Links October 13, 2022

Yes, Bernie and the other oldies in government should step aside and let a Boomer or a Gen-Xer take their place. Diane Feinstein in particular. Cringy comments about the Internet in Senate hearings should be a barrier to re-election. Also, by the same author in another substack (where all the fun is happening right now) has a piece on the hard NYU professor.

They know how to help kids with reading problems, but schools are still not making the necessary changes. It’s so exhausting.

Teenage mental health continues to suck. I think we need to rethink everything. Getting the kids outside experiencing the world is a good goal. I’m a huge fan of Outward Bound.

Disabled adults, like the seniors, are going to see a 8.7 percent jump in their Social security payments — it’s a cost of living adjustment. My kid will get an extra $800 per year, which won’t make a massive difference, but he’ll take it.

I bought these books for $200 in the spring. Fixed them up over the summer (the leather was fragile and needed some oil) and listed them last month for $1,850. SOLD! I’m spending the afternoon packaging them up.

4 thoughts on “Links October 13, 2022

  1. Well done on the books.
    I’m back to teaching just one section of freshman composition this term, and what I see in my one section sample is a lot of kids who are shell-shocked still from the COVID online experience. They have had to learn what it’s like to be in a face to face classroom–hard to draw them out sometimes. I think they trust me and their classmates more now than they did the first week or two, but that may come from all the group activities I have used, many of which worked OK online, but many of which did not–being in a room with other people and interacting with them was hard for them at first.

    Agree with you about getting folks outside. It helps a lot. One of my oldest friends went through Outward Bound before he went to grad school in the 70s–it changed his life. My version was being a platoon leader in the Army at the same time he went through that. Worked for me.


  2. Fabulous on the books. I feel like some of them are worth saving, and I hope they do get saved, in the sense of finding a new home (even a movie studio). But, its cool to make the profit!

    I’ll note that there’s reasonable evidence that the NYU professor was fired because he was an ineffective teacher and a kind of cruel one, at least for modern times. I thought Jessica Calarco’s take was good.

    I do think college students need rehabilitation to get their school tools working again and that some will have holes that need to be addressed (though fear that it is more likely that they will shift their focus, rather than deal with the holes, say, in chemistry taken entirely online).


  3. “Yes, Bernie and the other oldies in government should step aside and let a Boomer or a Gen-Xer take their place. Diane Feinstein in particular.” Ron and the Klainiacs were absolute geniuses to put the conspicuously incompetent Kamala Harris in place as veep, because it insulates Biden from removal.


  4. I like the article about the NYU professor. I don’t know if the exact case fits the article’s interpretation but there is a fundamental truth in it. Not everyone can do everything. I teach chemistry and I promise you that a LOT of students who enter college with a goal of going to medical school are not capable of the level of academic performance needed to reach and survive medical school. It isn’t doing them a favor to water down intro classes and then have them realize as juniors or seniors that their career plan may not be possible. At that point it’s hard to change majors and figure out what else they might do well at with only a limited amount of time.

    I’m super supportive and helpful with any students who want help. I would never teach a deliberate weed-out class. BUT I’ve definitely had students hit the wall in Chem 101 and that just isn’t a person who should be pursuing medical school. The problem isn’t just that we should get rid of chemistry, it’s that it exposes weaknesses in academic ability or work ethic on the part of the students.


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