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(Following is the text of a little chapel talk I was asked to give a while back). First, a translation: Esse quam videri means “to be, rather than to seem.” We might also say, “To be rather than to appear to be,” or “value the authentic over the superficial”. It’s a great motto and I … Continue reading On Being and Seeming
I was asked to contribute a little talk to a school assembly on the theme of being an outsider, so this is what I said: One late-summer Saturday when I was about twenty-two years old, I found myself standing at the checkout counter of a grocery store in rural Missouri, feeling very suddenly and … Continue reading On Being an Outsider
Anyone evaluating the role of Advanced Placement (AP) history in a school’s curriculum ought consider the following questions: What are the central aims of a good history class? What sort of history class would you want to take? What should the promotion of critical thinking and intellectual rigor look like in a history classroom? Photo … Continue reading AP History: The Wrong Kind of Rigor
“Good teaching is as much about passion as it is about reason. … It’s about caring for your craft, having a passion for it, and conveying that passion to everyone, most importantly to your students.” --Richard LeBlanc, York University If you work anywhere near a school, you’re probably accustomed to hearing people praised for, or … Continue reading Please Don’t Call Me “Passionate”