Thursday, June 25, 2015
I learned early on that most students don’t know or seem to care about my title or my status, and for me, that’s the bottom line. I have found that students are oblivious to stratification within academia – the cascade of titles and honors that starts with part-timers at the bottom, and then officially begins with Assistant Professor, the tenuous first step which initiates the gradual and arduous climb up and up, until – if lucky – one reaches Associate, Full and eventually, at the far end of the career spectrum, Emeritus, the end of the line, after decades of classes taught, research conducted, peer-reviewed articles and books published, talks given and dissertations advised.
When prospective parents and students tromp around campus, asking all the right questions, they are rarely prompted to ask one of the most relevant questions: “Will my professors be part-time (low-paid) labor?” No, if they ask anything related to the status of teachers, they want to know if the professors have doctorates, and often the answer is “yes”, avoiding the issue of labor stratification altogether.
That said, most students just assume that their teacher is the professori agree with this. no one asks (even about the doctor thing, most of the time). the author then reflects on position, status, and unions.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
it started in 2006 with this post: advice for my daughter. the final version is as follows:
Sometimes the best way to say it has already been said:
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Now through the white orchard my little dog
romps, breaking the new snow
with wild feet.
Running here running there, excited,
hardly able to stop, he leaps, he spins
until the white snow is written upon
in large, exuberant letters,
a long sentence, expressing
the pleasures of the body in this world.
Oh, I could not have said it better.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
"But maybe keep in mind that moving inequality around isn’t exactly the same as addressing inequality."
Love it! From an article doing a great public service to keep us thinking about the harms of for-profit education and reminding us of the link between that and poverty.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Stephen Colbert on the lethal injection drug shortage: he suggests new methods of execution. He says we can use gravity to execute those on death row.
"Just shove the condemned off the Sears tower. If he survives the drop, remember he'll land in Chicago and someone will shoot him."
Also, he says, don't worry about it being cruel and unusual punishment. "If we are cruel often enough, it won't be unusual."
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2. Do you listen responsively to a story you have heard before rather than squash the pleasure of the boy who is telling it?
3. If you are going to the movies with another girl, do you look presentable enough to cope with an unexpected encounter?
4. If your bureau drawers or closets were open to view without warning, could you stand the inspection without apologies?
5. In a serious discussion which includes both sexes, can you keep from being overpowering even though you know a great deal on the subject?
6. If a boy forgets his manners, can you restrain yourself from correcting him?
7. Are you able to refuse a kiss without hurting a boy’s pride and sending him home in a huff?
8. If that special boy told you he liked your long hair, would you keep it long to please him?
9. Have you the courage to be nice to a boy whom the other girls consider a bore?
10. In stores, are you apt to moon over pretty lingerie and perfume?
Scoring: Seven or more yesses: you are a veritable flower of femininity! Five to seven yesses: there are a few thorns. Under five: ouch!
From the February 1960 issue of Seventeen magazine and Pink Think by Lynn Peril (2002).