Howdy howdy howdy! Thursday is my busy day, but here at the Historiann chuckwagon we’ve got a few things for you to chow down on:
- First, thanks to commenter cgeye for this insider description of how No Child Left Behind-style standardized tests with essays are actually scored and graded. And some of you think AP grading is pressured and arbitrary! It’s a veritable haven of sanity and intellectual freedom compared to the stories at the link above. Who ever would have predicted? Oh, I know, I know! Me. And anyone else who knows how education actually works–but as we all know, we live in the era that believes that teaching is too important a job to be left to the teachers, right?
- Speaker’s Corner has some good Women’s History Month blogging going on, especially around reproductive rights. See for example her review of Cornelia Hughes Dayton’s “Taking the Trade,” an article that describes an eighteenth-century Connecticut abortion and its aftermath in small-town Connecticut. She also published recently a first-person narrative of a late-term abortion in the early twenty-first century called “Back the F^(k Off.” Also worth checking out: “Damn those rich teachers and their ’93 Nissan Sentras!” Hey, that’s a big step up from my high school days, when teachers all drove ’77 Gremlins and Chevettes. What the frack all do they want–they’re driving cars that are half the age of the ones my teachers drove, 5 miles to school from their crummy apartments and uphill both ways.
- Job Market Cleanup in Aisle Four: Tenured Radical shares some thoughts about search committee etiquette for letting candidates know that they’re not going to get a job offer. Continue reading