It It Possible to Teach the Art of Conversation and Civility?

The Washington Square Arch, through which you can see the Empire State Building, the "campus" of The King's College

Alissa Wilkinson thinks so. A writing instructor at The King’s College in New York City and an accomplished writer in her own right, Wilkinson believes it is both possible and beneficial to teach students, not only how to write decent prose, but also how to communicate effectively in today’s world. Wilkinson is especially concerned that [Read More...]

Understanding Anthony Weiner and the Seductive Power of the Internet

Anthony Weiner with a megaphone. Perhaps he should have stuck to simpler technologies.

Yesterday at a news conference, Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted sending inappropriate photos of himself via the Internet. Specifically, he “confessed to sending a photo of himself in his underwear to a woman over Twitter, then lying about it.” He added that “the indiscretion was part of a pattern of sending inappropriate photos and messages to [Read More...]

Tech Trends: Should Teachers Be Free to Say Negative Things About Their Students on Facebook?

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A recent op-ed in the New York Times raises the issue of teachers being disciplined for saying negative things about their students on Facebook. “When Teachers Talk Out of School” by Jonathan Zimmerman of NYU presents the following examples: Christine Rubino, a New York City math teacher, posted on Facebook things like: “After today, I’m [Read More...]

Bad News for Churches and for Religious Freedom: City Can Block Churches from Using Schools, Appeals Court Rules

St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. This congregation doesn't have to meet in a school.

According to a federal appeals court, New York City can keep churches from using school facilities for worship services, even during times when the schools are empty. In “Court Lets City Restrict Church Use of Schools,” the New York Times reports: Deciding 2 to 1, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for [Read More...]


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