At Inside Higher Ed today, William Bradley offers a humorous and self-deprecating essay on his memories of college versus the conduct he observes in his students. With every essay he finds cut-and-pasted from Wikipedia, with every mobile ringtone he hears during his classes, and with every complacent D student he meets, he wonders about the erosion of higher education in the United States:
“I had so much respect for my own professors,” I tell myself. “Yet these students seem to be mocking my efforts.”
It’s easy to understand why those who have been doing this for their entire lives might get frustrated, isn’t it? It’s depressing, to think that the college experience now is so degraded, compared to how we remember our own college years, a time of discovery and the excitement that comes with acquiring knowledge.
I was concerned last week when I heard about Google’s plan to share information across all Google accounts. But then prompted by this story on NPR last night, I dialed up my “Ads Preferences Mananger Page,” and this was the extent of the personal information I found:
President John Tyler, 1841-45
I clicked on this link over at Politico yesterday, as it was billed as “Tyler’s Grankid: Newt’s a ‘jerk‘.” Who the hell is Tyler, I wondered? Surely not President John Tyler (1790-1862). Could anyone alive today really have a grandparent who was born in the eighteenth century? Continue reading
First, go read Tenured Radical’s post from yesterday. I’ll wait.
Doesn’t President Barack Obama’s speech at the University of Michigan remind you of the time that George W. Bush went to Notre Dame and Bob Jones and told them to stop being such one-issue whiners about abortion? Or like that time he went to Haliburton and lectured them about keeping costs down, otherwise he would de-fund the National Security State? Yeah: just like that!
Personally, I liked this response– Continue reading
Wasn’t it a heartwarming and remarkable display of bipartisan comity to see the House of Representatives united in their support for the idea that U.S. Congressmen and Congresswomen should not be shot in the face when meeting with constituents? Awesome! (H/t to Fratguy for this observation.)
Although I have nothing against her politics, I’m glad that Gabrielle (Gabby) Giffords finally resigned. Her recovery appears to be remarkable so far, but it’s been apparent for months that she is not up to really serving her district in the way it deserves. It’s monstrously unfair, and I still think her shooting and the deaths of so many others should be discussed in terms of a political assassination attempt, but still: she can’t represent Tucson at this point in her life.
I don’t know what is worse–the fact that The Daily Beast has published a press release for this fertility doctor as a news story, or the fact that this story recycles the completely unbelieveable trope that women in their 30s and 40s are truly surprised when they learn they might not be able to have children:
Some bosses offer dating tips. Diane Sawyer counsels her colleagues on freezing their eggs.
The anchor of ABC’s World News has long been a sounding board for her famously hard-working staff on a host of personal issues, from dating to the more complex realities of a demanding career. A recurring theme with women: finding time away from the office to meet a partner and have kids before they hit 40. It doesn’t always happen, as Sawyer, who first married at age 42, well knows. When it doesn’t, Sawyer sends her workers to New York University’s Fertility Clinic.
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Three quarters come in because they aren’t ready to have children yet. Some are sent by their parents: I know you want to work, but I want grandkids someday. Many are furious their doctors didn’t tell them about egg freezing sooner. “I want to send Diane a basket of flowers for what she’s doing,” says one childless 40-something in the media.
The idea that one could be a woman in her 40s in the media and not be aware of fertility issues is just completely laughable. Continue reading