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Seth Freeman

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The Challenge of Hospital Safety: A Success Story

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 4:00 PM

The nurse heard the helicopter before she saw it, appearing abruptly over the tree tops, then settling onto the roof of the UCLA Medical Center. She took the ice chest with the donated liver and rushed to the operating room where the patient, who would not survive without a transplant,...

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Hope for Literacy -- and for Women

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 11:08 AM

Unless a volcano erupts or an earthquake hits, Guatemala is not a country often mentioned in North American news or very much in the consciousness of people north of the border. A few months ago, before traveling to Guatemala in March, I was among those who couldn't have told you...

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Drafted to Teach Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 6:24 PM

Can writing be taught? I have always been skeptical. So it was with a certain ungracious wariness that I allowed myself to be drafted into participating as a mentor in a weekend workshop on writing for former and current members of our armed forces. The workshop was sponsored by the...

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Gifted and At-Risk

(11) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 4:38 PM

If things had gone as they should, in 2016, Charlie Miller would have found a way to reduce the battery in an electronic car to one tenth of its current size and weight while quadrupling its storage capacity. In 2018, Jenny Rodriguez would have developed a compound that binds to...

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The Best Teachers Left Behind, Part II

(15) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 6:42 PM

A few years ago I wrote about the strange experience of my cousin Paula, a history teacher in a Los Angeles public high school, who had been branded as "unqualified" in a letter from the principal of her school sent to the parents of her students. Paula, who had an...

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The Best Teachers Left Behind

(33) Comments | Posted December 4, 2007 | 4:59 PM

Before I became a television writer I briefly taught school -- math to second and fourth graders in northern California, then math, English and drama in a private high school in Washington, D.C. I have had the rare opportunity to observe, close up, an untrained teacher in action -- me.

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