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Attention Span

How many of us neglect childhood? Not as we're living it, after we've "outgrown" it. I suggest we're never past our childhood, and we need to focus on the advantage of being childlike—focused on fearless discovery and connection. That's very different from childish—focused on our own terminal uniqueness. How many adults (especially in positions of implied authority)...
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Sergeant Stryker and Captain Miller: Changing Heroes

I grew up on westerns and war movies. My sisters once tricked me into going to see South Pacific by telling me it was about the war in the Pacific. I thought it was going to be the sequel to Sands of Iwo Jima. John Wayne was nominated for an academy award for Sands of Iwo Jima....
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Amazing Grays

The name of the class: Successful Job Interviewing. My Department of Education audience was evenly divided between older men (mostly white, with decades of service) and young women (of diverse ethnicity and race, with only a few months in their position). They sat in separate clumps. The conversation turned to understanding our values and being true to...
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Learning Chaos: Insight Clobbers Information

My best teachers had more information than I did. My worst teachers had more information, too. The difference between my best and the rest was a respect for insight. The best teachers focused on meaning and gave their students a paradoxical gift—the opportunity to struggle with understanding. While most teachers emphasized the importance of memorizing dates...
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