Please tell me that there are people out there who heard about the Nazi writing assignment in Albany and didn't immediately assume the teacher was anti-Semitic, and who instead assumed that the essay must have been intended to serve any number of purposes:
- getting the students to argue a side they obviously do not support, to build their powers of persuasion
- getting the students to understand how propaganda can make an evil argument sound convincing, so that they listen to media more critically
- getting the students to realize how ordinary people could come to hate an entire race, to teach them the potential for this evil in ourselves
- getting the students to recognize the pressure to conform to position they don't support, so they can better resist it
- getting the students to talk and think creatively about a difficult historical subject, from a firsthand perspective
There are plenty more possible valid explanations. Go »
Pardon me, this weblog was made for bitching... Fuck the fucking Wal*Mart on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa Florida! Go »
The Los Angeles Times just ran an interesting true-crime profile of a man caught up in a custody dispute taken to criminal extremes. Go »
The End of Abortion
That title refers not to ending the practice of abortions, but the political controversy over them. David Frum recently speculated about the future decline of this polarizing issue, which he likened to alcohol prohibition in a number of ways, including: Who sees alcohol as a great evil any more? Go »
It will be some time before he reads this, but here's wishing Matthew Preston congratulations on his wedding today on St. Go »
The Roast of Steve West
I don't usually participate in the "happy birthday" discussions here, because I don't have much more to say than the greeting that is automatically generated on my behalf on Dashboard at midnight. Go »
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