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you need to have a very symmetrical face to look really good with a middle part (or so say all those womens magazines).  also, the Greek system is very strong in the southern UG culture, and that encourages almost freakish conformity.  I think there are rules about it . . .

General Off-Topic Board / Re: One of them will be President?
« on: May 15, 2008, 01:00:35 PM »
ok, so I am not an expert on education or education policy (and I imagine most of you aren't, either), but I do have several friends who have been teaching for a few years or are in grad school in and education program and will be teaching next year.  I think there are a lot of different issues affecting education in our country and, unfortunately for politicians, each issue is complex in itself, and the various issues interact in complex and nuanced ways, which means no straightforward or simple fix.  So, here are the issues as I see them:

1) Students are coming in to the school systems less prepared, and now learn in different ways than in most of our previous history.  For a great (though depressing) discussion on this subject, check out the book Endangered Minds: Why Children Don't Think and What We Can Do About It By Jane M. Healy.  Much of this has to do with home environment.  FWIW, this problem has been observed in all socioeconomic and racial groups.

2) Inequitable distribution of educational resources across socioeconomic lines (which often mimic racial lines).  For an excellent (and even more depressing) explanation, read Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools by Jonathan Kozol.

3) Lack of institutional support for teachers.  This is a problem in a lot of the graduate programs in education and a problem in the schools once graduates start teaching.  This doesn't just include salaries, although they are pretty low, especially when you consider that most teachers are probably coming out of school with student loans these days.

4) NCLB.  Most educators really dislike this.  From what I've heard, the consensus seems to be that it unnecessarily restricts what teachers can teach, and the emphasis on testing is detrimental to actual thinking skills and learning, b/c it forces students to focus on memorization.  Also, funding is an issue in many ways. 

I don't know about merit pay, b/c I can see how it could be both beneficial and harmful.  I do think teachers should receive funding to help them improve their teaching, for things like continuing education and workshops.  Perhaps bonus may could be tied to how much a teacher actively strives to improve his/her teaching?  Anyway, I wish more people in positions of power were having more nuanced conversations on this topic, b/c I think we (as a country) our setting ourselves up to fail.

21 Republicans up for grabs this election year (in the Senate), and that party is not doing so well.  I think the Dems will pick up some, but not a whole lot.

ok, I'm all for building up foreign economies and improving the quality of life for people in nations with a lot of poverty, but this is ridiculous!  there are plenty of qualified people in the US that could do a similar job.  my mom is struggling with a solo-practice after taking several years off to care for her father and sister, and she would love a job doing research and writing (from home, which eliminates the need for office-space or overhead).  I'm just waiting for the day when people in India realize that they could really hike up the prices.  it's already happening in the CG and computer-coding sectors.

hey, I am at the younger end of the non-trad group (27), but I think it's awesome that so many wiser and more experienced people are going to law school!  don't let the young 'uns scare you off!  we all need to be reminded that it's never to late to pursue your dreams.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Certificate Programs
« on: May 14, 2008, 01:58:18 PM »
Matthies, Those are some very good points.  Thanks!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Certificate Programs
« on: May 13, 2008, 09:35:36 AM »
that's a good question.  the school I'm planning on attending also has one, and I think the course requirements include most of the environmental courses (my main area of interest).  should I try for the certificate as a way to round out my resume and have more options after graduations? 

Incoming 1Ls / FB Group for LSDers?
« on: May 13, 2008, 09:32:02 AM »
I know there was one mentioned somewhere, but could somebody either post the link or PM it?  you would not believe what comes up when you search "LSD" in Facebook groups.

Incoming 1Ls / IU - Indianapolis C/o 2011?
« on: May 12, 2008, 03:44:00 PM »
Anyone else out there who has committed to IU - Indy for next Fall?

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