Category Archives: shit we have no idea about

Grades

Grades are a bad system. Before I began teaching, and even for a while after, I considered being against grades to be the philosophical realm of kumbaya-singing hippies (by the way, why is that song such a strong cliché associated … Continue reading

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Teacher Evaluation

One of the biggest, if not the biggest, controversy in education in the US is about standardized testing. And specifically, using standardized testing to evaluate K-12 teachers. Intelligent people, whether supporters or detractors, generally agree that good teaching can be … Continue reading

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Cost Disease in Education

At Slate Star Codex, Scott Alexander writes a post on a pretty important question: why do things cost so much more these days, without there being any particular benefit to the average person? Like he mentions, there are many people … Continue reading

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Protesting Pipelines is Worthwhile

Trudeau approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline among others today, and of course the ongoing fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline keeps making the news for the brutal treatment of protestors by police. These are fights that I think activism can … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize

Should Bob Dylan Have Won the Nobel Prize in Literature?   No.

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The Cinematographer’s Apprentice

My first memory is of an illness. I am lying in a room with a political world map on the wall, and a big blue hot water bottle is being brought for me. My second memory is of moving. We … Continue reading

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How should Canada vote?

—Uhh, Zolltan, I hate to break it to you, but you’re a little late with this one —No, actually, I’m early So we had an election recently in Canada. The Liberals and Trudeau made a bunch of promises on how, if … Continue reading

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