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Graduation Season

Published on May 25, 2014 by in Columns

On Monday evening, I had the pleasure of attending Centennial High School’s inaugural graduation ceremony.  Commencements always seem charged with an historical significance for those in attendance, just as they seem to whir and hum with the electricity of an unwritten future.  But Monday night’s ceremony also bore the historical relevance of being the new

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Technology, Race and Declining Teen Literacy Rates

Published on May 15, 2014 by in Columns

In last week’s column, I wrote about the recent popularity of Young Adult novels, a genre that’s experiencing a boom, even among adult readers.  However, a report released on Monday by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that monitors how children and teens use media, reveals some unsettling—if not entirely shocking— new findings about reading

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Not Just For Young Adults

Published on May 8, 2014 by in Columns

Every year, in lieu of a New Year’s resolution, I simply make a promise to myself.  In the cold of January, I quietly vow to spend the year ahead reading more.  I don’t attach a quantity to it, not two books a week, or 100 pages a day.  Simply more. Nearly always, by the first

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Making Them Visible

Published on May 1, 2014 by in Columns

Last week, the New York City Rescue Mission received a lot of attention when they posted a well-produced video about homelessness.  As an experiment, the Rescue Mission dressed several non-homeless people as panhandlers, and strategically placed them on the streets of New York—in places where they would be passed by their relatives.  Nearly invariably, the

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