At least a dozen ways to stoopid, by Froma Harrop: Bill Gates recently predicted: “Five years from now on the Web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world. It will be better than any single university.” A year at a university costs an average $50,000, the Microsoft founder and Harvard dropout … Continue reading She opened the press release all by herself!
This is the first of the 2010-2011 academic year’s series, Excellence Without Money(a term coined by the b!tchez at Roxie’s World in their series on the high cost of not funding higher education.) For the full archives at both blogs, click away on those links, darlings. I’ve been doing a little thinking about the effects of … Continue reading The net effect of the "high cost of higher ed" argument
Howdy, friends: I was away for a long holiday weekend, but now I’m back in the saddle and ready to ride on out. Lots of great news and views in the blogosphere–so I’ll let your fingers do the clicking while I catch up on my day job! First, Tenured Radical has a great post up … Continue reading Tuesday roundup: drunken a$$hats edition
Over Ten Million Served: Gendered Service in Lanugage and Literature Workplaces is a new book edited by Michelle A. Massé and Katie J. Hogan that raises two old questions: 1) Why don’t academic workplaces value service and honor it in career advancement to the degree it should be, and 2) How is this undervaluing of … Continue reading I didn't wake up angry about my six-hour per week job.
I saw this article published Sunday about the murderer of University of Virginia student and lacrosse star Yeardley Love, and was puzzled by the headline that appeared to juxtapose the life of “privilege, [and] rage” he led. The lede in the story then contrasts the murderer’s appearance on the links at an exclusive country club just … Continue reading Privilege, rage, and Southern Honor
I’ve got a question for all of you proffies out there, in any and all disciplines: do any of your departments give credit from your university to high school students taking “approved” courses for college credit in their high schools? As in, they’ll take an advanced class taught by a high school teacher (like perhaps an AP or IB … Continue reading Sheep dip from Baa Ram U.
I don’t really get out much to see new movies–the best I can do is get them on NetFlix and hope that I can manage to stay awake past 9 p.m. to watch them. So, international travel permits me an almost unparalleled opportunity to watch a variety of recent movies! Herewith are a few short reviews … Continue reading International flight film reviews
I always liked Howard Dean. I thought he was the best choice in 2004, and although I don’t know if he would have beat Bush, he would have gone down swinging (unlike John Kerry.) Although he’s been on TV over the last several months speaking up for “health care reform,” like the good Dem that he … Continue reading Howard Dean: harshing that Village of Oz buzz
Another in our occasional series on the Great Recession and the crisis in funding public institutions of higher education, with thanks to Moose at Roxie’s World for coining the phrase “Excellence without Money!” Johann Neem, an Associate Professor of History at Western Washington University, has an article over at Inside Higher Ed called “Reviving the Academic … Continue reading Excellence without Money!, part III: Knowledge without Books!
It’s interesting (and sadly unsurprising) to me that two of the most powerful and emotional arguments the right-wing is mounting against health care reform have women’s bodies–or, more specifically, their uteri–at the center of them. First of all, of course, the faithful are being scared to death that increasing government involvement in and funding for health care will … Continue reading Women's bodies in the crosshairs of "health care reform"