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To Unite a Divided America, Make People Work for It

By Jonathan Holloway Dr. Holloway is the president of Rutgers University, a historian and the author, most recently, of “The Cause of Freedom: A Concise History of African Americans.” July 2, 2021 This essay is part of a series exploring bold ideas to…..

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Opinion: Bob Dole: America needs unity to rediscover its greatness

By Bob Dole December 7th 2021 Bob Dole, who died on Sunday, represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1969 to 1996, including as Senate majority leader, and was the 1996 Republican nominee for president. This column was drafted early in 2021…..

Awe might be our most undervalued emotion. Here’s how to help children find it.

By Deborah Farmer Kris November 30, 2021 Washington Post When my dad shook me awake at 2 a.m., I grumbled my way out to the backyard and onto the quilt he had spread out for me and my four siblings. Moments later,…..

Why teachers are Burnt Out

Since covid, students have been angry. How can teachers help? By Meghan Leahy  December 2nd 2021 Washington Post  Q: I’m not a parent, but I am a high school teacher. There is a strong undercurrent of anger among our students. I’m trying to create a safe space…..

The 100-year life is here. We’re not ready.

In the United States, as many as half of today’s 5-year-olds can expect to live to the age of 100, and this once unattainable milestone may become the norm for newborns by 2050. Yet, the social institutions, norms and policies…..

Creating a New Map of Life

The “New Map of Life” Project Longevity changes everything Longer lives present one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century and one of the greatest opportunities. To fully reap the gift of longevity and the real possibility of living…..

What happened to America’s teens when coronavirus disrupted high school?

Nearly half of teens said the pandemic had a negative impact on their academics By Moriah BalingitOctober 29, 2021 at 8:03 a.m. EDT Washington Post Before the pandemic, high school had been defined for millions of teenagers by familiar rituals: meeting…..

I Grew Up Poor. How Am I Supposed to Raise My Middle-Class Kids?

By Esau McCaulley Contributing Opinion Writer New York Times November 28th 2021 Every year on Thanksgiving, my children experience something I rarely did when I was growing up. They see their father, mother and siblings all gathered around a family meal…..

Single-family zoning preserves century-old segregation, planners say. A proposal to add density is dividing neighborhoods.

By Katherine Shaver November 20, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. EST Washington Post On the edge of downtown Silver Spring, Dan Reed and his neighbors have been discussing how the Maryland suburb should look and feel, conversations that have flared into sometimes heated…..

When I Was 24

OCTOBER 30, 2014 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps pledge, Founders Club, national serviceby Maria Caruso Today’s guest post is the first in our AmeriCorps Alums Founders Club series and comes to us from Brad Meltzer’s 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps speech with Volunteer Florida. Brad is the #1…..

A Guide to Practicing Self-Care with Mindfulness

Making sure our own needs are met is as important as taking care of those we love most. When turning your attention toward yourself feels challenging, there are simple ways to move through the discomfort. Explore our new guide for…..