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December 14, 2010 - 8:15pm
Do you feel like declaring time bankruptcy? Do you have more things to do each day than hours to do them in? Three possible reasons why you and I might be time bankrupt:
December 14, 2010 - 6:30pm
I think I may have just outed my dad. You see, my father is a luddite. He is extremely proud of this identity. He uses technology in so much as only when it is an absolute necessity. He has had a cellphone for a couple years. He occasionally listens to CDs using the Discman that I left at home when I went to college. To the best of my knowledge, every email is still printed out. It's not because he can't read them on the computer screen. It seems to be more about maintaining his "ludditeness." My dad does not have an affinity for technology.
December 14, 2010 - 5:37pm
Emile Durkheim, the great French sociologist, tells us that there are four kinds of suicide. None of the four really gets at the sort of suicide Bernard Madoff's son committed. New ways of life create new paths to death.Durkheims' anomic and egoistic forms are related, having to do with a person's failure to assimilate psychologically and morally into his or her culture. Think of characters like Saul Bellow's dangling man, Albert Camus' stranger, and Herman Melville's Bartleby the scrivener.
December 13, 2010 - 10:02pm
Over the past year, my college has advertised for both tenure-track faculty positions and administrative positions. (More of the former than the latter.) The tenure-track faculty applicant pools, unsurprisingly, have been large and deep, with no shortage of very qualified people. The challenge for the search committees has been to discern relative degrees of excellence.The administrative applicant pools, by contrast, have been markedly thin. After filtering out the clearly underqualified, we were left in the single digits.Odd.
December 13, 2010 - 10:00pm
"Why are you beating this horse to death? I mean how many blog posts about Blackboard getting bought can you possibly write?" (Tim Roberts, comment at 12/13/10 post) Fair question Tim. I'm not actually only flogging the Blackboard horse. Truth is, I'm obsessed with what the next 5 years will hold in terms of acquisitions and mergers in the ed tech space.Here are my reasons:
December 13, 2010 - 7:52pm
It may be exam week for my students — and my daughter — but it’s grading week for me. This means that the dining room table is covered in papers, notes, knitting needles, yesterday’s newspaper, and crumpled tissues. (No, the papers aren’t making me cry, but I do seem to have a cold). It also means that my status updates have been full of self-pity and procrastination techniques. (Hence, the knitting needles.)
December 13, 2010 - 11:00am
What do Amazon, Google, Facebook, I.S.P.s and most Internet corporations have in common? They are all private, for-profit corporations.What does the Constitution promise or protect? Government action. And since the twentieth century, via the legal doctrine of incorporation, all government action, including state and local, not just federal government action as was the original intent and meaning of the founders.
December 13, 2010 - 4:15am
Acquiring Blackboard would make strategic sense for Google, Microsoft or Cisco. Price matters, and Blackboard is expensive at a market capitalization of $1.46 billion. But if the acquisition makes good strategic sense, the price over the long-run (a few hundred million here, a few hundred million there) makes little difference.
December 12, 2010 - 9:25pm
Friday’s IHE did a story featuring a report by Douglas Harris and Sara Goldrick-Rab that’s well worth reading in its entirety. In a nutshell, it measures the ‘productivity’ of various programs, using what boils down to dollars-per-graduate. Among other things, it suggests that call centers to nudge students into attending class have great bang for the buck, but that Upward Bound and similar programs are wildly expensive for what they achieve.
December 12, 2010 - 7:30pm
My sister recently visited a physician in Manila who turned out to be a former undergraduate student of mine in Iloilo. Recognizing the common surname (Arcala), the doctor gushed about how I had tempted her to switch from a Biology major to a Political Science major, upon taking my General Education class in Social, Economic and Political Theory. To this day she remembers Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau and Marx and the engaging manner in which I embedded their ideas in their historical milieus.

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