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June 30, 2007
We’ll be traveling for a few days, and I expect my posts to be intermittent next week, so here’s a long tale about how we’re educated into responsibility.
June 27, 2007
The Greek government has once again given up efforts to prod that country'sdead university system to life - violent street protests last summerfrightened off political reformers -- but France's aggressive new leader,Nicholas Sarkozy, is giving it the old college try.
June 26, 2007
I didn’t grow up with a father, so my two sons have exactly as much experience with actual fatherhood as I do. What we’ve learned together is that fathers are mercurial, full of farts and orders, radiant with heat on a summer’s night already too hot for sleep. Fathers love words and pay children the compliment of deep attentiveness. They’re who you call for when you wake in pain. They cultivate the comforting myth of invincibility.
June 22, 2007
Today is the third birthday of the blog. To celebrate (okay, not really, but a segue is a segue), I'll be taking next week off. The family is piling into our trusty compact and trundling off to a vacation spot you've heard of for several days. No internet, no office politics, no fluorescent lighting. If all goes well, by the end of next week, my brain will be starting to snap back to its original shape. At this point, the prospect of a week without purchase requisitions is a source of actual joy.
June 21, 2007
Apparently, a new study suggests that 'study skills' courses for college freshmen improves eventual academic success rates. This bothers me to no end.
June 21, 2007
Antioch's demise has brought forth a great deal of ink, much of it smugly self-congratulatory, or bitter, or both.
June 21, 2007
Although he gets a solid twelve hours a night (!), on some school mornings, TB really, really doesn't want to wake up. As the school year is winding to a close, it's getting worse.We've had to resort to drastic measures.Last week, when more traditional measures had failed, I resorted to the following, of which I am not proud:“Get up or I'll start singing Anne Murray songs, and nobody wants that!”(nothing)(In my best Peter-Brady-voice-changing delivery) “SPREAD YOUR TINY WINGS AND FLY AWAY...”(TB grunts, chuckles, and climbs out of bed.)
June 21, 2007
"[T]he NCAA, through all of their summits, hasn't accomplished anything tobenefit the student athlete. People who say that one year of collegeenhances your life are blowing smoke up their butt. The same NCAA thatsupposedly takes a higher moral ground on education is now allowingconferences like the Big Ten and the SEC to form their own TV networks totelecast the events of these so called amateurs and they continuously usethem to make money. They pretend (to be) institutions of higher education
June 21, 2007
In order to halt growing criticism (covered by Inside Higher Ed and the New York Times) of their ranking of the reputations of American colleges and universities, U.S.News & World Report will no longer poll those not associated with a school for their opinion of that school. Instead, U.S.
June 19, 2007
I was plucked by McSweeney’s Internet Tendency from gray anonymity and propelled onto the glamorous stage of Internet pseudonymity , where I first caught the eyes of the just-as-astute editors at Inside Higher Ed. As a result, I became, as you know, the very first personal valet to IHE founding editor Doug Lederman.



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