Monthly Archives: September 2011

Meanings: Facebook

September 29, 2011

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Meanings: Fault vs. Responsibility

September 29, 2011 What’s the difference between finding fault and taking responsibility? According to Rick Ackerly, “Fault looks back, and responsibility looks forward.”  He’s talking about how to think about the parent-teacher relationship in k-12 education. He adds, “Taking responsibility … Continue reading

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Controversy About Kindness

September 27, 2011 I rarely think that what happens at Harvard is very telling about higher education; it’s a place too rarefied and too well resourced to tell us much.  But the opening of this fall semester has brought a … Continue reading

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Meanings: the Oxford Comma

September 26, 2011 When you are listing a series of items in a sentence, you separate them with commas, but should there be a comma after “and” and before the last item in a series?  Most Americans are taught to … Continue reading

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Admitting the Pathologies of Admissions

September 8, 2011 Worth reading:  a new report “The Case for Change in College Admissions: A Call for Individual and Collective Leadership.” It’s the summary of a conference co-sponsored by the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice and … Continue reading

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Meanings “Gang”

September 1, 2011 “Gang” has mostly unsavory overtones, and so I was especially curious about its etymology when my third-grade son came home from his new school talking about being drawn into a gang of boys that did things together … Continue reading

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Mathematics for Everyone

September 1, 2011 Sol Garfunkel and David Mumford have a very stimulating piece in today’s New York Times about “How to Fix Our Math Education.” Here’s the basic proposition: Imagine replacing the sequence of algebra, geometry and calculus with a … Continue reading

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