It tolls for thee!
Associate Professor Angela writes:
Do you ever wake up in the morning 100% ready to quit your job? Not to look for another job, but just to walk the hell away?
That was me, at 7 a.m. today. Do you have any advice on navigating mid-career?
If you post this on your blog, I’m quite sure that some responses will be along the lines of “Hey, I’m a grad student/adjunct/non-academic, and I’d be *happy* to have your problems. Boo-f^(king-hoo.” There’s some justification there, to be sure. But, as I said to recently to a former mentor, I try to be grateful that I have a job. I’d hate to be on the market in these times. But “I’m not unemployed” seems like I’m setting the bar too low. It’s like evaluating someone you’re dating by saying “Well, he’s never been in prison.”
Heh. I’ve never felt like resigning, but I can relate, Angela. I was close to where this correspondent is about a year ago, but the advice I got from you readers was really helpful. In short, in the comments on my post about my mid-career slump, many of you told me to Continue reading
All of this talk about elementary school makes me remember one of my favorite movies from my school days: Paddle to the Sea (1966). We saw this annually in Great Lakes country where I grew up. And of course, it stars a doll–Kyle Apatagon’s clever creation, “Paddle to the Sea.”
Do you know this movie, or does it stir a distant memory? I find it mesmerizing still–it’s a glimpse of an experience that’s something new for most urban or suburban children. If you have young children in your life please share this movie with them.
I’ve been visiting a second-grade classroom this year and talking to the students about early American history. Back around Thanksgiving time, I gave a talk about Pilgrims and Wampanoags–that was pretty easy for elementary school consumption. I put together a bunch of PowerPoint slides sixteenth and seventeenth-century drawings and photographs of the re-enactors at Plimoth Plantation, and I invited them to tell me about the similarities and differences they saw between English and Indian material culture: housing, clothing, and food. My talk in February was more difficult, because I talked to them about slavery in American history.
First, I drew a timeline from 1600 to 2011 on the board, and showed them exactly how long Africans and African Americans lived in slavery in Anglo-American and U.S. American history (1619-1865). I drew another line to show the years of segregation and Jim Crow (1865-1964). That pretty well covered the whole timeline, which was impressive and quite literally jaw-dropping information for them to take in. Then, I read them a wonderful picture book that illustrates the institution of slavery in terrifying terms that children can understand immediately: the theft of children from parents. Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson is based on the true story of Henry “Box” Brown and his self-emancipation from slavery in 1849.
I was unprepared for the question-and-answer session afterward, when the students really wanted to know why. Continue reading
No kidding. I’m just shocked that someone with no experience whatsoever in education was incapable of effective leadership of one of the largest public school systems in the country! At least Cathleen Black was on the job for mere months and not years.
Clearly, education is far too important to be left to the educators. Continue reading
Howdy, friends. I’ve got lots of readin’ and writin’ for my day job to get done today, but fortunately there are other paths to enlightenment on the world-wide non peer-reviewed internets:
- First, Notorious Ph.D., Girl Scholar has some helpful ideas for young scholars who are contemplating their first conference paper or other research presentation. The consensus in the comments appears to be: 1) respect your audience by respecting the time limits and 2) practice, practice, practice. If you read your paper (as most of us in the humanities do), don’t read in a monotone–be aware of the performative aspects of conference presentations. Try not to bore your audience to death or to bombard them with too many arguments.
- Next, Tenured Radical has some thoughts on the recent Title IX discrimination claim filed by Yale students with respect to that university’s failure to “take action on harassment and sex crimes, including rape.” She writes, “Here’s a hint, ladies: if you’ve asked for action at your school and they don’t hire anyone, if your school offers ‘consent training’ rather than anti-rape workshops, they don’t open a women’s center, faculty are not receiving mandatory sexual harassment training, and the bulk of the website on rape is still devoted to all the things you, as a woman, can do to ‘avoid’ being raped — your school might benefit from a Title IX investigation too.”
- I still say that my modest proposal for preventing rape and sexual assault is the best: Continue reading
Chet Baker, “Look for the Silver Lining:”
Happy Tunesday! I’m looking forward to a big event locally, Continue reading