To Bee or Not To Bee

Spelling bees bring back good memories for me, and I've written about my experiences before. I remember spending the summers after sixth and seventh grade going to our school's convent and sitting on the porch with retired Sister Miriam and practicing my spelling for an hour a day. I'm sure that's nothing compared to what … Continue reading To Bee or Not To Bee

What Am I Missing?

Today's Wall Street Journal featured a profile of Heather Mac Donald, an American political commentator, essayist, attorney, and journalist. She is currently a Thomas W. Smith Fellow of the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank. Over the years, Mac Donald has been more than willing to share her opinion on a variety of issues, including victimization, philanthropy, immigration reform, crime prevention, racism, racial profiling, rape, politics, … Continue reading What Am I Missing?

The Power of Teach for America

Today I had one of my students, who is doing an internship with Teach for America (TFA), give a five-minute presentation to our class on the TFA program and encourage students to give some thought to becoming part of the "corps". The timing could not have been better; in today's Wall Street Journal there was … Continue reading The Power of Teach for America

Wasted Opportunities

I took four years of German in high school, and did fairly well. I still remember reciting "Du bist ein gebildeter affe", which translated to "You are a conceited ape". Never really sure why that was a phrase we were learning. Anyway,  I then went to college and took German 101, since I figured it … Continue reading Wasted Opportunities