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February 24, 2010 - 1:26pm
Intelligence is overrated (see Al Capp's extensive work on the subject of "hoomin stoopidity").Outrage has been co-opted and merged with ignorance and arrogance.Irony is dead.Comedy may be our last hope.Watch this, then frame your answer.
February 23, 2010 - 10:35pm
Every so often, I'll hear some longtime employees complain that the newer cohort (of which they still consider me a part) doesn't care about the college like they did. The last time I heard this line, I asked what they meant; what made them think we didn't care? I wasn't expecting the answer I got: "Everybody used to go out drinking together after work. Nobody does that anymore."Well, okay. It's true that we don't now; it may be true that they did once. But what the hell does that have to do with dedication to the college?
February 23, 2010 - 10:11pm
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February 22, 2010 - 9:25pm
In a conversation last week with a big muckety-muck, I realized that there are two fundamentally different, and largely opposed, understandings of outcomes assessment in play. Which definition you accept will color your expectations.
February 22, 2010 - 9:15pm
Why [do] people who [know] Dr. Bishop only through reading about her crime make excuses for her?Jonathan D. Moreno, a professor of medical ethics and the history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania, thinks reactions have to do with a long tradition that goes back to Plato. The idea, he said, is that someone who is very intelligent is assumed to be “morally wise.” And that makes it hard to reconcile the actions of Amy Bishop, with her Harvard Ph.D., her mantle of scientific brilliance.
February 22, 2010 - 8:50pm
The comments to my 2/11 blog post on "learning styles and tuition dollars" were really great. Commentators really took me to task on the theory of learning styles. Cedar, an Asst.
February 22, 2010 - 8:02pm
. . . and it is, in truth, apparently banal. Oh, it's kind of new-tech, in a 21st century social-networking-becomes-social-engineering sort of way. And I suspect that college students and relatively recent grads are at the center of its target demographic.The spawn of the Devil, in all its Hellboy-meets-Hello-Kitty cuteness, can be yours at blippy.com.
February 21, 2010 - 10:17pm
The worlds of science and politics were meant to be united in the fourth homework assignment for the course. After researching the topic, I had to write a one-page letter to my Congresswoman urging her to vote for, or against, a ban on sun tanning beds for under-18s. The science was unmistakably on the side of support for the bill, so I went with that.
February 21, 2010 - 9:06pm
I've come up with a one-question quiz to determine whether your workplace is toxic. 1. When Smith attacks Jones in public in dirty, ad hominem, and generally unprofessional ways, and Jones responds by taking the high road, what happens?a. Jones would never take the high road. Nobody ever does. It's on!b. Jones takes the high road out of town.c. Jones is viewed as the loser, since the high road is interpreted as weakness.d. Onlookers divide into warring camps, and others do the dirty work for Jones.
February 21, 2010 - 8:59pm
A major story in last Tuesday’s Inside Higher Ed was that Middlebury College “will plan its budgets each year by capping its ‘comprehensive fee’ – the equivalent of tuition, room and board at other private colleges—at an upward limit of 1 percentage point above the Consumer Price Index.” Certainly this move makes good sense in terms of positive publicity for Middlebury and it also provides a valuable fiscal restraint framework to operate under.


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