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“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” William Arthur Ward Besides minor differences between various cultures and educational systems, a common characteristic among them is that each person has the right to learn. Most people have the tendency and desire to do so and they are best served by teachers who play... read more

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I'm here to tell you that MATH ANXIETY is a real phenomena. Whenever the subject of math comes up many people severally dread anything that espouses anything to do with math whatsoever. It brings legitimate fear and anxiety to people.    If this sounds like you don't worry you're not alone. But let me reassure you its not something that you have to live with. It almost sounds... read more

describe in detail the cosmopolitan principle, which Rorty defends, that the list of rights that a society should uphold depends on what is needed for that society to make progress improving the lives...

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Only you can write you. Your faith, your tastes, your culture, your humor, your philosophy on life, or your world view comes through, unless you cater to the masses and worry about whether or not others will accept you. Acceptance that matters is acceptance that lasts. Or as CS Lewis puts it, "If it's not eternal, then it's eternally worthless," though he was not ready to say that, Oxford... read more

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I recently came across this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, urging college professors to fight grade inflation in the Humanities. As a college-level Instructional Assistant, I see this all the time. Students feel that their grade in their Anthropology course should reflect only effort and completion, not the content and understanding. This a trend that is not seen in the STEM... read more

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In 399 BC, the Athenians Anytus (on behalf of the craftsmen and politicians), Meletus (on behalf of the poets), and Lycon (on behalf of the rhetoricians) brought Socrates to trial on charges of impiety and corrupting the youth of the city.  These charges may seem strange to modern ears, but there was in fact much at stake for the city of Athens.   "Impiety" This... read more

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The advertisement on Wyzant asked for my favorite quotes on education. So I feel obliged to recount them. "Education without salvation is damnation." --Bob Jones Sr, Founder of Bob Jones University Brains and education can be a fantastic thing. But, in and of itself, education is not the supreme good. It is not a goal, in and of itself. The devil is not a dummy. He is the smartest... read more

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When I was an undergraduate, I remember my first day in my introduction to philosophy class at Washington & Jefferson College, which was team-taught by David Schrader and Lloyd Mitchell (guest starring Andrew Rembert, on occasion). The course was subtitled “Beginning the Conversation,” and the two professors introduced the material on the first day by characterizing philosophy as an ongoing... read more

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Alex made my day today. He passed the Global History and Geography Regents Exam!! Let me tell you a little bit about Alex. When I first met him, he came to tutoring two hours late. The next day an 11/2 late. He was on time on the third day, but by the next week it was back to being Alex. He did not show up for tutoring nor did he call. He would do assignments if he felt like it. There was always... read more

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