A Jan. 31 Wall Street Journal article addresses a situation in which
a business mentor’s personal life may interfere with professional
relationships. Assistant Professor of Management Mitchell Marks advises, "Keep
in mind you don't know exactly what [is] going on in the mentor's personal
life.” While he urges professionals against jumping to conclusions,
Marks noted, “part of being a mentor is being a role model. … but
it's your choice to receive the information."
In a Feb. 3 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, Professor Emerita
of Russian Ludmila Ershov commented on the San Francisco Russian Festival
and its efforts to keep Russian culture alive for future generations.
While the festival is held at The Russia Center of San Francisco with
a 70-year track record, the article notes that older immigrants worry
that young Russian Americans, who often refuse to learn Russian, will
not keep the tradition alive. "We all are getting older, and we
really don't know who is going to be in charge of the festival in the
future," Ershov said.
In a Feb. 4 Marin Independent Journal opinion piece, Professor of Secondary
Education Mark Phillips addresses common misconceptions about teaching
and education. In response to the myth that ‘anyone can teach,’ Phillips
explains, “Anyone also can do brain surgery, but the patient will
die. The knowledge, skills and characteristics needed to teach effectively
are no less than those needed to be a good surgeon. Expertise is no guarantee
of being able to effectively teach a subject.”
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