Confronting Native Speakerism (Part One)

On March 9th, 2019, I spent a lovely afternoon at the KOTESOL Gwangju-Jeonnam Regional Conference.  I embraced opportunities for professional development, networking, and distraction from more vice-like pastimes. One presentation entailed a discussion on Native-Speakerism in Korea.  As a U.S. citizen, I grew up learning that most sociological -ism's implied “discrimination against” or “systems that oppress.” Racism … Continue reading Confronting Native Speakerism (Part One)

Quoterday – Dangerous Dreaming

Dreaming about a positive future seemed to protect against sadness in the short term but promote it over the long term. Gabriele Oettingen, Rethinking Positive Thinking Fantasizing about the future.  It's easy.  It's free. It gives us direction.  It feels good.  What could go wrong? According to Gabriele Oettingen, daydreaming of an ideal future is … Continue reading Quoterday – Dangerous Dreaming

Quoterday – Equality of Opportunity

Unless we create an environment where everyone is guaranteed some minimum capabilities through some guarantee of minimum income, education, and healthcare, we cannot say that we have fair competition. -Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism When people debate equality and fairness (especially in the U.S.), many voice support for equality of opportunity and … Continue reading Quoterday – Equality of Opportunity