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 on: Today at 08:21:39 pm 
Started by mountainguy - Last post by daddyprof
Dear NSF:

Screw you for going along with the reviewer who said my project had no broader impact because "according to Wikipedia the study site is 94% White." That's not even true about that place. But hey, it saves you the trouble of looking at the percentage of kids on free/reduced lunch (in the proposal), or looking at the demographics of the second population to be serviced (in the proposal). Here's an idea: Try reading the proposals instead of Wikipedia.

Also, stop telling us this process is a pure meritocracy. It's not an actual meritocracy. Screw you.
Love and giggles,
Old Scratch

I mean, I would say this, but no one would care.

 on: Today at 08:21:02 pm 
Started by vardahilwen - Last post by tinyzombie
Achoo. Sniff.

 on: Today at 08:20:47 pm 
Started by neutralname - Last post by neutralname
Students should be educated about the difference between "Never Attended" and "Withdrawal" and what counts as attendance in online courses.  Some of our students suffer consequences of having "attended" an online course when they weren't sure they would be able to participate and were looking for more info.  TI'm not sure of the exact details but I know that they have lost funding because of this. They would have been better off emailing me and getting a copy of the syllabus to find out rather than logging on.

 on: Today at 08:19:37 pm 
Started by ysupenguin1984 - Last post by proftowanda
"Lincoln had slaves."

I've heard this too -- my student just told me "I read it somewhere."
This actually afforded opportunity for an exercise in logic:  When did Lincoln live in a slave state, and did he then have sufficient wealth to purchase slaves?  Conversely, when Lincoln was wealthy, did he then live in a slave state?  (This also afforded opportunity to discuss slavery existent in allegedly non-slave states -- but, again, when? etc.)

The student disliked logic as much as she disliked history, as both caused cognitive dissonance and required actual . . . thought.  She dropped.  So, she no doubt continues to claim that Lincoln had slaves. 

I just hope that she did not pass other courses with grades sufficient to achieve her aim of being a K12 teacher.

So, really, this should be filed under "Classroom Victories."

I wish that I could see it that way.  However, the victory is when I see students understand the crucial significance of evidence in history, how to assess such sources, etc.  Fortunately, I do witness those victories in students who stick with it, bless them. 

 on: Today at 08:17:54 pm 
Started by nordyandtheglamazons - Last post by alleyoxenfree
Harlan County USA is surprisingly topical today and my students found it riveting (they would not have been allowed to see something this raw in high school, obviously.

America the Beautiful, by Darryl Roberts, is a good look inside the media construction of beauty, weight, gender.

Which Way Home is gripping and thought-provoking.

Mad Hot Ballroom is less depressing than some, while offering lots to talk about in terms of school funding, opportunity and socioeconomic class, bullying, gender, arts vs. sci, all kinds of things.

 on: Today at 08:16:03 pm 
Started by nordyandtheglamazons - Last post by fishbrains
My students enjoy The Atomic Cafe, although the younger ones don't recognize the "historical" figures like Reagan, Nixon, etc.

 on: Today at 08:15:47 pm 
Started by spork - Last post by spork
I resemble that remark! None of the Burmese refugees I know think a comfort pig will relieve their anxiety. Social services agencies, housing subsidies, English training, good schools for their children, yes, but a pet pig, no.

But a pig that can be made into pork chops and bacon will be a fine food source, thus relieving a pretty fundamental source of anxiety, yes?

Maslow's hierarchy and all of that.

Perhaps for that student. I'm pretty sure that slaughtering a pig in a dorm would cause the anxiety levels in the other students to ramp to new highs. They'd all end up with scripts for therapy pets.

I think refugees with anxiety define animals as "food sources" rather than as "anxiety relievers."

Famous and possibly apocryphal story about Berry College, Rome, GA: a female student of hardy rural origin bagged a deer on campus, took the dead animal into her dorm, and butchered it in the bathroom.

 on: Today at 08:14:19 pm 
Started by fiona - Last post by ergative
My local paper had an article on the (alleged) rise of bogus service animals. You can buy a harness on Ebay with bright "Service Animal" tags and slap it on your cat or dog or possum and go anywhere, apparently. Business owners are not sure how to react. Some are poorly-trained or not trained at all and mix it up with real service dogs used by blind people. Or so the article said--I am not sure if this is an actual trend or a slow news day. I do see more dogs in stores than I used to.

The New Yorker also had an entertaining piece about this; turkeys, alpacas and pigs also make an appearance.

 on: Today at 08:12:46 pm 
Started by britmom - Last post by latico
Chiming in a little late to say to Britmom, so glad you're OK and you survived a trip to an American ER!  They are truly dreadful (I was just in one recently, and after six hours, I threatened to leave if I wasn't seen [all I needed was 5 minutes of a doctor's time to say "You are OK and can go home," which I waited four hours after my CT scan to get}; when they realized I was serious about leaving, someone saw me right away and got me out of there). I'm not surprised you were horrified--a friend was just in England and had several days of hospital care there, and the difference was like night and day.  The nurses were nice and friendly.  When he first went to the ER (not sure what they call it over there), he was offered food and drink regularly, as well as a blanket; he was also checked on frequently.  None of those things happened to me. I sat in a windowless room on a plastic hard chair for four hours.  The woman next to me was very, very ill and when she asked to have her daughter with her, they refused, saying that the daughter wouldn't have anywhere to sit down. Meanwhile, at least ten nurses were standing around and chatting at the nurses' station, doing *nothing* at all!  In one of the actual rooms with a bed, a man was vomiting and his wife was dealing with it; she asked the nurses for help and they refused to help her, preferring to stand around chatting about their upcoming vacations.  They seemed to think that basic nursing care was beneath them.  I will do almost anything to avoid a trip to the ER. I'm so glad you are OK Britmom!  Stay out of the ER if you can! Or rather, stay out of big city ERs.  I have been in various small town ERs that were fine; the nurses were friendly and nice and caring; the service was speedy.  When it's a fairly large metro area, though, they are terrible.

 on: Today at 08:12:28 pm 
Started by ysupenguin1984 - Last post by fishbrains
Chicken farms raise chickens hanging upside down by their feet.

Hmmmm . . . chicken yoga. Tender, juicy, and centered.

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