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If we treated any other professionals the way we do teachers, they'd riot in the streets.

It seems like the less experience a person has in the classroom, the more ideas they have on how to improve teaching. Teachers are increasingly controlled in how they spend their classroom time. Paperwork piles up.Here's a new idea: Let them be brilliant.

The education industry is constantly trying to sell ways to improve education. Self-directed learning apps! Standardized tests! Smartboards! State-of-the-art school buildings!

Enthusiasm for this kind of flashy fix often just makes things worse.


Don't get me wrong. I love the smell of a freshly painted hallway as much as the next person. But these salespeople are missing one major, MAJOR thing.

The single most-important determiner of educational quality is the quality of the teacher in the classroom.

Children who spend all day with the best teachers learn at twice the rate of the average. The difference between an OK teacher and an amazing teacher is huge, and the impact is long-lasting.

Teacher burnout is super high. In the U.S., 40-50% of new teachers leave the profession within their first five years.

The obvious question is where do we find the best teachers? How do we make the teachers we have better?

It's time to treat them the way we treat other college-educated professionals. Pay them well. Trust them to do their jobs well. Offer them opportunities for collaboration. Reward their creativity instead of punishing it. Give them the chance to design their own solutions to their students' stumbling blocks.

I'd rather my kids were in a classroom with a happy, inspired, and empowered leader than a grouchy, burned-out one. Wouldn't you?

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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy asked his Senate colleagues the questions millions of Americans have after a mass shooting.

Another school shooting. Another mass murder of innocent children. They were elementary school kids this time. There were 18 children killed—so far—this time.

The fact that I can say "this time" is enraging, but that's the routine nature of mass shootings in the U.S. It happened in Texas this time. At least three adults were killed this time. The shooter was a teenager this time.

The details this time may be different than the last time and the time before that, and the time before that, and the time before that. But there's one thing all mass shootings have in common. No, it's not mental illness. It's not racism or misogyny or religious extremism. It's not bad parenting or violent video games or lack of religion.

Some of those things have been factors in some shootings, but the single common denominator in every mass shooting is guns. That's not a secret. It's not controversial. It's fact. The only thing all mass shootings have in common is guns.

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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