On Teenage Defiance

    A recent article in the New York Times offers this catchy headline:   Can Teenage Defiance Be Manipulated for Good?   The author is accurate in that teens slide quickly to polarization and respond well, therefore, to hero-villain scripts. They …
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    Grit vs. Quit

    In her forthcoming book, Angela Duckworth, one of our favorite experts on grit, has some interesting advice about quitting. For example, she suggests that high schoolers should be encouraged to stick with a new endeavor for at least a year before …
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    These Teachers Changed My Life

    In the schoolyard, spontaneous fights igniting daily. Less regularly, down the road in dirt lots hidden from adult eyes, carefully orchestrated donnybrooks. On the playground blacktop, the sport of choice, “Kill the Man with the Ball”–but only when stuffing unsuspecting …
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