Sometimes you just have to write…

When does it end for victims of bullying?

Where are the perpetrators? They must also be us.

December 14, 2013 · 2 Comments


  If I hear one more person say “But you teachers get such nice long vacations!” I think I’ll scream! Yes, we get long vacations: I have five weeks this … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

E is for Education (or, how to improve the quality of any educational system in the world in three easy steps)

  Here is another “modest proposal” to add to the one about teenage boys that I wrote a while back. Everyone, in just about every country in the world, thinks … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · 5 Comments

D is for derivative (literature, not financial instruments!)

Yesterday I asked my graduating students for suggestions as to what books I should or should not assign to next year’s group. In the course of the discussion one of … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · 3 Comments

Why I was in Barcelona

  Is faith a way of knowing? Should “indigenous knowledge systems” be considered an area of knowledge, like the natural sciences or history? Is a “global impression” model of assessment … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · 1 Comment


Yes, this is an example of procrastination: I’m avoiding what I have to do by writing a blog post about not doing what I have to do. There’s a whole … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · 4 Comments

It’s all in the wrist

I’ve expressed my doubts about exams before. And here I am, writing this blog entry, as, again, I make my students suffer through an exam. Actually, this isn’t the real … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment


“She’s a scatterbrain, but what a brilliant teacher!”

February 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Karma and “selfless” acts

Every workplace has some form of unofficial point system….It’s like karma: “what goes around comes around.”

January 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Avoidance Behaviour

I’ve stopped working and started writing about how I’ve stopped working.

January 27, 2013 · Leave a comment