Category: education

Craig Wright's Course on Appreciating the Classics

February 16th, 2015
Professor Craig Wright, an eminent musicologist from Yale University's School of Music, is presently given an eight-week-long course, through Coursera, on how to appreciate classical music. I am taking this online course to sharpen my understanding of h… more »

Thomas Fleming's "Worlds Apart" - a History of Public Education in BC

December 8th, 2014
As one of British Columbia's leading authorities on public education over the past hundred years, Dr. Fleming, with this book, has gone on record as being very critical of its performance to date. This little study provides a detailed history and assess… more »

Behind Which Door?

October 29th, 2014
As baby boomers most of us remember Monty Hall's "Let's Make A Deal" and the three-door trick where Hall would attempt to tease his contestants into switching doors in search of a bigger prize. It has always been thought that Hall was really manipulatin… more »

How did the West Indian slaves negotiate the planters' rule?

October 15th, 2014
The general lot of slaves in the West Indies during the middle of the 18th century, according to anti-slave advocates like William Dickson, was precarious at best and outrightly horrendous at worst. Brought over by slave traders from west Africa to work… more »

Analyzing a primary document

October 2nd, 2014
Notes on Second Reading(Makhdum’s “Tohfut-ul-Mujahidan”) 1.How does Makhdum describe the first da Gama voyage of 1497? -pulled into Calicut at the start of the storm season(Monsoons) -small fleet with no big plans to do any trading; just scout out th… more »

A Turning Point in World History

September 23rd, 2014
My thoughts gleaned from eight pages of a primary document(The King Of Portugal's private diary) that will be used for an essay for a course called 'History Lab" offered through Princeton University. This is part of my contribution to the group effort -… more »

Essay: To what extent did the major cultural regions of Afro-Eurasia sustain their territories and institutions under new political dynasties?

September 20th, 2014
The dominant political and economic force in the Afro-Eurasian sphere during the 12th and 13th centuries was undoubtedly the various branches of the Mongol-Tartar dynasty. According to Marco Polo in his "Travels", everywhere he went in his travels along… more »

Analyzing a Passage for Its Content!

September 9th, 2014
Nahlah Ayed, an international CBC journalist, recently wrote an article for CBC.CA on possible outcomes to the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian border dispute. Using Professor Sinnott-Armstrong's rubric for conducting close analysis(identifying premise, reason… more »

The Hypocrisy of it All: Underpaid University Lecturers

September 7th, 2014
When I attended university in the sixties and seventies, most professors taught at least one course per term or semester. Even the pompous Dr. Stephen Pink, the resident expert on Swift, taught a 300 level course even though the numbers were sparse and… more »

Some Thoughts on the BC Teachers Strike

August 31st, 2014
I taught in the BC public school system for thirty-sixty years. During that time I and my colleagues experienced three short-lived job actions, during which the schools were shut down while negotiations carried on behind the scenees to get a settlement.… more »
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