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The Case for Getting Hit

"It ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.... That's how winning is done!” -Rocky Balboa You probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that I have some very paternal, protective instincts when it comes to the kids I teach. So it was hard for me -- counterintuitive, actually -- as I found myself telling one such student, a grade school-aged girl, that I thought the best thing for her was to get punched and kicked a bit. No, I didn't give her the Rocky Balboa speech, which also includes the observation that "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permane

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