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Learning How To Fake Expertise

 My Uncle Bobby, borrowing a page from George Burns and only half-jokingly, would often give me this sage piece of advice:  “Once you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made.”  It was another way of saying, “Fake it till you make it.”  To me, the underlying drift of Uncle Bobby’s and George Burns’ advice was an acknowledgment that pretending we feel some way that we don’t or that we know more than we do is universal. 

The Civic Negligence of Schools: Reckoning With Race and History

I have been thinking lately about the civic responsibility – and negligence – of schools.  Specifically, I have been thinking about the disservice schools (and the people who make decisions about curriculum in schools) have done to young people when it comes to our collective failure to confront the darker and more sinister corners of our history, that persistent undercurrent of racism and institutional oppression that has recently sprung to the surface in Ferguson, Missouri.  

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