I’m in that moment where, in the midst of delirium, you piece things together from the past, and suddenly everything makes sense.
The dittos I use for breeding.
LOL Just what I needed this morning while reading about the Price-Anderson Indemnity Act…
"If you want your non-irradiated town back, it will cost approximately P 1 x 10^9…"
The Intelligence Community doesn’t have a page on Performance.gov. I know, I know, but—don’t tell me the IC can’t spend just as wastefully as Bush Republicans on an appropriations binge.
Elsewhere on this site, Roberto A. Ferdman notes that the most frequently awarded grade at Harvard College is an A, while the median grade there is an A minus. “That ought to dispel any notion that Harvard is tough on its students,” he wrote. “Grade inflation may be a victimless crime, but what is the point of having a range of grades if half of them are A- or higher?” I think I have an answer.
Ivy League educational institutions attract a disproportionate share of grade-obsessed overachievers. These young people are extremely driven, aren’t in need of external motivators to learn, but often react to the grading system by gaming it: that is to say, they engage in cut-throat competition with classmates rather than helping one another learn; they manipulate teachers; and they choose earning a higher grade rather than learning more when there is a tension between the two. Their compulsion to succeed as others define it and their sheepish failure to prioritize higher-order benefits with their time at college perhaps makes a grading system based on obvious inflation the best option available.
What’s the cost of grade inflation?
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Oh, baloney. If you obsess about grades, you aren’t learning anything, but if you give everyone an A, you haven’t appropriately evaluated what they’ve learned. The grading system isn’t what needs to change; the culture surrounding failure as part of learning is what must change. And I’m not just saying this because I didn’t always do well in school either—I’m saying this because I have been on the receiving end of grade inflation and I hate it.
We know that apprenticeships pay for themselves many times over - but are there other benefits as well?
Because a college degree doesn’t have to be the only ticket to the middle class.
ALWAYS REBLOG THE URBAN INSTITUTE
i broke a lightbulb on the kitchen floor on thanksgiving day.
miriam was 6 and proclaimed loudly that NOBODY should be barefoot in the kitchen.
i gave her the markers and the paper.she made up the sign for the door.
this was my favorite part of thanksgiving.
someday when she’s older, i’ll explain why all the older women at the party were so gloriously gleeful at her handiwork all day.
Discussing a Group Project at 2AM on the Weekend
- * After a ton of discussion, back-and-forth, and other pain*
- Groupmate (happily): Are you feeling better about this now than you were an hour ago?
- me: Not really. But we'll make it work.
ART: Kimsooja’s Room of Rainbows
South Korean-born artist Kimsooja has had a long, intense career full of installations, performances, photography, videos and site-specific project. This particular installation from 2006 is at the Palace de Cristal in Madrid.
With you, intimacy colours my voice. Even ‘hello’ sounds like ‘come here’.