Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday's post is the Mercury version of the Ford Escort

Crappity-crap, you people sent me a lot of news links this week.  I don't know if there's enough pixels to hold them all.

U. of Tennessee at Martin Encourages Helicopter Parents to Hover
This actually seems to me like a good plan.  It gives parents all the info that they would normally call a professor to find out.  I don't give a shit if they are bad parents as long as they stay out of my hair.

Chicago's Nifty Pilot Program To Fix Our Student-Loan Mess
I don't know if this will pan out but I doubt it will be any worse than our current efforts to reign in student debt.  It does seem to target the students majoring in fields that would most likely allow them to repay their loans anyway.

New Illinois pension law threatens wave of retirements at U of I
There's a bunch of accounting stuff in here that's not really interesting.  What caught my eye was:
1.  Poor writing is now called a "drafting error."  No, selecting Ryan Leaf is a drafting error.  You just fucked up.
2.  “Unless the language in the bill is corrected, faculty and staff have an incentive to retire on June 30, whether they want to or not,” he said. 
Dude, our students give us an incentive to retire every single day.

Teachers cyberbullied by students and their parents
Sorry but I can't get worked up about teachers "reported being the target of nasty comments posted on social media sites."  Am I too mean if I recommend that they get over it?

I've got several more that will appear in a post later today.

Have a good Saturday!

1 comment:

  1. Actually, UT-Martin's "landing pad" sounds pretty well-thought-out to me: for instance, it offers parents access to midterm and final grades, but not the LMS grade feed (so parents aren't monitoring every bit of homework, paper that can still be revised, etc.,etc.). Do I think it would be better if college students were mature enough to simply share information as appropriate with their parents (who, if they're paying tuition, certainly have the right to some basic information, of whatever type they and the student agree on: say final grades, or a GPA)? sure. Does it sound like reasonable compromise with the realities of delayed/prolonged entry into adulthood? yes.

    I do, however, wonder about FERPA, and also hope that students have the option of maintaining complete privacy from an abusive or simply dysfunctional parent (as long as they're paying the bills, through some combination of aid, earnings, and loans, themselves).