s) definition of “enough” may provide a starting point, but knowing when I’m “enough” is an inside job.  Clients and friends time and again have reinforced the notion that “trusting my own experience” will be the true …