Subversive Stories Are Good for You

From "Books Challenged and/or Banned 2012-2013". Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

It’s Banned Books Week! I’ve enjoyed or learned from a lot of subversive gems. How many of these have you read?

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Encouraging Quotes for Back to School Blues

back to school by jesuscm (CC BY-NC-ND)

For free spirits dreading the grind of school, some encouraging words from sympathetic souls.

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Six Fun Ways to Learn Something New

child Head by Charly W. Karl (CC BY-ND)

Forget about textbooks and teachers’ dirty looks. It’s time to have some fun.

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Ethics of Avoidance

MAI PIU' by maxgiani (CC BY-NC-ND)

Bearing witness to history, even when it hurts.

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Crap Detection in School

When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school... by Mashthetics (CC BY-NC-SA)

To live a fulfilling life you need to learn crap detection. School doesn’t teach it (though it gives you endless opportunities to practice).

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Puppy Lessons

Elphaba Sky. All rights reserved.

Elphaba teaches me healthy animal behavior I unlearned early. Lesson #1: It’s okay to make a mistake—that’s how you learn a boundary.

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