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January 26, 2011 - 2:18pm
Some advice I remember from when I was little was “the earlier you can decide what you want to do, the better off you’ll be.” Despite this, I certainly didn’t know what I was going to do in high school. I was slow in declaring my major in college. I dabbled in philosophy, and took a survey of world religions, took a poetry class, economics, psychology, art, music – I squeezed in as many different intro courses as I could in my four years of while fulfilling my biology major.
January 26, 2011 - 8:30am
Could those who find fault with the general positions that President Obama posited last night please share them on this discussion board? Not immune from captiousness, I nonetheless couldn't find a thing to disagree with in this speech! I was particularly heartened by his positions on education, higher education in particular, and his call to reorganize federal agencies, especially given his underlying themes of innovation and global competitiveness.
January 25, 2011 - 9:06pm
In the “real world,” hiring is usually year-round. There might be peaks and valleys, with some variation by industry, but generally speaking there’s nothing unusual about hiring in April, or July, or October.In the colleges I’ve seen, that’s still true for certain types of positions. There’s nothing unusual about advertising for building maintainers in March or financial aid staff in August. But faculty hiring has a rhythm of its own.
January 25, 2011 - 9:00pm
My motto for 2011 is simple: do less. By doing less, I’m hoping to accomplish more. No, it’s not an oxymoron. I try to do too much, so by cutting back on what I’m doing, both at work and at home, my goal is to do whatever task I’m working on more thoroughly, more mindfully, and more completely.
January 25, 2011 - 8:45pm
Google announced today a new education category in its Google Apps Marketplace. You can read about the "20 applications from 19 vendors" at this link, watch the video below, and decide for yourself if this is a big deal in our world?
January 25, 2011 - 4:45pm
Well, not really meat. More like fruits and vegetables and dairy and eggs.As I was driving home last week, I heard a story on NPR about a swap meet in Canton, NY. People get together to exchange home-canned goods from the garden and such. Think of it as a microcosmic example of the "comparative advantage" principle that's always used to justify economic globalization. In this case, it justifies ecologic localization. Or something.
January 24, 2011 - 9:34pm
“After decades of funding our eleven campuses on the basis of past appropriations and past expenditures, we have lost track of the rationale for each campus’s funding level. We must begin a new approach to funding higher education where we ask the board of higher education to develop a funding methodology that is based on the outcomes that education leaders and citizens would like to see from their college campuses.”-- North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s Jan. 4 state of the state address. ***
January 24, 2011 - 9:15pm
The EDU mood lately has not been kind to the Kindle. It's all "iPad this" and "iPad that". In comparison to the iPad, the Kindle is: bad for taking notes; bad for marking up text; incapable of surfing the web; incapable of displaying video….the list goes on.How can the Kindle, and Amazon, get its EDU Mojo back?
January 24, 2011 - 9:07pm
This past weekend all four of us started watching the Jets-Steelers game. The Wife and The Girl peeled off early, but The Boy stuck with me for almost the entire first half.(I rarely watch football, other than the Super Bowl. This was unusual for us.)
January 24, 2011 - 8:48pm
The two most e-mailed articles in my cohort last week seem to have been the “Tiger Mother” piece from the Washington Post (and various responses to

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