I swear a lot, and I’m polite, so I found these cholorpleths interesting:
I grew up in Buffalo in the 80’s, and I think it was a lot swearier than they show it to be. And, my first (professor) job was in Alabama; I actually got negative comments on my evaluations that I had sworn in class. Both these things make me think the map is somehow inaccurate.
FWIW: When I was a young slacker I had a summer job as laborer in a high school. The head custodian made up new swear words. One time he was calling me out in front of the whole crew for some problem with a painting job. And he screams "You paint like a dogfuck!" That wasn’t even one of his better ones, but it got to me, and I started laughing uncontrollably. He tried yelling more, but eventually he started laughing too and just walked away shaking his head.
Both are intended to give K-12 teachers more time out of the classroom … for all things they do outside the classroom that are more important than the kids in the classroom: “… Because there is so much pressure placed on educators as the result of legislative mandates and board rules”.
This new policy was passed at a little-attended school board meeting over the summer. I’ve yet to meet a single person not on the board who knew this was coming (including more than one principal).
vX acquaintance Pete Akins makes an excellent point:
[Superintendant] Dulaney said the school day for the district’s high schools and middle schools would begin later every Wednesday to make time for the teachers to have their collaboration time in professional learning communities. …
Dulaney said in schools with high-functioning professional learning communities, policies and decisions are made mutually by all stakeholders, which includes students, teachers, paraprofessionals and families. …
After providing a brief outline of the plans for implementing late-start days at each secondary school in the district, parents and teachers weighed in on the subject.
Parent Pete Akins shared his concerns on how the proposed schedule changes could impact families.
He cited Dulaney’s statement that in high-functioning professional learning communities, all decisions and policies are made by stakeholders.
“If this decision has already been made, but has not been made with all of the stakeholders … it’s difficult to believe that all further policies would include all the stakeholders,” Akins said. [emphasis added]
Pete should take a run around the bases for that one … although its pithiness will matter little to the bureaucracy.
Of course, as I re-read this, it occurs to me that perhaps the superintendent doesn’t really intend her professional learning communities to be “high-functioning” at all. If she was just talking figuratively about the abstract, then she’s in the clear not to consult stakeholders at all … which is pretty much what they did this past summer.
Kudos to the vXwife, who thought up a name for our 2002 girl that’s lovely, and not to be seen on the map.
Funny though, how Ashley starts cropping up in 1983, gives Jessica a run for its money all through the 80’s, peaks in 1991-2, and is gone by 1999; while Madison starts out in 1996, peaks about 5 years later, and then fades out. Ashley Madison is, of course, an online service that hooks up willing young women with potential sugar daddy’s. I guess it wouldn’t have worked if they’d dubbed the site Mary Lisa or Jennifer Jessica: that would’ve signaled someone much older.
Here’s a little plug for some alumni. Trent* and Janelle Brown came to the our business convocation this past spring to talk about the success of their small business One Sweet Slice.
This is a bakery in Salt Lake City, specializing in cupcakes and wedding cakes (voted best in the city for each). And they won the show Cupcake Wars on the Food Network (see their blog). Here are some links to videos with some recipes:
* Trent took my Principles of Macro class in Fall 2004. My vivid memory of him is that he and Nate Janes convinced me to show one of the original JibJab videos, about the positions of presidential candidates Bush and Kerry, in class.
I have a friend who’s an independent insurance agent. You know … the people the government thinks are such a rip off that they’re paying them close to nothing for signing people up (paying a professional with a degree and experience $12 gross for a process that could take a couple of hours is … umm … just stupid).
Anyway, the sort of people she signed up for private health insurance for years are the sort of people who can’t fill out a form, much less a web form. Most of this is just that these folks are dysfunctional across wide swaths of their lives.
And, a good deal of her work time is actually filling out the forms for them, coaching them to find the information she needs, and following-up when they’re too dysfunctional to produce it on their own.
Alternatively, I have bunches of students who’ve gone onto the health exchanges just for the heck of it.
I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised that the sort of control freaks that think they can reinvent healthcare haven’t actually asked the questions they need to. You’d need professional project managers to do that, and those people all get priced out of the public sector because the private sector knows how much they’re actually worth.
In middle age, when I think back on the people in my life who’ve influenced the man I’ve become, Al has a role out of proportion to the (at most) 20 days a year that I saw him back then … or the 10 or so times I’d seen him over the last 30 years.
He was not an easy person for the neighbor kid to like, even though his day job was as an elementary school principal.
And he was not an adult that ever sat down with me in any way and mentored me to behave like he did. If anything, he was a bit of a prick and a prig. All he did was merely set a good and decent example of one way that life could be lived.
As an old school, socially conservative, northeastern liberal, Al would probably object to me seeing him as an exemplar of Deirdre McCloskey’s bourgeois dignity.
But I see that Al demonstrated a puritan seriousness of purpose that was pretty much absent in the other adults I knew. He’s one of the people that planted a seed in me, that didn’t really flourish until my late 20s: that you don’t work hard at things because that’s what you’re supposed to do, but rather because that’s who you are.
Either way, here was this adult in my early life who didn’t view attention to detail as either obsessive or pedantic. Instead, he showed through example that the the details were worthy of attention for their own sake. That life itself was a craft that you could hone.
I’d like to think he even might have been pleased to see the extent to which I emphasize that the fields I teach in are crafts that students need to work at, and that they aren’t readily characterized by talent or skills.
Lastly, I see a similarity. Al was somewhat estranged from the family of his birth, and somewhat distant from the family he’d created. I wonder how much I’m the same way: frustrated with the disinterest in the craft of life in the one direction, and frustrating in the other direction because maybe, just maybe, the final product we’re making together is going to turn out just right.
Sam is an SUU alumnus who is now in the MBA program at Wharton. He came to do a convocation for business school students in the spring.
Here’s a couple vignettes (that I’m posting here for the edification of future students). Sam got a job out of SUU for a mutual fund company, and was put on the overnight trading desk.
The scale of his trades was that he traded up to $10B a night, and on a good night made $1M for the firm (that’s an annualized rate of 3.7%).*
One time he made an oversight, and executed a trade on $25,000,000 of securities that the firm no longer owned. He did the right thing, and went to his boss and confessed. The boss was supportive: they bought the securities to make the trade good, and then zeroed out the mistaken position. Sam was lucky: the firm ended up netting $700.
I’m happy for Sam (a veteran of my FIN 4250, Advanced Managerial Finance class, from spring 2006).
* No knock on Sam, but this experience is common. Many people around the world are asked to trade such sums, and they are largely interchangeable.
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