Category: Education

College Life: One Big Sex Carnival

Apparently we should return to single-sex dorms and bathrooms (which colleges have mixed-sex bathrooms?), promote marriage, and have parent-led “inspector committees” to track student sexual behavior. Because it’s not like college students are legal adults or anything. And according to…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…