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I don’t think teenagers reading literature need to see a world they know; I think they need to see a world they know isn’t bullshit. John Green

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Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate. The Fault in Our […]

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catagator: This teen girl’s response to the DFTBA sexual abuse scandal is out of this world and needs to be watched and thought about and discussed. This is a 16-year-old girl. Her video gave me CHILLS.  It’s a great video. Some might find it tough but it’s a must-see. She – Ann/The Geeky Blonde – […]

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Tough Teen Writing

Matt de la Peña, wrote a short, beautiful essay for NPR’s Code Switch blog on the hope and perspective reading and writing can give struggling teens and adults from difficult backgrounds like macho working-class or street gangs:  My professor said something I will never forget when I went and talked to her the following week. Even […]