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I'm going to spend most of my day dealing with a student who has pushed me hard enough that I now have to push back. Since my teaching style (such as it is) is inspired by the cliched immovable object, the sheer fact that I am going to push back should tell you something about how irritated I am. Feh.

So, while I'm away, more Seth Godin:

We almost want to blame the thing we're anxious about on the person who isn't panicking. "Don't you care! Can't you see that we're all gonna die! That we're going to go bankrupt? That the world as we know it is going to end?"

More people are killed by deer than sharks, but you don't see park rangers running around like nutcases.

Read the rest of it here.

Also, the fact that the CDC has had to officially answer the question "can I get Swine Flu from eating pork?" makes me sad. We really have given up on teaching science in schools, haven't we.

Also, from Teresa Nielsen Hayden:

We are reasonable human beings. We can seek out reliable information, and have useful, reasonable conversations about issues that matter to us. So what if we’re not all experts on every possible subject? We can help each other understand. If it’s not our turn to be the expert this time, it may be our turn next week; and a good discussion makes everyone smarter.


There were some college students on the bus reminding each other not to eat pork the other day. They were from CMU (a top 20 school). Smart? Maybe. Well-informed? Not.

Problem student - remind him of our family name and that your dad takes a very dim view of people who aggrevate his daughter. He will swim with the fishes.

No, science and mathe are no longer taught.

Grodin & Hayden - spot on.

there have been several discussions in the newsroom about eating pork w/r/t swine flu. sigh.

"Sigmund Freud later hypothesized that the amount of time devoted to needlework by young women might lead to daydreaming and ultimately to hysteria."

from In Praise of the Needlewoman by Gail Carolyn Sirna

The eating pork thing is too funny and too true. Knock on wood, but I have not had any psycho, uh I mean difficult, students this semester (and I have a lot of students 78 in my two lecture sections alone).

Let the ignorant worry. I love good pork, and I have a freezer.

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