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At the Blue School, Kindergarten Curriculum Includes Neurology

Young children at the Blue School learn about “the amygdala hijack” — what happens to their brains when they flip out. Teachers try to get children into a “toward state,” in which they are open to new ideas. Periods of reflection are built into the day for students and teachers alike, because reflection helps executive function — the ability to process information in an orderly way, focus on tasks and exhibit self-control.

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Erin Anderson paints with oils on copper sheets, strategically using negative space to incorporate her surface's glimmering texture into her compositions. Her portraits are realistic and straig...

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