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Apr 25

The New Professional: Shredding Force Fields at the Speed of Light

Parker J. Palmer’s concept of the “new professional” describes those who fight for their true mission “in the midst of the powerful force-field of institutional life, where so much conspires to compromise the core values” of their work. I wholeheartedly embrace this definition, but it presupposes that I align with Palmer’s idea of my work’s …

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Mar 01

A World Without Color Becomes Black and White

My mother has become legally blind, unable to see the features on the faces of her beloved family members: the shape of our noses that resemble her father’s, the Punjabi cheekbones, and the medium brown color of our skin. Each characteristic is part of who we are, and I am proud that my Indian heritage …

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Feb 23

Bridge Over Koolaid-filled Waters or We Don’t Need No Replication

“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.” ~ Nikos Kazantzakis   We don’t need no education We don’t need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teacher leave them kids …

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Feb 16

Burning the Spark: What’s the Barrier to Widespread Implementation of Active Learning?

We know that people will invest time, energy, and money to pursue their passions so it’s a no-brainer to engage in efforts to make students passionate about what they are learning in school. Mark C. Carnes talks about using games to have students experientially learn about the past in a brilliant endeavor that has them …

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Feb 09

B’s Get Degrees and Other Yogic Philosophies for Graduate Life

When I moved from the suburbs of New York City down to the bucolic university town of Blacksburg, Virginia for a PhD program, I expected the culture shock. What I didn’t realize was how much I would divest from my old life to be successful in the new one. Most of my campus colleagues are …

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Feb 02

Resistance to Hive Mind Is Not Futile

  Imagine walking into a Starbucks looking for coffee, but the baristas insisted you needed coconut water instead because that was what they believe everyone should have. What if they even refuse to show you coffee and label you “resistant” for insisting? Most people would be livid and call for the manager, yet we have allowed …

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Jan 24

Technology: Weapon or Instrument?

Has technology benevolently given us unprecedented access to information and other people or has it created a world of disconnected and discontented souls? The answer seems to be as complicated as human beings are: yes and no. Or, as we marriage and family therapists (MFTs) who are also social constructionists like to say, it’s “both …

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