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June 22, 2008 - 10:17pm
Judging by the comments, Friday's post really set some people off. Rather than responding to each attack – and 'attack' is the right word – I'll just make a few observations and move on. A disturbing number of commenters went right to 'intention,' implying variously that I was finally showing my nefarious true colors, my 'roots' in a proprietary college (!), or some other variation on the Dark Side. Others detected a note of satire, with multiple references to Swift.
June 22, 2008 - 10:01pm
I’m glad I asked last week, as I happily received many thought-provoking questions and comments, and I look forward to getting to each one. This week, I’ll tackle a question from Renata, a doctoral student with much life and work experience, who asked me about a career track I often discussed at the university career center: community college teaching. Here’s (part of) what Renata wrote:
June 22, 2008 - 6:28pm
The local newsrag has a car section which seems to get thicker and more vociferous every week. Discounts on this, rebates on that, free gas with the other thing. Of course, what they're pushing hardest is what nobody wants -- SUVs, full-sized pickups with big block engines, mini-vans with surprisingly mini-mileage. Hybrids? Sure. We'll put you on the waiting list for a very modest extra fee.
June 21, 2008 - 9:39am
I've taken my headline from a piece in today's Wall Street Journal about Democratic Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, about whom people are talking as a strong candidate for Obama's Vice-Presidential running mate.
June 20, 2008 - 3:39pm
My son Starbuck, who’s six, is home a lot this summer, so I figured we might find some time to do a little home-school unit on Twain: Read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, drive over to Springfield to the Lincoln Museum and out to Hannibal, ride a steamboat, watch some grave robbers, smoke a few pipes. That sort of thing.
June 20, 2008 - 9:33am
1. Low boredom threshold “The book was the worst…no just the first couple of pages. I skimmed a summary on wikipedia for the rest….what do you mean, she dies in the end? I didn’t get that at all! Oh well I already wrote my paper – I’m not going back and re-doing it now.” 2. Lack of follow through “The thing is I really meant to be there, I just didn’t wake up. No I have an alarm. I just slept through it.” 3. Splintered focus
June 19, 2008 - 9:45pm
A commenter to yesterday's post about compensating staff made a point I've wondered about before. It's worth contemplating – not advocating, just contemplating – at some length. Given the crazy-high ratios of applicants to full-time faculty jobs in many disciplines, why not lower the wages to a 'market clearing' level?
June 19, 2008 - 5:39am
A returning correspondent writes:
June 18, 2008 - 10:02pm
Last Friday, an impromptu conversation in the mailroom at my University jolted my pulse into my aerobic zone. I might have even gone anaerobic, but I am not sure.
June 18, 2008 - 3:29pm
Non-traditional academics have many skills different from the general population of "parent volunteers" at an elementary school. This provides a unique opportunity for schools to benefit from well-educated parents who have the time and inclination to create programs that supplement school curricula. Here I describe the Science FUN Fridays that I created to motivate and excite the children about science.

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