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Homa Sabet Tavangar
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Homa Sabet Tavangar is the author of Growing up Global: Raising Children to Be at Home in the World (Ballantine/Random House), the mother of three children ages 7 to 17, and a frequent speaker on global perspectives to corporations and K-12 communities. See her recent TEDx Talk. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter and visit Growing Up Global

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When the Thought Police Come for You

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 8:38 PM

With a heavy heart, I share the following personal account by my cousin, Mark Towfiq (Twitter: @towfiq), in response to the arrest of our cousin, Shahriar Cyrus, in Iran last week. Thank you for considering the plight of those whose basic human rights are denied each day, around...

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The Confederate Flag and the Oneness of Humanity - A Baha'i View

(8) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 12:23 PM

As the Confederate flag of South Carolina goes down - literally and figuratively - and others, like Mississippi's and Alabama's, and even previously revered collectibles like the famed Dukes of Hazzard General Lee Confederate Matchbox Car, fall with it in rapid succession, many of us stand in awe...

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Use Twitter to Create a Global Classroom

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 10:36 AM

Don't let @justinbieber ruin it for you. With 59.8 million Twitter followers as of this writing, the hype around J-Biebs is exactly what drives thoughtful people to run in the opposite direction of a powerful tool for learning and connecting. While some teachers have told me, "I'd never waste my...

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When a Thought of War Comes, Oppose It By a Stronger Thought of Peace: Baha'i Inspiration Amidst Disunity

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 5:56 PM

I join millions worldwide to mourn the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, not because I knew him or that community personally, but because injustice committed toward this youth is an injustice to us all. This issue is complex, touching on interpretations of the letter of the law, a...

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Teach Kids About Africa as if Our Lives Depend Upon It -- and Maybe They Do

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 9:29 PM

On top of the shear panic unleashed by the spread of the Ebola virus from West Africa, an astonishing amount of ignorance has reared its ugly head. As some have commented, this ignorance may be more dangerous to millions of people than the actual virus, and the unfamiliarity...

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6 Teachable Lessons From 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winners

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 3:52 PM

Waiting for my coffee to brew at dawn on October 10 I got an instant jolt scanning news on my phone when I saw the headline Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

My heart did somersaults as my brain tried processing the information. I almost...

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Talking to My 10-Year-Old About the Kidnapping of Nigerian School Girls: #BringBackOurGirls

(4) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 6:12 PM

Beyond our usual "what's the best thing that happened to you today" conversation at dinnertime, we've added some social media sharing -- talking about a video or story that's gone viral that day. Our first time watching Pharrell's "Happy" or Kid President's Pep Talk came after...

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This Is What a Holy Day Celebration Looks Like

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 1:47 PM

When the operatic tenor of the young Peruvian man, David (pronounced dah-VEED), whom I had just met at the door, projected throughout the packed, large room with his confident rendering of portions of Handel's Messiah, I had to strain my neck to see that it was really him, accompanied by...

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5 Reasons the First Indian-American Crowned Miss America Represents Best Aspirations for Modern America

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 4:21 PM

I didn't watch Miss America, but now I wish I had. Monday morning I woke up to a fascinating news feed about backlash on the winner, Miss New York, an Indian-American, and a first. But just as her mascara-punctuated tears began to flow as the tiara graced her perfect coif,...

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Youth Can Move the World: Just Ask Uncle Kracker

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 12:50 PM

I'm a new fan of country singer, Uncle Kracker -- ever since my little cousin, Iman, starred in his latest video, "Blue Skies", as the take-charge, kid director. As my family has gotten a kick out of showing the video to friends, I've thought more and more about...

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An Anniversary of Celestial Proportions: Sally Ride and Mona Mahmoudnizhad

(2) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 1:23 PM

I've been feeling very sentimental. My youngest daughter "graduated" from elementary school this week, just on the heels of her big sister graduating from high school; and the eldest is home briefly from a successful year in college. When I opened my computer expecting to see photos of 10-year-olds from...

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From Boston: A World Citizen's Reflection During Lockdown

(4) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 1:10 PM

I have a cousin who continually inspires me, and who happens to be a life-long Bostonian. She lives close enough to the shootings in Watertown that they woke her up at night, and as I write this, I learn that my brother and his wife can hear sirens in their...

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Happy Nowruz to All!

(7) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 1:11 PM

I'm having a holiday sensory overload today. It's International Day of Happiness. It's the Spring Equinox. It's the New Year for Persians who have celebrated this holiday for thousands of years. And it's the last day of the Baha'i Fast, marking the New Year, or Nowruz (Persian for New Year)...

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Love, Not Fear, After Newtown

(11) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 12:06 PM

The day after the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn., at the busy Trader Joe's near my home in Pennsylvania, a well-dressed, middle-aged man behind me in line had a large button on that read "Freedom First. NRA." I couldn't ignore it and asked him: "Has anyone commented on that button...

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A Teachable Moment About the U.S. Election -- Thanks to Foreign News

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 7:16 PM

Driving this morning with my 9-year-old and half-listening to the BBC news on the radio yielded a nice, teachable moment. They advertised their round-the-clock election coverage of the U.S. presidential race. It sounded momentous and a little urgent. I took their tone for granted, but I'm glad my daughter, Sophia,...

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How a World Map Can Feed the Spirit and the Body

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 4:44 PM

When I excitedly opened the cardboard tube containing the new Children Inspire Design map delivered to my door, my first reaction was perplexity. The world map had no countries identified on it, but did have whimsical animals and people. What's the good of a map without, at minimum,...

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Raising Kids Who Care

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 7:04 PM

It was one of those mornings when I was in a hurry, but the universe had other plans. I sat my groggy 4-year-old down with a buttered bagel so I could rush to get ready while she ate, but when I came running back to her, I saw that she...

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5 Easy Tips to Connect with Nature and the World During the 2012 Olympics -- and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 3:26 PM

Imagine if the children of leaders from Iran, North Korea, the United States and Cuba could meet in a park far away from political posturing and just play outside, where they might invent a version of "tag" or a relay race involving water, balls, racing back and forth and cheering...

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Dear Southwest Airlines, Our Children Are Paying Attention, Stop Degrading 50% of the Population

(10) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 12:39 PM

More and more people are recognizing the exploitation of women's images in the media and the impact it can have on our daughters -- and our sons. They are pushing back, not gonna take it anymore. I am impressed by the mainstream embrace of courageous campaigns, like my local Costco's...

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Parenting 2.0: Raising A Compassionate, Innovative Citizen Of The World, Not The 'Next Steve Jobs

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 2:17 PM

If parents want to raise children who rise to the top in the hyper-competitive global economy, whether the goal is to out-innovate, out-smart, out-shine their contemporaries or to create lasting change for a better world, what will it take? A new book, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young...

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