Monthly Archives: February 2012

NALA: Conquering Adult Illiteracy in Ireland

Lucia’s tears last week and spunky Kuku’s comment today (as he tried to distract me from the fact he wasn’t doing his work with tangents about Willy Wonka and American traditions) that went “I know I have to do homework, but it’s … Continue reading

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The Eyes of Beholders

Diane Arbus was a photographer who snapped her subjects without knowing their names.  She titled them with captions like “Russian Midgets,” “Mexican Dwarf,” “Young Man,” or “Child Doll.” With her images of disturbingly nonchalant dominatrix, masked women, and  many subjects … Continue reading

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Preserving a Paper

For my Psychology Ethics course at NUIG this semester I’ve been given an assignment with an ambiguous prompt and a frustrating word limit. I’ve always been one to write too much when it comes to boundaries like this one, and … Continue reading

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Lucia’s Tears: Another Wednesday at Scoil Bhride and Thoughts about the “Business Model” of Education Cross-Culturally

I tried everything. Kneeling beside 3rd grader Lucia’s tiny uniform-clad body, I asked her questions about her siblings, her vocabulary words and her dream vacation as I occasionally patted her back and told her that everyone has difficult days. The … Continue reading

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Imagining Change: My Ideal Homework Club

Gripping a cardboard cup of tea with icy fingers in one hand and a pen in the other, my fellow classmates and I (urging caffeine into our veins on another rainy Irish Wednesday morning) sat down to lay out plans … Continue reading

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Let’s Move: Anti-Obesity Campaigning in America

Filled with brightly colored track suits, toothy-grinned children gamely jumping to modern  melodies broadcasting the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, and an exemplary spokeswoman at the head, the US Let’s Move anti-childhood obesity campaign is a mash-up of researched scientific facts, … Continue reading

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Flipping Switches

In that tiny room, sitting beneath the stern gaze of a man in a white coat, would I have done it? Would I have continued to press my index finger to cold metal and administer shocks to a stranger as … Continue reading

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