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Patty Kleban

Patty Kleban is an instructor at Penn State, mother of three and a community volunteer. She is a Penn State Alumna. Readers of State College Magazine voted her Best Writer of 2010 and 2012. She and her family live in Patton Township. Her views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State.

Articles by Patty Kleban

Life Skills and Why Today's Kids Can't Fix Things
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Life Skills and Why Today's Kids Can't Fix Things
32 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
They are better at technology but, despite being a generation focused on sustainability and “recycle and reuse,” they don’t know how to fix things. The skills we need and value in today’s society is quite different from those of the past. [Read More]
Binge Watching: Television's Impact on Modern Society
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Binge Watching: Television's Impact on Modern Society
33 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The impact of the television in the American household is undeniable. Television, not only what we watch but how many hours we watch, has had a tremendous impact on our culture, our health, and our relationships. [Read More]
Changing the Way We Teach
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Changing the Way We Teach
34 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The cost of providing an “education” goes beyond reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. Perhaps if our legislators spent some time in a classroom, they might be more motivated to compromise. [Read More]
Millienials: They Aren't All Marshmallows
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Millienials: They Aren't All Marshmallows
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
They’ve been called the Marshmallow Millenials. The wrapped in cotton generation. The generation who won a trophy for just showing up and were told that they were extra special. I call foul. I was once again reminded of how awesome this generation of young adults can be. [Read More]
Conflict is Good
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Conflict is Good
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Donald Trump’s outrageous statements and positions serve a purpose. He is pulling people out of their comfort zones and getting people to talk -- including our political candidates and our elected officials. Conflict and disagreement, if managed appropriately, are both healthy and expected. [Read More]
Man's Best Friend
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Man's Best Friend
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The human-canine relationship is one that goes back centuries. Since almost the beginning of man, we have domesticated those animals that were formerly wild and allowed them to come into our shelters and provide us with protection, assistance, and companionship. [Read More]
A Tale of One City
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A Tale of One City
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Those of us who live in the safety of Happy Valley have difficulty putting ourselves in the shoes of those communities on the South Side of Chicago. Can you imagine a child killed by an adult to avenge a gang death in State College? [Read More]
Lost in Translation
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Lost in Translation
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
With the recent events that have taken place across the United States and in places like Paris, Beirut, and Kenya, I’m not so sure that humans are doing a very good job translating the language and communication of others humans. [Read More]
The Paris Attacks, ISIS, Politics, and Motivation
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The Paris Attacks, ISIS, Politics, and Motivation
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
People are who motivated to the point that they are willing to sacrifice their own lives because of their hate for our way of life are not going to be brought down with political speeches. [Read More]
The Empty Nest Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
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The Empty Nest Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
42 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The empty nest isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. With the departure of my older two and the “he’s never here” status of their younger brother, the size and silence of our empty nest has become almost deafening. [Read More]
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