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One Friday morning when my class was reading the local newspaper and sipping cocoa in the cafeteria, the school secretary walked by, on her way to get coffee. "What are you doing?" she inquired, genuinely interested. There was a wealth of information given to her. She was told about the 100 donated newspapers that were distributed to every 7th grader that morning. She learned about sports scores in the National League, which comic strip was the best that day, and, upon giving her opinion on a front-page article, she evoked a debate on the controversial issue of capital punishment.
A few years ago, I received a letter from a woman who was working on a book about a progressive educator. She said she was considering devoting a chapter of her manuscript to a discussion of a program called Assertive Discipline, which was at best only indirectly related to her subject.
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