July 17, 2019

Curiosity is at the heart of growth. 

I was reminded of this the other day as I was driving around my two year old nephew. He kept moving between the questions, “What’s that?” and “Why?” He wanted to know about everything–from the blinking sign to the bulldozer on a trailer; he was curious about the world around him. He wanted to l...

March 25, 2019

The other day, my eight year old woke up at 5:30am complaining of bad stomach pains. As tears ran down her face, I examined her for any other symptoms: fever-no, pain when pressing on different areas-no, throwing up-thank goodness, no. After giving her a dose of Tylenol, she calmed down and seemed fine.That’s when a fleeting thoug...

September 25, 2018

The old American adage of “pulling oneself up by the bootstraps” is as false a statement as the childhood saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” and yet we continue to promote the idea of independence and self-protectionism without regard to the overwhelming evidence of the ways these ideals...

February 27, 2018

“[G]ood teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher. In every class I teach, my ability to connect with my students, and to connect them with the subject, depends less on the methods I use than on the degree to which I know and trust my selfhood — and am willing to ma...