November 2017

Can Teaching Books Pave the Way for Empathic Citizens in a time of Mean Spirits? Part III
Date: November 6, 2017
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This is part 3 of the series  |  Read Part 1  |  Read Part 2 What should we, as educators, consider when we want texts to predispose students to empathy? The old tropes are no longer so self-evident. Teachers and schools should go well beyond choosing and studying (the hip jargon is “curate”) texts that […]

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Can Teaching Books Pave the Way for Empathic Citizens in a time of Mean Spirits? Part II
Date: November 3, 2017
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This is part 2 of the series  |  Read Part 1  |  Read Part 3 It is a difficult argument to make to a diminishing audience of readers in a world wedded to data that literature can lay the groundwork for more empathic children and young adults—and therefore a stronger citizenry. That more than ever […]

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Can Teaching Books Pave the Way for Empathic Citizens in a time of Mean Spirits? Part I
Date: November 2, 2017
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This is part 1 of the series  |  Read Part 2  |  Read Part 3 At the age of twelve, my grandmother, who knew I was already an avid reader, gave me the novel Another Country by James Baldwin, which was quickly followed by “Sonny’s Blues” and The Fire Next Time. I realized later that […]

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