All the Thursday Links
* Shocking police overreach haunts Southern city: Racial profiling, quotas and secret “conviction bonuses.” Yes, of course it’s Durham.
* Nazis! Me no like those guys. Neo-Nazis Are Using Cookie Monster to Recruit German Children.
* BREAKING: Governing boards don’t care about adjuncts.
* All of which is just to say that it’s a handy thing, should you ever get elected to anything, to think a little about who’ll replace you when your term is done. Because you should leave. It’s good for your brain, and it’s good for the university. It’s also good for the soul to know that you’re not irreplaceable.
* Now the head women’s basketball coach is out at Marquette. Second-highest-paid employee on campus.
* The Legend of Vera Nabokov. The old days, guys, am I right?
* Meanwhile, everything old is new again: Adam Terry, McAllister’s chief of staff, said Peacock was taken off of the payroll during the past 24 hours.
* “Duke Collective” now Internet-famous for wage-sharing idea that if you knew the institutional context you’d realize isn’t really oh forget it.
* I’d like to tell you what was wrong with the tests my students took last week, but I can’t. Pearson’s $32 million contract with New York State to design the exams prohibits the state from making the tests public and imposes a gag order on educators who administer them. So teachers watched hundreds of thousands of children in grades 3 to 8 sit for between 70 and 180 minutes per day for three days taking a state English Language Arts exam that does a poor job of testing reading comprehension, and yet we’re not allowed to point out what the problems were.
* St. Michael’s in Vermont plans to survive by shrinking.
* Superficially plausible readings of fuzzy demographic signifiers: The Muppets and Generation X.
* The Vermont solution: single-payer. I don’t have a ton of hope in the American system, but I think this plan could actually work.
* And I still think this is more a heat map of imperial ideology (don’t kill people in Europe!) than of “knowledge” per se. I think you’d see the opposite effect about a country in the Global South.
Written by gerrycanavan
April 10, 2014 at 9:27 am
Posted in Look at what I found on the Internet
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