Category Archives: Education/Pedagogy

The train to Auschwitz and the free shepherd

Mrs. Magda Brown, speaking to my students at the Illinois Holocaust Museum “I thought that the entire world was in the boxcar. I could not understand how there was a free man, shepherding his flock.” These words are Mrs. Magda … Continue reading

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Words do matter: why "objective testing" is a harmful expression

    I recently heard in two different situations the expression “objective testing,” referring to tests which can be easily assessed by anyone as long as that person is in possession of an answer sheet. In other words, tests which … Continue reading

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Teaching suffering and forgiveness – the world of the living dead

Photo taken at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, IL, by Amy Svob, one of my students.  I read last night a post that really struck a chord with me. Let me just say that when I … Continue reading

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So that philosophy is not a massage to a wooden leg

While teaching philosophy as a course in general education (so not to students who are majoring or minoring in philosophy), I have often experienced a situation in which the responsibility for the students who were in front of me conflicted … Continue reading

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Teachers, students, and their interdependence

  Let me tell you a true story. A long time ago, when I was in high school, I really loved French. For some reason that I do not fully understand today, one of my favorite authors was Honoré de … Continue reading

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