PLNY Blog

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by Alfie Kohn, Writer and Lecturer

Even someone who really does buckle down and try harder when he fails may be doing so out of an anxious, compulsive pressure to feel better about himself rather than because he takes pleasure from what he’s doing.

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by Kal Chany, College Financial Aid Consultant

Don't let the process of applying for financial aid intimidate you. Kalman A. Chany, a college financial aid consultant and the author of Paying for College Without Going Broke, tackles common financial aid questions and provides solid answers

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by Mary Biggs, Director, Basic Trust Day Care

When I was asked to write an article on what it takes to run a good child care program for children under the age of five, I thought “What an impossible question. I want to answer it!”

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by Steve Nelson, Head, The Calhoun School

While “independent” is partially employed as a less exclusive euphemism for “private,” the independence is real. As an educational and political progressive, I’ve accepted the euphemism with ambivalence. “Independent” implies, often explicitly insists, that our schools are exempt from much public policy. I deeply appreciate the freedom, while also recognizing the privilege implicit in operating outside the constraints of public education.  

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by Stevanne Auerbach, Toy Expert and Writer  

There is a great deal to learn about the past from the history of toys. Toys show up in the earliest archives of ancient civilizations. Children played with bone, clay, reeds, stones, sticks, pieces of fabric, feathers, fur and other found objects. Today there are toys that reflect current civilization, complete with technology embedded in video games, cell phones, computers and video art products.