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Monthly Archives: November 2008
How free should free speech be?
Earlier this week there was news of the controversy at Carleton University here in Ottawa about the decision by the students association to drop its frosh week fundraiser for cystic fibrosis on the grounds that the disease is not inclusive … Continue reading
CUSA & Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser
Have you heard of or been following the controversy here in Ottawa over the Carleton University Students Association’s (CUSA) decision to drop its frosh week fundraiser for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation? The [Carleton University Students Association] motion, which passed … Continue reading
Happy Thanksgiving Day . . .
. . . to all our American readers!
Genuine Apologies (continued)
Mary Zachar in Indiana has posted a very insightful comment to my post Genuine Apologies. I’m reprinting her comment in full below to ensure that it gets the wider circulation it merits: Accepting responsibility may be lacking even in this … Continue reading
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Variously attributed to Plato, Philo of Alexandria and to John B. Watson. I haven’t been able to authenticate. I like this quotation, and especially like the variant I’ve seen … Continue reading
“How Much Do Students Study?”
Mark Bauerlein, professor of English at Emory University, has a very interesting post at Brainstorm–Lives of the Mind on this subject. According to the last National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), college teachers believe that students must do around 25 … Continue reading
A Shifting Conversation
One of the key premises in transformative practice is that there are naturally-occurring shifts in conversation moving from confusion and uncertainty to clarity and strength of self, moving from self-absorption to openness and responsiveness to the other. These shifts cycle … Continue reading
1. Balance love and limits. Be equally comfortable with loving / nurturing and setting boundaries / limits with your child. 2. Give lots of “undivided” listening attention to your child. 3. Follow your child’s “lead” (vs. directing your child). 4. … Continue reading
We all tacitly know when an apology has the ring of truth, and when it does not. We can deepen our understanding by thinking about what makes an apology not an apology. One of the simplest but most cogent analyses … Continue reading