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Celebrate July 4th, Cultivate Independence

I learned recently that Ben Franklin didn’t think the 4th of July was a good choice of a date for celebrating our country’s independence. He thought the Declaration of Independence was a wonderful thing to assert of course, but he reflected that a better date for a holiday might coincide with the events that actually […]

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The Value of Diversity

Linguistic Diversity Cultural Diversity Racial Diversity Gender Diversity Recognizing our differences from one another is a first, easy step in coming to know, understand and hopefully accept those unlike us. We humans immediately detect those who don’t fit familiar or comfortable impressions of how things are supposed to be. We also pick up on the […]

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Do What You Can

I’ve asserted before that the literacy in a community is not solely the province of schools and children. Schools and teachers do play an important part in the development of literacy, of course, but much is missed in school curricula that have evolved to become focused solely on teaching kids to do literacy to some […]

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Women Weave a Tapestry of History, Learning

Okay, boys and girls, let’s name 10 things that women have done to enrich our history or enhance our opportunities. Right, okay, sure…uh…let’s see…hmmm. For me at least, that question is harder than I think it should be. I grew up long before there was much effort to educate children—boys and girls—that history should showcase the […]

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Early Literacy Must NOT Start With Preschool Enrollment

We have to stop kidding ourselves and call out the elephant in the room. Early literacy does NOT equate to early preschool education. News story after editorial after article after ivory-tower speech nearly all continue to equate early childhood education with preschool. Preschool of course IS early, but take a small step back from the current […]

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Linguistically Speaking…

Today our publisher, Holly Hartman, and I were talking about how sad it is that so few Americans speak a second language. We speculated that the positive impact of everyone speaking an additional language would have an enormous impact on our learning lives and, in particular, on our economy. We took turns praising those we knew […]