ESP Biography



PRITEN SHAH, ESP Teacher




Major: philosophy

College/Employer: Harvard College

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Past Classes

  (Look at the class archive for more.)


Liberty or Justice For All: How Far Should the State Go? in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
In this class, we will focus on the dilemmas between liberty and justice that modern democratic states face in making state policy. We will have discussions about how states should make policies in cases where pursuing justice would infringe on individual liberties. This will include a discussion about what are liberties and what is justice. We will then talk about cases like naming children, restricting sugar content in fast food, smoking regulations, circumcision and the banning of religious headwear.


Starting a Company as a High Schooler in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Two start-up founders and business consultants will explain to students how to think like an entrepreneur and start a company as a high schooler.


Writing for Social Change in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
In this class, we will cover the use of writing for social change. Students will learn how to write powerful pieces of writing that go from informational to persuasive. We will cover argumentative structures, common mistakes, writing with purpose, and influencing the reader.


Cognitive Biases and Social Change in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
We'll cover the common cognitive biases that affect the way people interact with each other in society. What makes up (and breaks down) how people act, think, believe, and react. We'll cover both biases that affect individuals and groups and include interactive activities to help students learn about the different biases by seeing how they themselves often are affected by them.


Writing for Social Change in HSSP Spring 2018 (Feb. 24, 2018)
In this class, we will cover the use of writing for social change. Students will learn how to write powerful pieces of writing that go from informational to persuasive. We will cover argumentative structures, common mistakes, writing with purpose, and influencing the reader. Finally, we will have the students write an article on a topic of their choice that they will have the choice to submit to be published.


Liberty or Justice For All: How Far Should the State Go? in HSSP Spring 2018 (Feb. 24, 2018)
In this class, we will focus on the dilemmas between liberty and justice that modern democratic states face in making state policy. We will have discussions about how states should make policies in cases where pursuing justice would infringe on individual liberties. This will include a discussion about what are liberties and what is justice. We will then talk about cases like naming children, restricting sugar content in fast food, smoking regulations, circumcision and the banning of religious headwear.