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#1
General Discussion / Re: elderly aunt is injured
Last post by Wahoo Redux - Today at 08:15:52 AM
Quote from: kaysixteen on June 23, 2024, 09:31:25 PMMy own health is improving

Very good news, my friend.  Hang in there!!!
#2
General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
Last post by cathwen - Today at 07:50:45 AM
Good morning/afternoon!

QB yesterday with help for buoyant, yuan, and nanobot. QB today!

LB: I also had disqualify-yacht. No luck today yet.

Happy puzzling!
#3
The State of Higher Ed / Re: Colleges in Dire Financial...
Last post by apl68 - Today at 07:45:07 AM
Quote from: AmLitHist on June 23, 2024, 10:36:11 AMFontbonne University is in the process of closing down, and MacMurray College/U shut down in 2020. Yet our school's brain(less) trust is building like mad, with more to come (e.g., most of my original campus buildings will be demolished, replaced by new, within the next 4 years), while our enrollments are in steady decline. Nervous, much? I think we (my faculty colleagues and I) would be nuts to not be. Whenever they want to offer a buyout, I'll be in line. 

Hard to believe that any school is still trying that strategy at this point, after so many have gotten caught out doing it.
#4
General Discussion / Re: Look! A bird!
Last post by apl68 - Today at 07:27:29 AM
This morning I got close enough to the park's little geese to hear them.  They make cute little chirping sounds.  I had supposed that they would already be squawking like their elders.  It was a pleasant surprise.
#5
General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
Last post by Langue_doc - Today at 07:22:35 AM
Good morning!

QB-short and sweet today. Missed about four words yesterday, one of them being nanny, which I know I entered quite early on. Oh, well.

Deadlines, and more deadlines. It's going to be a chained-to-the desk week.

Happy solving!
#6


2) Ya know when most of us were getting straight A's in high school, there were people in our classes who were dumb and felt like cr@p about themselves because of us. We were trying to get good grades and we probably sincerely loved learning. But, we made dumb people feel dumb. Those people are now directing their anger towards professors, especially since the high-tech global economy allowed a path for smart nerds to win and increased the chances for dumb people to lose.
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Reminds me of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4XePPkTdCU&ab_channel=JonK

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#7
General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
Last post by ab_grp - Today at 06:50:55 AM
Good morning!

Got to genius with pangrams so far.  Yesterday husband got to QBABH but had to help me with nanobot, unban, yuan.

For LB I had the schmofficial disqualify-yacht as well.

Happy solving!
#8
The State of Higher Ed / Re: Columbia deans placed on l...
Last post by Ruralguy - Today at 06:22:02 AM
I don't know, maybe a finance expert can come up with a better answer, but to me, its a matter of cutting the cost which you can only do if you either cut expenses or get a bigger source of income from non-tuition sources. Realistically, most colleges can't do the second one in a significant way to reduce costs in a meaningful way.
Therefore, you have to cut what people don't want, even if it means half of us or future "us" lose jobs. And, yes, some of that can be administrators and some can be coaches, but some of it will have to be in faculty of departments that students and parents and the like just don't care about it. Sorry. I don't mean to be mean. It just seems to be the only way I can think of.
#9
The State of Higher Ed / Re: IHE: Trustees Dissolve Fac...
Last post by Sea_Ice - Today at 06:17:43 AM
Quote from: Ruralguy on June 23, 2024, 12:33:20 PMThat's easy. People don't value education, or at least only value a very circumscribed version of education. Conservatives especially don't value it, and its weird, but I find that this is even and maybe especially true among conservative doctors, lawyers, etc. I think their view is that they didn't really need to read Shakespeare, learn Spanish, or even Calculus in order to take out someone's gall bladder. Education should be more streamlined so that it won't open itself out to irrelevant stuff and woke-ism (in their view). 

Quote from: lightning on Today at 03:43:15 AM
Quote from: methodsman on June 17, 2024, 12:49:51 PMI predict this will eventually happen in a number of other states', obviously conservative ones.  Maybe even trickle into the private not-for-profit sector.

How did being a college professor go from being the best job in the world to near the bottom?

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All of the above, but I'll add a couple more related reasons.



1) A lot of professional people don't think that we deserve our positions, just because we are smart, because they're smart too (accountants, attorneys, doctors, mechanics, engineers, architects, IT professionals, etc.), but they don't get tenure, a self-directed flexible schedule, the power to tell your boss to fvck off, etc.

2) Ya know when most of us were getting straight A's in high school, there were people in our classes who were dumb and felt like cr@p about themselves because of us. We were trying to get good grades and we probably sincerely loved learning. But, we made dumb people feel dumb. Those people are now directing their anger towards professors, especially since the high-tech global economy allowed a path for smart nerds to win and increased the chances for dumb people to lose.

Yes, all of this - plus the increasingly common confusion between what constitutes education and what constitutes training.  There are different words b/c they are not identical things, but too few people seem to remember that.  And, different people have different abilities to respond to & be shaped by each of them - this isn't a 'one-size-fits-all' world.

It's also sad that so many people seem to merge the continuum of "brain-washing - indoctrination - training" with the various levels of education.  There are many events/beliefs/etc. studied in higher Ed that you wouldn't want to adopt as personal practice, yet we study them without becoming them.  The crucial recognition that such is possible is becoming, unfortunately, quite rare.
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The State of Higher Ed / Re: Colleges in Dire Financial...
Last post by Hibush - Today at 06:17:10 AM
Quote from: selecter on Today at 05:37:39 AMStrongly agree. When the former Selecter U went down in '19, the admins refused to pay faculty who worked 9 and got paid over 12, with the reasoning being "we are broke." We eventually got it, but it aided misery to misery.

The great Chuck Berry's principle applies when transacting with financially struggling colleges, "Money up front, man!"