Sally, Where are you?

I've been rummaging through boxes of old mementos, and I came across a letter from a former student of mine. Here name was Sally. That's not her real name. She's Chinese from Dalian where I spent the summer of 1993. I remember her well. She taught me to play Chinese chess, which I have since forgotten. [...]

Public Shame in Education: Some Cultures Use It

This article about a teacher being terminated for supposedly "bullying" a bully made me think about an amusing incident when I was living in Vietnam. I know nothing about the situation in the article, so I cannot comment whether the school administrators were right or not. However, the contrast in the educational philosophies between the United States [...]

Is this an opinionated question? (An example from Truman & the A-bomb)

As a teacher, sometimes I'm asked this question about the questions I ask my students: "Is this an opinionated question?" "Yes it is," I reply. "So you can't mark it off, right? It's just an opinion." "Oh no, you can most definitely get it wrong." "But how can an opinion be wrong?" "Perhaps an opinion [...]