Teaching

PowerPoint is the scourge of critical thinking. It encourages fragmented logic by the briefer and passivity in the listener. Only a verbal narrative that logically connects a succinct problem statement using rational thinking can develop sound solutions. PowerPoint is excellent for displaying data; but it makes us stupid when applied to critical thinking. Mattis, Jim […]

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Reading is an honor and a gift from a warrior or historian who—a decade or a thousand decades ago—set aside time to write. He distilled a lifetime of campaigning in order to have a “conversation” with you. We have been fighting on this planet for ten thousand years; it would be idiotic and unethical to […]

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Where have all the activists gone? The Varsity By Anna Osterberg Published: 7:28 pm, 17 May 2019

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My brother Mica was recently on the radio in New Zealand, describing his teaching experience and plans to live and teach in Aukland for at least two years.

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If the plan to finish the PhD by the end of August holds — along with the pattern of never getting a summer TA position — this batch of second year political science papers will be the last undergraduate essay grading I ever do. That would be most welcome. While there is a nurturing sort […]

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Make students feel their time has been used well Give them an opportunity to comment on an important topic Deepen their understanding of concepts necessary for success in their papers and exams Point them to ideas beyond the scope of the course, but which they can look into on their own Make everyone feel respected

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today we have a set of such prophecies and for all the average person understands they may just as well have emanated from the delphic oracle

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In life generally I am embarrassingly bad at keeping track of people with whom I’ve had only limited interaction. There are many people who I remember visually and may even know something about, but who I cannot name. There are probably even more people who look vaguely familiar, but for whom I couldn’t say if […]

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Even at Google collaborative skills matter more than technical ones: In 2013, Google decided to test its hiring hypothesis by crunching every bit and byte of hiring, firing, and promotion data accumulated since the company’s incorporation in 1998. Project Oxygen shocked everyone by concluding that, among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, […]

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Here are a couple of interesting journalistic accounts of complex modern board games: Table-top generals In the world of role-playing war games, Volko Ruhnke has become a hero They both emphasize games that seek to accurately model military conflicts, particularly “A Distant Plain“, which is about the post-2001 intervention in Afghanistan. A few years ago, […]

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