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What is the habit of rejection? Why does Paley want to correct it?

What do you think of the older classes' reaction to the rule? To what extent are their reactions plausible?

Do you think the "You Can't Say You Can't Play" rule is fair or unfair? Give reasons on both sides and then argue for the side you prefer.

Do you think the imposition of the "You Can't Say You Can't Play" rule could work in Kindergarten classes generally? If so, why? If not, why not?

What advantages does Paley think the "You Can't Say You Can't Play" rule has over a simple "Don't be mean" rule? Do you agree with Paley?

List two purposes of the Magpie story. What does Paley intend to accomplish with it?

In the story, discuss three of the characters and who they represent.

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