May the Circles be Unbroken

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Empathy is in short supply these days, with bigotry and bullying in ascendance. Teachers are alarmed by this phenomenon, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has dubbed the “Trump Effect.” M. Starita Boyce Ansari critiques our education system, which has banished experiential learning to the periphery of children’s lives. She offers us the model of giving circles, which meld responsiveness and altruism with community engagement, nurturing our students’ humanity.

Starita Boyce Ansari designs out-of-school programs for elementary through college students. She studies the economics of discrimination and education equity, equality and access, and she has co-authored two books on . . . Read full article →

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Babes in Trump Land: The Path Forward

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“Keep anxiety at bay,” was the subject line of last week’s email from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. The magnitude of the task can’t be overstated. One of the monsters has come out of the closet, and he will soon live in a big white house built by slaves.

On the evening after Donald Trump claimed victory, my millennial daughter joined tens of thousands of Americans in protest, their action captured by the hashtag #NotMyPresident. This radical spark is woven into her DNA. Her grandmother voted for Adlai Stevenson, an intellectual with a progressive bent who lost . . . Read full article →

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