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What Makes a Good Teacher?

Following primary and secondary school, undergraduate education, graduate study, and more than 20 years as a university faculty member, you might think I could provide a simple answer to the question “What makes a good teacher?” A sequence of physics courses during my sophomore year at Swarthmore illustrates the problem. By the end of that [...]

Thanks, Kyle

The Bulletin’s coverage of Swarthmore’s adoption of the Phoenix as the College mascot (“Swarthmore Hatches a Big Red Bird,” July 2008) was enjoyable to read, yet one important fact was missing: Kyle White ’08, mentioned briefly in the article as an emcee of the competition to pick a person to wear the costume, was the [...]

Privileged to Express Our Opinions

When he writes of Ted Nelson’s [’59] singing on the porch of Parrish Hall as an act of daring (“Our Own Mario Savio, ” Letters, July Bulletin), I think that my friend Peter Gessner ’61 is misrepresenting the culture of the College in the late 1950s. Yes, “The Rules” seemed onerous to us and were [...]

A Different Perspective

A letter from Jim Weber ’84 in the July Bulletin expressed his opinion about President Alfred H. Bloom’s role in the elimination of the football program. I have a somewhat different perspective.
From 1982 to 1989, I was a member of the Board of Managers, serving as chair of the audit committee, vice chair of finance, [...]

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