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Risk-Taking and the Celebration of Failure

By Teresa Irene Gonzales I teach at a small liberal arts institution. As part of the college’s ethos, we believe in working with students to focus on a holistic education that fosters creativity, critical thinking, civic engagement, and social justice....
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