Category Archives: News

“Trying to find the right answer at any cost.”

((current status = up at 8am for Regents tutoring, none of my students showed up, and college seminar with 9th grade at 1pm…and found out they’re not going to get their field trip tomorrow, despite the improvements in their behavior. … Continue reading

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The glass isn’t bulletproof.

((current status = hear that? It’s the sound of my rationality flying out the window.)) Last Wednesday, there was a shoot-out at our site. A few coworkers, kids, and I had entered the center. I was starting to help a … Continue reading

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Once upon a time, adjuncts were treated fairly. Except that we never were.

((current status = raging against the machine. That is, the academic hiring machine. Yeah. I just went there.)) I’d read “Confessions of a Tenured Professor” in Inside Higher Ed a while back, but it left me too incensed to coherently … Continue reading

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Abolishing grades: a pipe-dream that could come true (?)

((current status = boy, am I screwed on my grading)) Which is why, of course, I’m blogging right now. Expect a “WTF Retrospective” post later on the strange and hilarious items I’ve encountered in student papers since I began teaching. … Continue reading

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“We are like the dust of history being blown away.”

((current status = my life is moving, and I’m not in it)) When I start thinking about genocide and/or war, I go to the images first. Maybe this is so I can feel as though I’ve survived something. Reading the … Continue reading

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Bearing witness.

((current status = awaiting final portfolios and reflecting on the one-year anniversary of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which leaves me feeling disconnected, unreal, and strange)) This month marksĀ the anniversary of the bloody end of Sri Lanka’s civil war. On 2009 … Continue reading

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The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War

((current status = 1 tbsp melted honey + lemon juice + 1/4 cup rum + boiling water = quick-fix cold cure)) Authors Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva were members of the so-called Bang-Bang Club, a group of South African photographers … Continue reading

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