What Makes (Biblical) Metaphors Work?

I wrote an essay on metaphor for my seminar class on … you’ve guessed it … Metaphor! In this paper, I discuss the “ontological” requirements of metaphor. Why is it that metaphor works, specifically, divine metaphors, and generally? The short essay can be found here on Academia.edu.


How to Create Simple Yet Delicious DIY Salad Dressings

If you buy salad dressing, your shopping experience typically falls into two categories:

  1. You love what you buy. But the dent it leaves in your wallet makes you feel like you cannot be indulgent in applying salad dressing to your salads.
  2. You don’t love what you buy. It may be less expensive, but it may have weird flavors due to cheap ingredients and to other miscellaneous chemical compounds and preservatives, etc.

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Thoughts on Testing and Grades and How/If They Relate to Learning: A Thought Experiment

Just a random musing on the topic of grading. Recently, I was in a discussion about online tests, and that of course is couched in the context of testing, and I was thinking about the purpose of testing. What does testing do? Does it actually help facilitate learning? Or is it just to appease accreditors (yes, I know that taken together, those two questions create a false dichotomy). Continue reading

My Review of “Teaching as a Subversive Activity” by N. Postman & C. Weingartner

Teaching As a Subversive ActivityTeaching As a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very good book that teachers ought to read. Very stimulating, and though I disagree with some of its emphases and don’t agree with everything it says, particularly on merely “survival” and on being critical of everything because you must be right and authority must be distrusted, I do see that it is a good balance, for many follow blindly a failing curriculum/education paradigm. But for those already hyper-critical of any kind of tradition, one should, naturally be critical of being critical. Continue reading

C.S. Lewis on Reading Old Books

Here I quote from this website that has C.S. Lewis’ introduction to Athanasius’ On the Incarnation. This is but an excerpt, and I did decide to cut it off where I did thanks to this website, which linked me to the earlier one. This was something suggested from my Biblical Translations class. Turns out, I had the book already and I have actually read this preface by C.S. Lewis years ago. Anyway, here it is, if you don’t want to click anymore (and I edited the paragraphs to make them much shorter and thus easier to read, hopefully):

There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern books. Continue reading

The Linguistic Genius of Babies: Or Why TV Doesn’t Work

See this excellent TED talk by Linguist Patricia Kuhl. It is amazing how babies can learn socially during the plastic time of 6-8 months old. But they require real people in order to learn. TV and audio just doesn’t cut it. This has implications for Baby Einstein customers and maybe even distance learning for some people.

View the video here at http://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_kuhl_the_linguistic_genius_of_babies.html

What Does It Mean To Teach (or Better: What Does It Mean To Learn)?

Here is a paper on his website about Fred Putnam’s own journey through teaching and what it has taught him about teaching. He explains his own personal journey through teaching and shares his own values in teaching – and how it is probably not how most schools teach (which may also show why so much information is passed out but so little learning occurs).

Update 2014 Aug 30: see Putnam’s model for a seminary in the above link. Also, see Frame’s proposal.