Teaching as a popularity contest

Posted on Jun 25, 2017

Published in the June 23, 2017 Santa Maria Times. The most common grade given at Harvard University is now an “A.” Former Harvard President Larry Summers said that during his tenure “90 percent of Harvard graduates graduated with honors … the most unique honor you could graduate with was none.” As Harvard goes, so goes American higher education. An “A” is the grade given most frequently, 45 percent, with “B” coming in second at...

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Hearing loss no obstacle to learning

Posted on Jun 12, 2017

Published in the June 9, 2017 Santa Maria Times. I am open with my students about my hearing loss. I want them to be as comfortable with it as I am, and understand it requires some adjustment on their part, just as it does on mine. In order to hear them I have to ask for silence in the classroom when another student is speaking, because background noise is a killer when I am trying to listen to someone individually. I also have to ask everyone...

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Justice At Hancock College

Posted on Jun 12, 2017

Come to the Allan Hancock College Board of Trustees Meeting at 5:00 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in the Board Room (Building B). Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat to Justice Anywhere In 2015 the Hancock Administration fired John Miller for bringing a pellet pistol on a wilderness hike in order to protect his students. He obtained permission from his supervisor before putting it in his backpack and taking it along. Nothing was done to the supervisor...

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