Category: education

Teachers At It Again!

April 24th, 2014
Like clockwork, BC public school teachers seem to be at it again in their latest cycle of job actions meant to impress the government that they are intent on getting a settlement. In my tenure as a teacher, I went through six of these strikes and withdr… more »

A Complaint Not Based in Law

April 11th, 2014
Today is red-letter day for Trinity Western University, a private Christian liberal arts college in Langley, BC. The BC Law Society has assembled to consider the validity of a complaint by a gay rights group, Leaf, that contends that TWU should not be a… more »

Yet Another Essay: How Should We Live?

April 9th, 2014
There are many ways to live life so that we can derive some value and pleasure from it in the short term and over the long haul. Each requires a commitment that seeks and ultimately achieves a balance between realizing personal ambitions and helping oth… more »

A Case For and Against Moral Relativism - An Essay on Meta-ethics

March 10th, 2014
Moral relativism generally believes that all cultural and religious belief systems are acceptable and valid even if they don't agree with each other. Those who favour the relativistic position do so generally from a desire to either tolerate opposing vi… more »

Steve Fuller's "Kuhn vs. Popper"- Realism vs. Anti-Realism

March 8th, 2014
It has taken me some time to consume and process the contents of this clever little study and guidebook on the 'soul' of modern science. Since taking a couple of courses this winter on public morality and philosophy I feel better prepared to comment on… more »

A Dishonest Bargaining Position?

March 4th, 2014
As a former public school teacher, I enjoyed some very hefty pay hikes in the eighties. That was because the government of the day and the unions negotiated lucrative deals that represented very robust economic times. Since then, with the exception of t… more »

Jazzing Up Philosophy!

February 20th, 2014
The academic disciplines of psychology and philosophy have joined ranks to form a new field of intellectual inquiry called the philosophy of the mind. Over the past decade or so, psychologists and philosophers have been working together to develop a gre… more »

Forcing a Union to Strike?

February 12th, 2014
The latest imbroglio between the BC Teachers Federation and the government is over the silliest of contentions: the former is accusing the latter of intentionally forcing them into a strike action two years ago over the issue of class size as laid out i… more »

Humanism Alive and Well at Yale

February 11th, 2014
Currently I am taking a six-week course on public morals at Yale University, taught by Professor Paul Bloom from the Department of Behavioural Psychology. My reason for taking this very controversial course is that I wanted to see how a Yale undergradua… more »

The State of Counter-Terrorism Research

February 10th, 2014
I have just completed ny second MOOC under the tutelage of Dr. Edward Bakker of Leiden University in the Hague. The course is titled "Terroism and Counterterrorism", and for the most part I enjoyed it.Since essay writing is a strength of mine, I really… more »
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