Brother Dan Morgan
I'm a teacher at Saint Mary's College High School here in Berkeley, California. This is my 8th year at Saint Mary's. My current classes are listed below. For course information, syllabus, homework assignments, please click below.
This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of computer science, including understanding of basic computer hardware and its functionality, computer operations, including operating systems and production software, and basic networking. Other topics include computer based numbering systems, file management, data organization and an introduction to programming using web-based scripting languages like HTML, CSS and Processing and the compiled language, Java.
Theory of Knowledge II: Cognitive Distortions is a unique course at Saint Mary’s because it offers students the opportunity to step outside the traditional curriculum and practice the skill of “thinking about one’s thinking,” with a specific focus on the ways that biases, heuristics, and fallacies lead to mental mistakes. The underlying assumption of the class, supported by recent brain research, is that the human brain is prone to cognitive traps and distortions. Spotting these cognitive distortions in everyday life is the first step in learning to reason in a more deliberate and systematic manner. The essential question of the course is “how do we recognize--and ultimately minimize--these cognitive distortions in our everyday thinking?”
US History is a junior level history course in which students survey the growth and development of the United States, with an emphasis on the 20th and 21st centuries. The second half of the course covers post-Civil War industrialization to the present. This is a survey course; this means we aim to review the entirety of US History. However, we will focus specifically on certain events and eras in order to fully understand greater themes and trends in American history.