Conduct Research

The next thing we did was to conduct research on what respect meant to students and teachers in the school. The process we used involved the use of beepers, or electronic pagers, to randomly sample real-time respectful and disrespectful school experiences occurring at any given moment inside this school. Here …

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The Media Is A Small Industry

Everyone knows everyone—at least by name. I had heard of Melissa de la Cruz a million times. I knew her as the fashion addict (she wrote a style column for a groovy Web site called hintmag.com), who had penned a hilarious novel called Cat’s Meow about a …

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Baking Soda And Its Many Uses

It is a secret. It is silent. It sits in your kitchen cupboard between the table salt and black pepper. In Asia it divides the soya sauce and star anise from the sesame seed oil and Sichuan peppercorns. Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, is the green machine of the …

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Can Speech Inflict Harm?

The question of when and how speech can inflict actual harm and how heavily to weigh such wounds is vexing. If denigrating messages are repeated and pervasive, they can cause psychological damage. But the bruising power of speech hinges on the context, the speaker, and the listener. There are many …

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A Sense Of Place

Try this with a mirror. Hold your arm out in front of you, point your index finger and then touch your nose. Presumably you bent your arm and your finger reached your nose without any issue. Now, close your eyes and repeat the action of touching your nose. Again, presumably …

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Respecting the Time and Space of Others

Most workplaces have common items and places that are shared by all employees. For example, it is common to have a break room with tables, a microwave, coffee pots, water, and a refrigerator. Your company is gracious enough to provide these items to add some convenience to your break and …

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