Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Student Comment on Gender, Bias, and the Socratic Method

A former undergraduate student of mine read my Poker Chips in the Classroom post and wrote to share her thoughts. This weekend I was in [city Q] visiting [prestigious law school X]… [and] while I was there over the weekend, I … Continue reading

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Why Won’t He Clean? Sharing Authority Might be Part of the Problem

The Atlantic, as always, weighed in on the Mommy Wars today, in the wake of the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In.  It has a nice, crowd-sourced, hook: I asked a few ambitious, heterosexual working mothers I know to send … Continue reading

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I’m not a Lawyer… Weighing in on Obama’s Defense of Killing Americans Abroad

The New York Times ran a story yesterday that provides an account of the Obama Administration’s legal justification for its drone strike killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the first US citizen to be so executed.  The recent leak of a US Justice Department … Continue reading

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Poker Chips in the Classroom

One of the rewarding things about teaching is positively impacting young peoples’ lives.  I have written about Pat Murphy, one of the teachers who had a positive impact on me.  Other than letting them know, all we can do is pay … Continue reading

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Orwell on why domination of other human beings makes one a tyrant

The passage is from George Orwell’s short story “Shooting an Elephant” (1936): They were watching me as they would watch a conjurer about to perform a trick. They did not like me, but with the magical rifle in my hands … Continue reading

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John Brown’s Final Speech, December, 1859

John Brown, American abolitionist, who, after failing to persuade Frederick Douglass to accompany him on his raid of a federal armory in Harpers Ferry, VA, undertook the raid, but was captured by Colonel Robert E. Lee. A few months later … Continue reading

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New York City: Where Great Films are Shot

Over the weekend I watched Taxi Driver for the first time since the mid-1980s.  I was amazed how much of the plot I had forgotten, to say nothing of the actors in the film.  I had not forgotten, however, how … Continue reading

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