Category Archives: Literature

Petrarch, Boccaccio and the Road to Latin Becoming a Dead Language

An aspect of the Humanist movement is that they emphasized the work of the past, but also favored writing in contemporary languages. Petrarch and Boccaccio get credit for their decision to write in Italian, rather than Latin, among the first … Continue reading

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George Eliot on slang

Every now and then, I come across an argument in a centuries old book that still feels fresha and relevant. From George Eliot’s Middlemarch. “Are you beginning to dislike slang, then?” said Rosamond, with mild gravity. “Only the wrong sort. … Continue reading

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5 Series Where Anything Goes

One of the things I like about Doctor Who┬áis that the story engine basically allows the series to tell any kind of story in any setting. The basic conceit is that in every episode, an ancient time traveler and his … Continue reading

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Effects of Shared Curriculla

This was an incident I observed while shadowing a teacher (let’s call her Ms. Smith) for mandatory observation houts. In the school, there was a decree that everyone in the seventh grade read The Outsiders, even though half the students … Continue reading

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Student Notes on Dead Poets Society

These were based on some notes I took when I was doing observations in my teaching program. This was with 7th Grade classes that were watching Dead Poets Society after taking a rather exhausting statewide assessment. The observations crystallized a … Continue reading

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The Authority Who Tells You To Question All Authority: Foucault and Postmodernism

I wrote this for a class on the sociological, historical and philosophical foundations of education. Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, significant in the postmodernist movement. His writings on power and desire have been applied to education, a topic he … Continue reading

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Ten People With Surprising Oscars

I’m interested in the history of the Academy Awards, and every now and then I see some people have surprising backgrounds for Oscar winners. I’m trying to avoid the likes of F. Murray Abraham or Marlee Matlin, who are known … Continue reading

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