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‘Some of this misrepresentation seems to me to be willful, or, willfully ignorant’ Because Japan lies on the globe’s geographical, cultural, and linguistic periphery (assuming one is using a Eurocentric model) it lends itself particularly well to being misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misrepresented. But some of this misrepresentation seems to me to be willful, or, willfully ignorant. Perhaps […]

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  “A test is valid only if it measures that which has actually been taught.”        How many of you agree with the above statement? Offhand, it sounds quite reasonable, doesn’t it? But I would say that it holds true only for a minority of tests, specifically achievement tests, and doesn’t make a […]

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The temptation often comes in the form of elegant handwriting. Seeing the alphabet rendered with a caring, skillful hand acts as a salve for the weary essay grader. After deciphering near-illegible scrawls for the previous 40 submissions, you swoon at the sight of well-rounded loops, taut linearity, and balanced proportions.   But you jar yourself from […]

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