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Mindful At Foothill

Today, more than ever it seems, students are most in need of ways to cope with anxiety and stress. Mindfulness is an excellent tool to help them. But unfortunately, it has also become somewhat of a fashionable term and everyone … Continue reading

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The Aryan Way

Sometime ago, I overheard two students using the word aryan in casual conversation about someone they had met earlier. Although it seemed to be used in jest it struck me that the first step in overcoming xenophobic prejudice is to desist … Continue reading

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Is Three Better than Two?

HEWLETT-PACKARD and IBM used to have an annual boat race – or so the apocryphal story goes. For years in a row, HP beat IBM by miles. Eventually, IBM’s senior management couldn’t take any more of it. “Enough of this public embarrassment” … Continue reading

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Two’s Better Than One

FRIEDA and GEORGE were quite happy to program on their own during in-class coding activities. The problem was that when either of them got stuck on a bug or at a place where they had a concept gap, they remained … Continue reading

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My assignments are due at 11:59pm

Chang*, my student, asked me why my assignments are due at 11:59pm each Sunday – Why not midnight? Wouldn’t that be easier to type into Etudes? 🙂 Good question. I’ve had other students ask me that too. Luckily, I have … Continue reading

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Gluttons For Punishment

BOB* was getting his teeth cleaned when his dentist found a cavity. He said that it was so far gone that it probably needed a root canal right away. He suggested that Bob make an appointment for it with his secretary … Continue reading

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In a Restaurant, You Eat

Albert* simply loved the new restaurant in town. It was posh and had great ambiance. In fact, he loved it so much that he’d go there by himself lest he be distracted from enjoying it by his dinner partners’ small … Continue reading

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This is a test

except it isn’t graded.

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