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On Media in Our Lives: Embarrassment forever

It’s now common for companies to Google potential employees to uncover peccadilloes from the past. It took me all of 30 seconds, via Google, to discover one applicant’s very public infatuation with indecorous sexual escapades and another’s unhealthy fondness for abusing industrial strength pharmaceuticals. Needless to say, neither was hired. –Jim Louderback –On Media in Our Lives: Embarrassment forever (SFGate.com) Will, this one will probably annoy you, but the reason I’m…

Sparta teacher fights plague

DeSena presented solutions for teachers to prevent the plagiarism plague engulfing a Web-based culture. “All too often teachers emphasize the content (the information) students will cull and hopefully learn. But it is our obligation as teachers to encourage them to respond to the expert or scholar, to answer his or her underlying claim,” she wrote. To do this, teachers need to emphasize primary sources over secondary, to embrace students freewriting,…

A Nice Little Story to Cap off EL312

He said, “Mr. Moio, I have something that I would like you to have.” Without hesitating, he handed me an old, leather-bound book with an embossed title reading, “English Poems.” I thanked the student and opened the front cover to discover that the book was published in 1902. Explaining to my student that the book was more than 100 years old, I thanked him again and told him that I…