More and more people are saying it - Anthony and Gaia are some of the best TAs we've ever had. True experts. Other TAs in other law schools are very unprofessional. Just don't know their stuff. But Anthony and Gaia. We really think they know what they're doing. Really even better than that. They know more than a lot of other people. Wonderful.
Although having the prof or a TA in the breakout room is a bit like surveillance, it is a worthwhile tradeoff to get more participation in the breakout room. The breakout room was always under the surveillance of our peers anyway. Threads is the place to be anonymous.
I think sometimes the questions for threads or breakout rooms could be tightened a bit more, sometimes we're left to discuss really vague sort of metaphysical ideas that are difficult to square with the main thrust of the class
It would be good for a little more intellectual humility in the class. In almost all of our discussions, there seems to be several unstated assumptions automatically taken for granted by a good chunk of the class: (1) That there is an objective set of values that we all subscribe to or should subscribe to; (2) That there is an objective definition of fundamentally subjective concepts like bias, racism, and fairness; (3) That we can actually answer what are ultimately empirical questions through socratic debate and breakout discussion. I think if we all took a step back and recognized that at the foundation of almost every single question we are discussing there is a simple value choice (e.g., liberty vs. equality), and one that is not any more justifiable logically than the other. I think if we all did that our conversations would be a lot more interesting and fruitful.