Tag Archives: Higher Education

Stick With Toilets and Condoms, Bill Gates

Why does a Thinker for Hire waste even a fragment of a second?

A fragment of a second is 3 seconds too long on these cover stories about (I can’t even TYPE the phrase “education reform” without feeling queasy) in national magazines.

But when it’s spread out on the kitchen table, and reading is a temporary but welcome respite from weekday morning chaos, and her eyes must rest somewhere while chewing her sugary cud, where else should a TfH look?

And here’s what those fragments of time taught me: that as bad as I already thought Bill Gates was for education, with his self-made billionaire high school dropout hubris,

IT’S WORSE THAN EVEN I THOUGHT.

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Disrupt This!

Disruption is popular these days. Maybe you  noticed.

Maybe you heard a corporate type complete a full sentence, with complex clauses and maybe even a metaphor, without uttering the word aloud. But you know she was thinking it.

Even if she says the word without salivating, the way I might say “train station” or “zoology,” even when delight or greed or hubris is not evident on her face or in her voice, you know she’s thinking about disruption as the ticket to her new life as Steve Jobs.

I realize I generalize.

But this is the Internet.

Sometimes a Thinker for Hire needs to make a point.

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Thinker for Hire Fixes Education

Pre-K to infinity.

1. Pay and train teachers at prestige levels

2. Include career educators in all policy reform conversations and decisions

3. End poverty, mothertruckers

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A Quick Word on Passion, Post-Academics, and Rage

Happy New Year!

1. I heard on NPR this morning a story about a gay dude dishonorably discharged from the Marines in 1956. He’s dying of cancer. And his dying wish was to get his status changed to “honorable.” Because Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed hallelujah.

This process usually takes up to 6 months. Hal didn’t have 6 months. So the marines gave him his new papers in 2 weeks.

Sometimes there is good news.

2. More selfishly. About me, and my essay in the new e-book Moving On: Essays on the Aftermath of Leaving Academia.

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#Post-Ac Essay in Progress!

Hey y’all, I’m working on another post-ac essay. It’s Part Three of last year’s two-part blog series about reading only women authors.

The part where I figure out why I care increasingly less about my dissertation research every year. (Is that true?! It may be true??!!!??)

Here’s a teaser from the draft:

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