Category Archives: Being a teacher

Can students record me in class?

Turns out in many states there is only a “single party consent” needed to record a conversation, and so students could record me in class.  They are limited in what they can do, since the cannot “sell” my intellectual property. … Continue reading

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Salient stories like these from the University of Oregon are worrisome to all faculty, whose job is “speech”

As a university professor, I know that much of my job involves engaging in speech.  I do that “live” in front of students, I do it on Youtube recordings, I do it on a blog, I do it in academic … Continue reading

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How did I come to read about Argalus and Parthenia?

Because I am reading Baroque Times in Old Mexico, and Argalus and Parthenia is one of those poems that people read back in the 1600s!  And I wondered what it was about.  And then I learn that Francis Quarles is … Continue reading

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None has or None have? Is there any grammar question more important than this? Maybe the Oxford comma?

Usage Note: It is widely asserted that none is equivalent to no one, and hence requires a singular verb and singular pronoun: None of the prisoners was given his soup. It is true that none is etymologically derived from the … Continue reading

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Grammar Girl : “On Accident” versus “by Accident”

I still cringe when my children say “on accident” but I do not correct them… Barratt’s study is dead on, is my personal experience. According to Barratt’s study, use of the two different versions appears to be distributed by age. … Continue reading

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Reality check… mentioned this song in class today in discussion of racial discrimination in Boston mortgage market…

This little song that I’m singin’ about, People, you all know that it’s true, If you’re black and gotta work for livin’, Now, this is what they will say to you, They says: “If you was white, You’s alright, If … Continue reading

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Philosophizing about something called “Moral Facts”

I know philosophers get very exercised about this, but I just can’t see it being more than the old adage: the hobgoblin of little minds is consistency. Indeed, in the world beyond grade school, where adults must exercise their moral … Continue reading

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