Resist the Allure of A New Beginning

The academic year’s ‘clean slate’ is actually a little dangerous.

Sophie Lucido Johnson
8 min readAug 29, 2022

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All illustrations by the author.

The beginning of the school year is seductive. You might not be a teacher, or a student, or a parent of a student, but I’m sure you can feel the energy: Everyone gets new, sharp, unchewed-on pencils! Fresh backpacks! Blank day planners! And with all this stuff comes the promise of a blank…

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