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RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event – English – YouTube

Department of Homeland Security-funded video. Part of me hopes it’s more effective than the infamous “duck and cover”  cold-war films, but that’s probably the part of me this video is carefully designed to mollify. I must say the chevon design theme looks cool, and the “Run > Hide > Fight” very nicely emphasizes the hierarchy of the evidence. Note how the announcer gets really aggressive when he punches the word…

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library

Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle transformed an abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas, into a 124,500-square-foot public library, the largest single-floor public library in the United States. The design won the International Interior Design Association’s 2012 Library Interior Design Competition. MSR stripped out the old ceiling and walls of the building, gave the perimeter walls and bare warehouse ceiling a coat of white paint, and set to work adding glass-enclosed spaces, bright architectural details…

Opting Out of the ‘Rug Rat Race’

When you talk today to teachers and administrators at high-achieving high schools, this is their greatest concern: that their students are so overly protected from adversity, in their homes and at school, that they never develop the crucial ability to overcome real setbacks and in the process to develop strength of character. American children, especially those who grow up in relative comfort, are, more than ever, shielded from failure as…