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Would It Be Okay If You Hugged Me? What a Tearful Teenage Boy Taught Me About Advent
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

God had seemed absent, hiding in the shadows of painful circumstances. But it turns out he was with me all the time, and was taking each horrible, painful detail and working it for good. ...

Senators Reach Deal on Student Loan Interest Rates
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

According to an aide connected to the Democratic Party, bipartisan senators reached a deal Wednesday that would offer undergraduate students a lower interest rate of 3.85 percent on student loans, up until the ...

Building A World Without Hate
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

The question for me as a teacher is not so much "What could have been?" as it is "What can be?" Brenda is a fourth grader at my elementary school. Her father ...

The Teaching of Empathy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

I reflected over my five years teaching at this Title I elementary school. "Who am I, what have I done, to become Teacher of the Year?" I asked myself. The announcement ...

Poor, Small, Broken — Beautiful
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

My poor, smart, small, broken looking student is indeed like beautiful music ... beautiful in his simplicity, astonishing in his complexity. He is like the galimoto. He is a gift to me and to the world. ...

Helping Billy Inherit the Earth
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

I want my student to see that the things that make him different are the things that make him unique. Those traits can help him build a more humane world for all of us. But it's hard for a 7-year-old, or ...

James and the Giant Book
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

In Roald Dahl's classic children's book James and the Giant Peach, 7-year-old orphan James Henry Trotter escapes his two rotten, abusive aunts by crawling into a giant peach. The peach rolls, floats, ...

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

I babysat often through high school and remember a mom asking the dreaded question. I answered that I wanted to be a lawyer. She asked if I had ever thought about teaching. My response? I laughed and told her ...

Teachers Are Builders
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

When the temptation to think kids like James just can't learn tears us down, I'm going to tell the story about the time he jumped up with a raised fist and shouted, "I did it!" when he read ...

Retelling the Story
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Tim King Chicago's North Park offers a model for honest conversation. North Park University might be the ...

'Four Dead in Ohio': Forty-two Years Later
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

May 4, 1970 -- 42 years ago today -- was the day protesting the war in Vietnam became serious. National Guardsmen fired on a group of protesting students at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four and woun ...

Students: Get Educated on Election Law Changes in Your District
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Heads up, students! Efforts are already underway across the country to make it more difficult to vote, and if you’re not prepared, you may find yourself without an electoral voice come next November. ...

Maryland Acts for Privacy and Peace
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Amy Barger Since 1968, public high schools in most states have been administering a military aptitude test and providing the Pentagon with ...

Repairers of the Breach
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:47pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rosalie G. Riegle A program that educates Iraqi students in the U.S. is helping to rebuild Iraq, one student at a time. ...

Refusing to Forget North Korea
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 9:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Jeannie Choi Students mobilize against the humanitarian crisis. During the 2004 presidential election, North ...

A League of God's Own
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joe Murchison At age 29, Don McClanen founded the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Five ministries later, McClanen -- now 83 -- continues ...

Talking for Change
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Josh MacIvor-Andersen Student activists are finding that sometimes conversation, not confrontation, is the way to make a difference. ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh It’s My Life! A Guide to Alternatives After High School, by Janine Schwab and the AFSC; Women in Church History, by Joanne Tur ...

Young and Green
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cara Boekeloo The Millennial Generation gets creative to fight global warming. There’s something new in the ai ...

Public vs. Private Schools?
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Lucy Fuchs I was afraid to read David Batstone' I was afraid to read David Batstone’s column ("School Without a Prayer," January 2005) - ...

Cutting Classes for Christ
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Beiler Youthful idealism can grow into life-long commitment to justice. Ariel, the son-in-law of the Guat ...

A Resurrection of Campus Activism
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

Holly Lebowitz Rossi From sit-ins against sweatshops to lobbying against religious persecution, many students today are proving themselves ...