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Smarter than a 6th grader? I don’t think so. Yesterday, I witnessed my son reading a selection from John Burroughs’ The Art of Seeing Things, the 19th century American naturalist who helped popularize the U.S. conservation movement. And, I was caught off guard by the clarity and beauty of this author’s writing. But, just as...

Smarter than a 6th grader? I don’t think so. Yesterday, I witnessed my son reading a selection from John Burroughs’ The Art of Seeing Things, the 19th century American naturalist who helped popularize the U.S. conservation movement. And, I was caught off guard by the clarity and beauty of this author’s writing. But, just as...

Romantic poet, amateur orientalist, prolific essayist and speaker (author of “Nature,” “Self-Reliance,” and “The American Scholar,” to name a few), and a leader of the Transcendentalist movement: these are but a few of the descriptors necessary to capture the contribution of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), on this anniversary of his death. Not a few schools have...

Romantic poet, amateur orientalist, prolific essayist and speaker (author of “Nature,” “Self-Reliance,” and “The American Scholar,” to name a few), and a leader of the Transcendentalist movement: these are but a few of the descriptors necessary to capture the contribution of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), on this anniversary of his death. Not a few schools have...