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In AP English class today a young lady told me she never knew what to think when asked for the larger meaning of a literary work, such as Shakespeare’s Othello. I suggested she not seek a ‘right’ answer but question herself as to the work’s meaning to her. What parts did she like? Was there any section that she can recall easily? Suddenly she had much to say about betrayal and its meaning to her, and then by extension to the world at large. It seemed easy all of a sudden to see a broader meaning to Othello.

This is just another version of the idea of trusting yourself – a theme I encourage in kids of all ages.

Believe that what you think, is valid. It just might be.

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