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Helping student write is the key (and that means teaching what plagiarism is and how to avoid it!)
Originally posted on April Yamasaki:
A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair at The New York Times – This documentary premiers on May 4, 2014 on PBS, including an exclusive interview with the journalist at the centre of the controversy.
Plagiarism.org – If this website had existed back when I was teaching English, I would have recommended it to my students as a useful resource.
The Real Problem with Mark Driscoll’s ‘Citation Errors’ - okay, so it wasn’t plagiarism, it was the fault of the research assistant/ghost writer?
No stigma for mental illness!
Originally posted on TED Blog:
A professor with schizophrenia
Elyn Saks has chronic schizophrenia, and she is a professor of law, psychology and psychiatry at USC. She might have spent her life in the back ward of a hospital, but that’s not what happened.
She starts by telling of the time when Dr. White, her doctor after she graduated from law school, was getting ready to leave his practice. The idea of losing his care hit her hard, and she had a break. A good friend came to help, and reading from her journal, she says, “I opened the door to my studio apartment. Steve would later tell me that all the times he had seen me psychotic, nothing would prepare him for what he saw that day.” She describes a crumbling world, with voices saying: “Tell the clocks to stop. Time is. Time has come.”
She’s here to tell us her story. This is, she hastens to add…
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Joe Bonamassa: played at the Saroyan Theater in Fresno, CA. I attended his concert and it was great! The energy, the music, his complete mastery of the guitar and his band, especially the drummer, made for an awesome 2 hour concert. He started on time and played the entire 2 hours, even though he gave his drummer, keyboard player and other guitarist a break!
He’s even better live! I attended his concert at the Tower Theater on February 17. Amazing guitarist and a caring human being!
A recent study about pain attempts to debunk the commonly held belief that women have a higher pain tolerance than men. In a recent blog post, Dan Ariely, reported on a study whose conclusion, based on patients’ self reports, that women rate pain 20% higher than men.
To me, this does not debunk the commonly held belief about women and pain primarily because these are self reports. Women may be more willing to admit pain & less willing to “tough it out.” Second, men may be willing to underreport the amount of pain in order to not seem weak. So I continue to agree with Dr. Ariel’s teacher that women have a higher tolerance for pain.
I happened to turn on the news yesterday morning and watched in amazement while President Obama released additional birth certificate documents.
It is disheartening to see that important issues, among those, helping students develop skills to become critical thinkers so that they can help manage issues now and in the future, have been disregarded by media figures who persist in attacking the president through subtle and not so subtle challenges to the President’s bona fides. It smacks of the type of racism that is most difficult to combat-racism that is covered in a veneer of civility. The following video from Rachel Maddow’s show The racist roots of ‘birtherism.‘
I hope that this is the end of challenges to President Obama’s bona fides. It is a very frustrating and sobering look at education’s failure to educate media and the public about a true critical analysis and debate.
I must admit that I feel trepidation whenever I have to/need to/want to make a change or do something differently. Yet I tend to embrace the change if it is something that I think will help me do my job better. That’s especially so because teaching and improving learning is somewhat imprecise and isn’t represented by a tangible object that can be easily measured.
It’s interesting to watch others’ response to proposed change. The variations in response always surprise me, even though by now I should expect it. Although I think of educators as thinkers and innovators, not all are. Many are content to do what they’ve always done, just as others in non-education fields can be content.
A colleague once told me that when we redesign courses, we should not only look at those courses where the failure rate is high. We should also examine the courses (especially when they are the same courses) where the pass rate is extremely high. The issue might be that the standards in the course where the pass rate is extremely high either have answers that can be passed along or that that particular instructor is not holding students to high standards.