Tag Archives: Crime and Punishment

On the Deterrence Argument (the death penalty debate)

(I’ve mentioned to my students before that statistics are often neutral – it is your duty as a GP student to use these statistics (percentages/ numbers) to make your point. Numbers are neutral, but your words are not. So it … Continue reading

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Don’t ignore the elephant(s) in the room: The death penalty debate

(Elephant in the room: An obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss. It is based on the idea that an elephant … Continue reading

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An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind

This post’s title is a quote attributed to M. Gandhi – by the way, a brilliant example of one quotation standing on the shoulders of another. Dear students, in light of the recent sentencing for the India gang rape case, … Continue reading

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Update: Grammar Assignment #2 and Answer Key

Second installment of language exercises. Once again, these aren’t compulsory assignments, but this should not take up much time. A couple of you have asked for the answers to the previous language assignment – do drop me an email if … Continue reading

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The troubling aspects of capital punishment

Disclaimer: This is not a GP Essay – simply personal thoughts on a weighty issue (: Lately, I’ve been dwelling on the rather macabre topic of capital punishment because we’ll be broaching on the Crime and Punishment theme next week. … Continue reading

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