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Steph Thompson is the Founder and Executive Director of arts education resource InspireCorps (www.InspireCorps.org) and a freelance writer. A former Advertising Age reporter, Ms. Thompson writes the Fearless Parenting column for The Brooklyn Paper and has written for The New York Post and Babble.com and has appeared on CNN and Fox & Friends.

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The Best Way to Arm and Engage Kids Is With Arts

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 3:25 PM

He was a fighter, this one, I could see it in his eyes.

Bored easily, passionate when lit.

When I see them, this kind of human, I know I need to step it up.

"Have you ever read The Little Prince?" I asked. Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic...

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Give Arts, Not Tests: Metrics Make Failures Out of Fabulous Kids

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 4:44 PM

To see students and teachers often at odds dancing together in the aisles to the rhythmic beats of a local musician; to see a kid who's usually fighting take up a colored pencil and learn to draw a car with a local illustrator; to hear a super bright boy who...

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Arts Brings Joy to Learning

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 11:33 AM

With all the complicated metrics and assessments that make up education these days, what is often lost are basic fundamentals, like joy.

Why not just rigorously enforce the principles of math and science, hammer home equations and facts repetitively until a child can regurgitate them in their sleep?

Because...

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My Top 10 Parenting Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 4:30 PM

The list of things I want to work on about my parenting in 2014 is long. I'll fess up to the top 10. I'll make copies for my kids or give them the URL to offer up to their future therapists to show at least I was AWARE of my...

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No Connection. But Is It Really the Technology?

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 5:28 PM

Imagine dogs in the park texting instead of barking. Imagine that instead of sniffing out each other's privates, they just tweeted one another or "liked" one another on Facebook. Imagine if they never nuzzled noses.

Of all the "screen time" horror stories I've heard, what hits me hardest about...

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How to Inspire Kids? Show, Don't Tell

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 12:22 PM

I want to inspire my kids.

Even as I write the words, though, I am cowed. I can just see them cover their ears and roll their eyes, hear their various protests.

"BORING lecture..." The older one might say.

"Hey Mom!" The younger one might shout, to make me...

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How to Tell a Story That Needs to Be Told

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 6:20 PM

It is official: you are better off letting your kids watch How I Met Your Mother than the evening news. I reaffirmed this assessment shortly after I attended a conference on the power of the narrative at Boston University a few weeks back.

Oh, and after the bombs went off...

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In Defense of Capitalism, Hope and Freedom

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 12:26 PM

"Give us your poor, your tired, your hungry... "

It is that promise made to people from all nations that we think of when we see the long arm of Lady Liberty reaching out, holding up the welcoming torch to all wayward citizens, everywhere.

They have poured in to...

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Aging Disgracefully: Sex as Discourse

(5) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 12:07 AM

I saw him pushing his walker, on wheels, down the steep public library ramp.

"Do you need help?" I asked.

He looked up at me quizzically, his weathered face more wrinkled as he squinted against the sun, his full head of grey hair waving slightly in the wind....

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Breaking "The Rules" of Marriage, One Party At a Time

(64) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 5:18 PM

A few years back, my new friend from a writing class, I'll call her Nancy, invited me out for a drink in the West Village. Before too long, in front of a curious bartender badly pretending not to pay attention, she let on about her passionate pastime, her inclination to...

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Out There Again... If Even Just for the Night

(200) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 9:00 AM

Finding themselves newly single in their 40s, my friends have epiphanies about themselves as if they have been reborn, as if who they see in the mirror is someone new. It is not always pretty, that vision, the one they have to present to others to judge.

"My skin..." one...

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Hebrew School Dilemma

(7) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 5:09 PM

Every Monday faithfully, for years, I have brought my children to Hebrew School.

"Why?" a friend asked once, innocuously enough, a few years back. I got angry.

"Why? Why? Because we're Jewish..." I'd said.

I argued, afterward, to others, over-explaining when mostly people couldn't care less, that...

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Status Update: Can You Save Me?

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 12:42 PM

My Facebook is a cemetery of once and would-be lovers, souls that, at one time, could have saved me. Could they still?

When I first reconnected, or even now, occasionally, a voice from the dead says I look great or that my kids are cute. Thanks, I say. What else...

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Answer to Health: Love

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2011 | 2:40 PM

I wrote about packaged-goods marketing and the impact of food on health for more than a decade, typed the words "obesity crisis" so many times I thought my fingers might bleed. But what this country needs to do to improve its health and stem the tide of rising healthcare costs...

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America Sits Idly By

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 10:28 AM

"A fearful society is easier to govern," my friend said sadly one day over lunch recently, in town, in New York, from Cambodia. She has run free elections all over Asia, tried to instill democracy in places where there are dictatorships, tried to give voice to the voiceless.

I...

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The Hard Answer to Why it Happened in Tucson

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 4:52 AM

The easy answer to the recent shooting in Tucson would be to say it's Arizona's loose gun-control laws that let it happen, that if maybe the NRA-loving Conservative Cowboys in the Wild West would keep it in their holsters, young Jared Loughner wouldn't have been able to ruin his own...

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