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December 21, 2010
A recent post by David Roberts on Grist promises the top five stories of 2010 for "climate hawks" (Grist's new term for folks who want to see action to mitigate climate change). The selection presented is reasonable and indicative: three explicit bad-news stories and two kind-of-good-news bits about bad stuff which could have happened but didn't.
December 21, 2010
After a period of high growth between the 1993 and 1998, the Argentine economy underwent a significant slowdown that ultimately resulted in economic depression and crisis. In 2001 and 2002 the financial sector and the exchange rate system (the so-called Convertibility Regime) collapsed and Argentina’s global socio-economic situation deteriorated. In 2003 the economic activity began to recover thanks to favorable international commodity prices. Since then, growth has been strong, averaging seven percent per year and a consequent substantial public revenue increase.
December 21, 2010
Browsing RSS feeds is always an adventure, yanking me around from dystopia to utopia as I go from one link to another. Here are some of the stories from the dark side that have recently surfaced among my reading material.
December 20, 2010
Last week we had parent/teacher conferences for The Boy and The Girl. We’re lucky enough that parent/teacher conferences pretty much consist of hearing how wonderful our kids are, how well they’re doing, and how much their peers like them. It’s not stressful.That happened again, and it never gets old. TB and TG are doing great, and we’re thrilled.That said, though, I heard a couple of things that gave me pause.
December 20, 2010
When I was in college, it took me a long time to decide what to major in. I started thinking about Psychology; next considered Philosophy; and ultimately settled on Economics. Actually there were a few more disciplines along the way that I considered. When I encountered a terrific teacher, that swayed me toward a particular major and, not surprisingly, when the faculty member was the opposite, my reaction was also the opposite.
December 20, 2010
Audiobooks have changed my life. How often have we heard complaints that our students don't read enough? What if we figured out how to deliver all of the assigned readings in multiple formats - from paper to digital to audio? Why should education be exempt in an attention economy? Why do we think our students have any more time than we do?
December 20, 2010
Christmas is, for our family as for so many others, all about the traditions. But the way we observe the traditions can change from year to year, and for me holiday baking is one of those endlessly altered traditions.
December 20, 2010
When I was first thinking about starting this blog, the editors at InsideHigherEd asked whether I intended it to be anonymous/pseudonymous. I hadn't really asked myself that question but, after some discussion, decided that doing so would probably make sense.
December 20, 2010
I started writing for Inside Higher Ed this past July.
December 20, 2010
This story about course repeaters in California struck a chord with me. We’re facing a similar question at my own campus.Apparently, California is considering amending its policies on allowing students to repeat courses as many times as they want. It’s looking at a cap. The idea is that seats in classes are not infinite, and once someone has whiffed several times, someone else should have a shot.

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