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January 16, 2011
When a reader sent me this link I thought at first that I had accessed the Onion. It’s not that I haven’t come across this type of parenting before—as a therapist, I regularly see both current and adult children of authoritarian parents, of all races and cultural backgrounds. It’s just that I have never seen a parent boast about this treatment before.
January 16, 2011
A German book publisher, having read my essays at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and no doubt hearing of my growing fame on the North American continent, wrote this week to ask if he could include something of mine in a new transatlantic magazine that will focus on “essays, short stories, photography and a small section of in-depth journalism.” Luxbooks (their site in translation by Google,
January 14, 2011
I promised last week that this week I would write a blog on privacy. The academic blog I intended to write I will still write. The polemical blog I offer this week is prompted by a connection between a comment to my last blog and the events of Tucson.
January 13, 2011
This week, nearly everyone on campus has been talking about Jared Lee Loughner. Aside from the obvious shock at what he did -- as the father of a nine-year-old, I can’t even begin to imagine -- we’ve all been questioning the role of the college. As it happened, he attended Pima Community College for a while, having accumulated quite the record of incidents before being dismissed. We’ve all been asking ourselves what would have happened if he had been enrolled here.
January 13, 2011
Dean Dad mostly covered the CES 2011 landscape. For my part, I've been spending some enjoyable time on the web trying to figure out the big EDU story from CES 2011.Mostly I've failed.
January 13, 2011
"The literature and research on the use of technology in student affairs is still very limited." This is the lead sentence in the description from one of the few student affairs technology texts that I know about. This particular issue of a New Directions in Student Services journal published in 2006 has been the go-to technology "book" for a lot of student affairs practitioners.
January 13, 2011
In geometry, we study the “Euclidean motions in a plane”, which include translations (sliding a figure across a plane) as well as other motions, such as reflection and rotation. I found myself thinking of the motion of translation recently when I met someone who works in special education, and we began to discuss the idea of what it means to say that someone has a learning disability. Of course, I have come to prefer the label of “learning difference”, because that is what it really is.
January 13, 2011
A familiar truism about academia is that the battles are so big because the stakes are so small. Academics will fight over anything, from journal rankings (and which journals “count”), which department can use the word "rhetoric" in course titles, to who gets the credit for a big idea. For the most part, I've kept out of such battles because I need my energy for other things.
January 12, 2011
Last week Inside Higher Ed published an anonymous piece by someone who has decided to leave academia entitled, "Because."
January 12, 2011
Like many colleges, mine requires a few days each year for faculty and staff professional development. They’re tolerated somewhat grudgingly on all sides, which I think is about right.

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