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January 24, 2010 - 8:19pm
A day after our December commencement exercises and two days after a 24” snowstorm, I am on an airplane flying to Hawaii. At this and every other commencement, I always watch the parade of graduates – from the bachelor’s level to the doctorate- march across the stage. And as they march, I wonder whether we have done all that we can do to provide an education that will serve their needs and society’s needs.
January 24, 2010 - 8:12pm
The Girl lost her first tooth on Sunday! It came out while she was eating pancakes. She spent the rest of the day beaming with gap-toothed pride. ----TW is redoing the downstairs bathroom, which involved buying a new top for the sink. The sinktop came in a huge cardboard box, which, as any parent of young children can tell you, is an irresistibly tempting toy for young kids. Naturally, TG and TB descended upon the box, and set about making a fort of it in the family room.
January 24, 2010 - 6:11pm
Hope you can participate in this Tuesday's EDUCAUSE Live! - The Convergence of Lecture Capture and Social Media, January 26, 2010 1:00 p.m. ET. You can register for the free Webinar at this link.
January 24, 2010 - 5:05pm
I am a regular guest panelist on the British literary podcast Litopia after Dark. One of the topics discussed on last week’s show was the success, or lack thereof, of men writing in a woman’s voice, and vice versa. All of us had examples of writers who had convinced us (Roddy Doyle and Henry James are my personal favorites), and others who had missed the mark. One panelist, though, had a particularly valuable perspective to share: she had spent the first twenty-odd years of her life as a man.
January 22, 2010 - 6:15pm
Friend of The Education of Oronte ChurmDinty W. Moore has been getting attention for a story he recently published at the journal The Normal School, out of California State University at Fresno.
January 22, 2010 - 4:34am
A longtime correspondent writes: Is there anyone who specializes in remedial education, especially math? Or is it kind of farmed out? I ask this, because I'm working on becoming an economics instructor, but I've actually gotten pretty good at remedial math out of gross necessity (my students are not remotely prepared for my courses). How does that work? (gulp) (adjust tie) (wipe sweat from brow)
January 21, 2010 - 7:37pm
I'm still depressed about not attending the 2010 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting, "Learning Environments for a Web 2.0 World."These people are my Tribe, and I feel a sense of loss in being unable to join them in Austin.
January 21, 2010 - 7:28am
Monday our semester begins and I’m struck once again by how fortunate I am to begin again, to start over. How many professions offer the chance to start fresh twice a year? Unlike most years, I haven’t spent my whole break obsessively planning my courses. I’m trying to focus more on my own scholarship and writing, so I decided not to start working on my syllabi until the weekend before. In addition, the recent horrific events in Haiti have made it difficult to focus on much else.
January 21, 2010 - 6:49am
Earlier, I finished the assigned 22 pages of “Chemistry in Context.” I think the last time I studied (and by ‘studied’ I mean read something that someone else assigned) was in the spring of ’94. I had to read a ton of stuff on U.S. politics, which I hated, on comparative politics, which I didn’t mind as much, and all the key texts in theory which fascinated me then, and still do. I did all this for my “Comprehensive Exams,” the last hoop to be jumped through before I could become ABD in NYU’s Dept. of Politics.
January 20, 2010 - 10:56pm
The Wall in My Head: Words and Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain. Eds. Rohan Kamicheril and Sal Robinson. Open Letter, University of Rochester. November 2009. $12.75.Review by Okla Elliott


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