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Archive for May, 2005

Running and Dogs

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Trying to catch up on financial paperwork this evening, so I don’t have much to post. But here’s some mindless junk, some of which was inspired by my thoughts as I went for a run this afternoon.
1) As I was running, I started thinking about dogs. It might have been I heard one […]


Sunday, May 29th, 2005

Just got back from the North Carolina Homeschool Conference (more on that in a later post). Mom and Dad kept the daughter up in Avery County, NC, near Grandfather Mountain while we attended the conference in Winston-Salem.
This morning, we decided to do the tourist thing on Grandfather before heading back to Cullowhee. […]

ACMS Conference

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

The Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (ACMS) is having their Bienniel Conference next week (June 1-4) in Huntington, IN. If I weren’t tied up with Department Head duties, it would probably be a worthwhile trip. Heck, I could even stop by Franklin College near Indianapolis while I was out there to […]

Mouth Shut, Laptops Open

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

There’s an interesting article at Insider Higher Ed entitled “Toward a Transparent Classroom”, written by Jefferson Flanders of New York University. I think it has interesting insights on the future of education in a technological and interconnected world.
Professor Flanders begins by relating a recent teaching experience and his subsequent epiphany. A student […]

State Math Test Drops the Ball on Football Question

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

In this morning’s Asheville Citizen-Times was a story about a math question on our state seventh-grade test. I couldn’t find an online version from our local paper, but here’s a link to the story in Greensboro’s News-Record. A summary from the story:

On an end-of-grade test this month, seventh-graders had to calculate the average […]

No “Theocracy” Looming

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

Great column in Thursday’s Mobile Register by Quin Hillyer (hat tip: Southern Appeal - actually Hillyer himself, who writes for SA). I’m not crazy about the title of the piece (”National media witch hunt against the religious right”), but I think he hits the important points, mostly that the influence of the religious […]

Book Queue

Friday, May 20th, 2005

I’m planning to tear myself away from the tube this summer and try to do some reading. I’ve already completed a couple of fiction pieces: Sons of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer and Prey by Michael Crichton. Light and entertaining reading.
Now it’s time to move on to more edifying fare. I’ve got three […]

Wisdom from a Teenager

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

I’ve just read through the new Carnival of Education, and I’m glad I did. I’ve received my encouragement (and conviction) for the week.
You sometimes wonder as a parent if you’re making a difference. Spunky at SpunkyHomeSchool no longer needs to worry. Her 14-year-old son has just given her new hope that the […]

How do you define greatness?

Monday, May 16th, 2005

The Discovery Channel plans one of those stupid reality TV votes on the greatest Americans (a rather blatant rip-off of the BBC’s Greatest Britons contest). The list is pretty appalling, with the vast majority being current celebrities who are HIGHLY unlikely to stand the test of time.

Summer Reflections: Attendance

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

I finally had a chance to read my student evaulations. Whereas many departments use numeric evaluations (bubble forms and such), our department still relies on narratives. I always tell my students that I take their comments seriously, which I do, so I was a little hesitant to write about them. But when […]

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