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Distinguished Alumni, Key and Peele, and Teacher Value

Four times a year, I receive a piece of mail that renews my sense of…inadequacy? Humility? Pride? My high school’s alumni magazine engenders a range of emotions. And none of them are particularly related to nostalgia. ...

Eighteen-week Sprint

I am not a runner. I am a racer, though. It makes sense: The cover of one of the first books I could read on my own—Dr. Seuss’ Go, Dog. Go!—featured a cartoon dog in a race car. But my races are more figurative....

Other People’s Kids

I have no kids of my own, but that doesn’t prevent parents for asking me for advice regarding their own kids. Frankly, it is an honor to feel so esteemed. At times, though, it’s also unnerving. To say or do the wrong thing and adversely affect someone else’s child...

Are you truly making your summer count?

“How did you spend your summer break?” The trite first day of school theme forced upon generations of students equally begs equal response from the educators who pose it to their pupils....