Category Archives: Education

Bad news from my alma matter

Shorewood High School, where I spent four relatively happy years, is in a bit of hot water about a “profane” word in the annual literary magazine, Imprints — a magazine to which I faithfully contributed, I think, three out of … Continue reading

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Multiple Literacies

One of my pet loves is the study of multiple literacies and how to encourage them in kids. I’m currently working with Ethan on the subject of commercials and how and why they work, especially on kids. One thing I … Continue reading

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Newsflash: Abstinence-Only Ed Misleads

Thanks, WaPo, for this shocker: A government Web site intended to help parents and teenagers make “smart choices about their health and future” includes inaccurate or misleading information that may alienate some families or prompt riskier behavior, according to a … Continue reading

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Crazy good news…

I got into NYU Law!! NYU has been my dream lawschool since my freshman year as an NYU undergrad, when I used to walk by the main law school building every day and stare longingly at it. I’m genuinely surprised … Continue reading

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Reading, Writing, Retailing

Dave Eggers (who I have a huge lit-crush on) co-authors a great op/ed in the New York Times about the teaching profession. It is completely ridiculous, he asserts, that teachers are so under-paid that they often have to take on … Continue reading

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All Things Come From Whoops

I am working on putting together and refining a five minute story to be told for an American Sign Language exam tomorrow. Chuck, my evil and competent classmate, is great at this stuff (as well he should be, writing his … Continue reading

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Free speech

I know I should stop reading conservative commentary, because I only get irritated at the total lack of common sense, but I can’t help it. Today’s winner of the “what are you talking about?” award has to go to Debra … Continue reading

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The Godless Professor

Right-leaning New York rags like the Sun and the Daily News are all up in arms about the possible appointment of an atheist to chair the sociology department at Brooklyn College. Katha Pollitt takes on the issue beautifully. The professor, … Continue reading

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Sex ed, ’50s style

Not only are young people today getting indoctrinated with abstinence-only miseducation, but the videos they’re watching in health class come from the days of the Feminine Mystique. (Let me quickly add that this article is kind of irritating. I’m pretty … Continue reading

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The 10 most harmful books of the 19th and 20th centuries

Because book burning isn’t a bad thing, is it? The list is topped by The Communist Manifesto — which, apparently, is even worse than Mein Kamf. Huh. Forget that, even if you disagree with the Communist Manifesto, it’s still a … Continue reading

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Should parents be allowed to sit in on sex ed classes?

This woman tried, and was turned away. While I’m sympathetic to her cause — she didn’t want her child being misinformed by fact-deficient abstinence-only education — I think that as a general rule, it’s not a good idea to have … Continue reading

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Fun With Intelligent Design

This Alternet article gives some helpful hints to science teachers forced to teach intelligent design in addition to evolution: Intelligent design is not creationism per se. It holds that higher forms of life are so complex they must have been … Continue reading

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