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Dramatic Elements
Dramatic elements

There is a universal question that parents ask as their children arrive home from school. It has several variations, but its basic form is “What did you do in school today?” Regardless of the exact words that are used, the universal answer children give to cover all the variables is simply “Nothing.” This answer is a startling indictment of our learning system, yet it is explained out of hand with statements that range from “It's just laziness on the part of the child to keep them from having to offer a more in-depth answer” to “This is nothing but a lack of respect for the question.”

For me, however, it signals a deep problem in our educational system, and it begs another question: ...

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