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“We Shall Overcome”: Black History and Historical Trauma

“We Shall Overcome”: Black History and Historical Trauma

Sometimes it feels like every February we talk about Black history and historical trauma as though they are forever synonymous....
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How Home Visiting Programs Help Us All Grow Together

How Home Visiting Programs Help Us All Grow Together

Anyone who has done home visiting with families has sat in homes not so different from our own. I’ve sat...
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Let’s Celebrate Chinese Culture, Health and People

Let’s Celebrate Chinese Culture, Health and People

Happy New Year! Or, as some might say in China, 新年快乐 (Xīn nián kuài lè)! Each year, people in Chinese...
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The Burden That the Displaced Bear

The Burden That the Displaced Bear

An 1891 photo of Lakota survivors of the Wounded Knee Massacre. A 2013 photo of the Za'atri camp for Syrian...
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Relationships Before Test Scores: These Creative Solutions Help Build Connections Between Students and Teachers — And That Leads to Learning

Relationships Before Test Scores: These Creative Solutions Help Build Connections Between Students and Teachers — And That Leads to Learning

American schools are often so focused on preparing children for careers that for many students, education feels like little more...
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Do All Mammals Experience Emotions? A Scientist Makes the Case That They Do, and That We Humans Can Learn From Them

Do All Mammals Experience Emotions? A Scientist Makes the Case That They Do, and That We Humans Can Learn From Them

I was having dinner with several people I’ve known a long time. As we were conversing, two of them disagreed...
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Losing Patience With Children: Are Schools Aggravating the Youth Mental Health Crisis?

Losing Patience With Children: Are Schools Aggravating the Youth Mental Health Crisis?

The staggering increases in depression and suicide in children and teens since the early 2000s coincide with the widespread use...
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“Why Don’t Poor People Just Work Harder?” Poverty, Stress, and Getting Stuck in Reverse

“Why Don’t Poor People Just Work Harder?” Poverty, Stress, and Getting Stuck in Reverse

Many people who have never experienced real poverty have a hard time understanding why so many poor people seem to...
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“Why Do I Do That?” The Emotional Processes That Shape Our Behavior in Relationships

“Why Do I Do That?” The Emotional Processes That Shape Our Behavior in Relationships

For many years, researchers looked at behavior only from the top down. Think of Pavlov’s dogs, drooling in response to...
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“The Armor of a Happy Childhood” — Subtle Messages About Parenting in Game of Thrones

“The Armor of a Happy Childhood” — Subtle Messages About Parenting in Game of Thrones

  Writing in Slate, Anna Nordberg notes that beneath the feudal politics, violence and magic that drive the plot of...
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