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School Prayer Doesn’t Need a Comeback


Oct 20 2014
Why this prayer-loving, evangelical mom won’t be joining the movement.
School Prayer Doesn’t Need a Comeback
U.S. Dept. of Education

It was a mistake to read about Janine Turner’s push to bring prayer “back” to school so early in the morning.

During those first few quiet moments—just before I rouse my middle-schooler for early morning band, then my daughter for her grade-school ...

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What Does It Mean to Be Black-ish?


Oct 15 2014
How “exceptional” African Americans still bolster our stereotypes.
What Does It Mean to Be Black-ish?
Adam Taylor / ABC

In high school, I took a class called “The Black Experience in White America,” studying stacks of books on critical race theory, reels of historical documentaries, and pages of prose written by African Americans. The course asked: What does it mean to be black ...

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The History We’d Prefer to Forget


Oct 13 2014
Why we pass on pain to the next generation.
The History We’d Prefer to Forget
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The recent round of protests in Colorado over a proposed change to the Advanced Placement American History curriculum has illustrated for me the challenge in our culture about what it means to remember well.

The College Board, the organization that administers Advanced ...

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The Deeper Draw of YA


Oct 10 2014
Grown-up readers find a necessary reminder of our brokenness and vulnerability.
The Deeper Draw of YA
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For decades, adults have enjoyed books intended for teenagers and adolescents. But during this year’s leisurely summer reading season, the adult inclination toward young adult (YA) lit became a hotly debated topic.

Ruth Graham sparked a fury with her article in Slate ...

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From Midriffs to Social Media: Parenting Teen Girls in the 21st Century


Sep 30 2014
Don’t let the topic fool you. ‘Enough’ is full of substance and wisdom.
From Midriffs to Social Media: Parenting Teen Girls in the 21st Century
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Kate Conner likes making lists. The author of Enough—a book I truly enjoyed despite my initial, low-slung expectations—uses lists throughout her work. Her new book’s subtitle, for example, is: 10 Things We Should Be Telling Teenage Girls. And the lists don’t ...

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Jesus Loves the Little Children… But I Don’t


Sep 12 2014
A childless millennial’s quest to become a “kid person.”
 Jesus Loves the Little Children… But I Don’t
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To say I don’t have kids is an understatement. I barely interact with children, save for brief conversations with friends and fellow churchgoers with offspring in tow.

I can’t remember the last time I changed a diaper, pushed a stroller, or let a kid win at ...

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The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersion Elementary School


Aug 29 2014
It’s not just about speaking another language.
The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersion Elementary School
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As American kids pack up bookbags and find their classrooms on the first day of school, more of them will be greeted with, “Hola” and “Buenos Dias.” Their bulletin boards will display colors, animals, and days of the week in Spanish. Language-immersion ...

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When Childhood Has Become a Race


Aug 26 2014
Goodbye busy summer, hello busy school year: What have we lost in the rush?
When Childhood Has Become a Race
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In a July article for The New Republic, William Deresiewicz admonished parents to abandon Ivy League ambitions for their children. Having spent 24 years at Columbia and Yale, he surmises that students at our most elite universities have lost their sense of purpose.

These ...

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Christian Couple Responds After #ShareACoke Baby Announcement Goes Viral


Aug 21 2014
Dad-to-be: “The beauty of the video was that we didn’t intend for this to happen.”
Christian Couple Responds After #ShareACoke Baby Announcement Goes Viral
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Soon after Los Angeles pastor Patrick McGillicuddy and his wife Whitney posted their baby announcement video a couple weeks ago, theirs became the pregnancy heard round the world.

Inspired by Coca-Cola’s personalized #ShareACoke cans, the couple cracked open can after ...

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Have Babies, Just Not Yet


Aug 19 2014
Resisting pressure to "make something of yourself" before motherhood.
Have Babies, Just Not Yet
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There are a number of reasons for the delay of childbearing on the part of women, who increasingly find themselves pursuing higher degrees, working full-time, and taking on leadership positions.

Babies don’t care if you just made partner, they arrive when they want ...

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