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Archive for May, 2006

Summer Institute Update

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

We’ve finished day three of our Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning. Tomorrow is wrap-up day.
The plenary sessions with Donna Llewellyn have been good. The information she has presented is not earth-shattering, but the discussions that she has encouraged, both in small groups and as one large group, have been edifying.
One of her […]

Racism, as defined by Seattle Public Schools

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Hat tip to The Volokh Conspiracy, who points us to this definition of Cultural Racism by the Seattle Public Schools:
Those aspects of society that overtly and covertly attribute value and normality to white people and Whiteness, and devalue, stereotype, and label people of color as “other?, different, less than, or render them invisible. Examples of […]

“Colleges started competing for her to come”

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

So says William Taylor, father of Ashley and eight other homeschooled children, on Ashley’s popularity with college admissions offices.
From homeschooling detractors, like Dr. Jim West, we have statements like:
The homeschooled children I have known who have gone to college have, to a person, “gone wild” as soon as outside their parents control.
And yet we have […]

Audemus jura nostra defendere

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

We’ve been in Montgomery, Alabama, for the weekend to attend the wedding of my cousin’s daughter. It was a very nice affair, with the wedding at a large United Methodist Church in Montgomery, and the reception at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
When we entered Alabama on Friday, we stopped at the Welcome Center […]

“Without communications, all I control is my desk”

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

“Communications are the nervous system of the entire SAC organization, and their protection is therefore, of the greatest importance. I like to say that without communications, all I control is my desk, and that is not a very lethal weapon.”
– Gen. T.S. Power, CINCSAC, May 1959
found at the Federation of American Scientists […]

The Evolution of Dance

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

My sister put me on to this one. It’s six minutes long, but it’s pretty darn funny.
One comment (caution: spoiler):
The Oompa-Loompa dance is out of chronological order.

Summer Institute

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Next week, our university will be hosting the 4th Annual Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning (SITL). This is a three and a half day workshop for Western faculty. Part of the time is spent in plenary sessions with a guest facilitator. This year, our facilitator is Donna Llewellyn, Director of Georgia […]

A few short notes

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

I had to update our 30 year high school reunion site tonight (by the way, we went with MyEvent.com), the latest in my many excuses for not posting more.  Here are some tidbits:

The military site formerly known as The Officers’ Club is now called Op For.  Still a great site for all things military.
Over at […]

End of Semester Report

Monday, May 8th, 2006

The semester ended last Friday with exams. I am through with classes for another year.
It wasn’t my best semester.
My Theory of Computation class went off pretty well. It was a smaller than usual group, which allowed for a great deal of interaction. I lectured for the most part (as usual), but there […]

The three letters that are stifling academic innovation

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

M, W, and F.
I had a sort of epiphany this semester. Modern higher education is premised on the idea that every academic topic can be fit into a three hour teaching box once a week for 15 weeks (or 10 in a quarter system). This has two significant results:

It assumes that all […]

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