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June 18, 2009 - 9:43pm
You may have heard the comment that the “three best things about teaching are June, July and August”. Those of us who are actually teachers know this is not exactly true. For some of us, the summer just presents an opportunity to earn some additional income, or, as in my case, to also maintain my department’s presence on campus and in the community by offering summer courses. For most, it is truly only two months long, as our contracts extend from mid-August to mid-June, and we are back to work long before September actually arrives.
June 18, 2009 - 3:54pm
The series title "Town & Country" put me in mind of something I hadn't thought about for years.
June 18, 2009 - 8:39am
Although I became a mother late in life, two girls have been teaching me about parenting for the past several years: the 15 year old girl I mentor and my 16 year old step-daughter. Of course, mentoring and (non-custodial) step-mothering is not the same as parenting. It is much less intense and you do not make important decisions in that girl’s life. However, I know from my own experience as a step-daughter that step-mothers and mentors can have profound, lasting effects.
June 17, 2009 - 9:07pm
Several commenters have recently suggested a Dean Dad reality show. It's not gonna happen – the pseudonym would be pretty much shot, and cameras don't do me any favors these days – but it's fun to think about. The pilot episode: Opening shot – the family at dinner. (Farting sound) TB, TG: DADDY! DD: I didn't do it. TW: Yes, you did. (Cut to individual interviews) DD: I really didn't. TG: Silly Daddy. TW: That's disgusting. TB: (guilty smile) montage, pop song, commercial break
June 17, 2009 - 2:09pm
Exceptional, at least, in the sense that it goes against the grain of most of what I've been thinking on the subject.
June 17, 2009 - 12:08pm
With the end of the semester, we packed up our household and headed out to the other side of the country to visit my parents in southern California. We’re staying for two and a half weeks. My whole family always looks forward to these visits tremendously, since, being so far away we see each other rarely. But the first couple days I never enjoy.
June 17, 2009 - 11:55am
My acquaintance Crazy Larry, an actor, has been supplementing his income by serving as a fake patient for doctors-to-be. You’d know the name of the testing-prep company that runs the program—evidently one of three or four steps toward U.S. licensing—for (mostly) foreign students. They probe Larry several hours each day before they’re allowed to practice on human beings.
June 16, 2009 - 9:34pm
Our summer enrollments are breaking records, and anecdotally, that seems to be a function mostly of two variables: a lack of summer jobs, and a more transfer-focused student body. Both of those variables largely track the recession.
June 15, 2009 - 9:27pm
It’s that time of year—lots of things winding down, a few more starting. It’s been a month since my school year ended, but Nick’s last day of school is tomorrow. He’s ready — and so are we all. The end of the school year has been taken up with tests, projects, and the occasional field trip, and it’s starting to feel as if they’re just marking time. So tomorrow is the last day, and then he has the rest of the week free before a one-week summer camp that provides his transition to our summer in England.
June 15, 2009 - 9:19pm
We're pretty sure it'll be fiscal year 2011. This article struck a chord, since I've been hearing the exact same thing on campus.

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