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How Over-Parenting Stunts Resiliency

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It’s a disgustingly hot and humid September afternoon at Palmer Trinity School in Palmetto Bay, Florida, where I teach history and coach varsity cross country. The weather doesn’t deter one of my top runners—an eighth grader who runs 3.1 miles in 18:36 minutes—from giving everything his has on his last four-mile repeat. As he makes […]

Banish the Big Calendar

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There’s something lurking on the wall in nearly every preschool classroom that shouldn’t be there: a giant calendar. Calendar time takes center stage each morning in thousands of classrooms. During morning circle time, the children gather on the rug at their teacher’s feet and go over the day’s weather, the day of the week, and […]

What if We Made Schools More Uncomfortable?

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Another school year gone. My heart goes outto the kids who waded through more than their share of social garbage last term. Hopefully they’ll get a neededreprieve during the summer. But summer is short and when it ends they’ll head back to school. Most of them (and their parents and teachers) are probably not looking […]

Why Kids Learn More By Not Sharing

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As soon as children are old enough to walk, we expect them to share. I prefer putting “share” in quotes, since this type of sharing is usually forced by the adult. Our goals are noble: kindness, generosity, awareness of others. Unfortunately, our approach backfires. Kids learn more life skills — and develop better generosity – […]

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