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Posted on January 6 at 4:23 p.m.
A more interesting line of logic might be to question whatever happened to that old comforting idea of taking pride in earned citizenship. Once upon a time to be a Citizen of a Republic meant something. Think what a Roman Citizen was in the old Roman Empire. So let us follow this line of thought a bit farther and ask ourselves how does one truly earn the right to call oneself a citizen of a great republic? It's a matter of much importance. Why do so many of us these days denigrate and foul the republic and its citizens and feel obliged to elevate the alien newcomer who has yet to prove their right to become a citizen? They've busted in the door and demand recognition as an equal. Is this the way it should be in a Republic? I don't think so.Call me: Citizen Don Jose.
On Protest Planned over <em>News-Press</em> Headline
Posted on December 8 at 4:59 p.m.
Good comment Pagurus...I am also a great admirer of her efforts. Thank you for all you've done Ellen.
On The S.B. Questionnaire: Ellen Easton
Posted on December 4 at 7:05 p.m.
Thank you Pardall...I'm off to Robertson and Thompson in 1926....February? You must have something really precise in mind....care to give more clues?
On Biting the Hand That Bleeds You
Posted on December 4 at 2:12 p.m.
Amen to Pardall...and Nick: Underline your idiomatic expressions and ask yourself, "Who Am I?"
What I want to know is who laid out the street grid with one loop?
Posted on November 11 at 5:06 p.m.
I hear that budgets are tight at UC. However the women's studies department at UCSB is hiring...here's the job description:NOW HIRING: Assistant Professor of LGBTQ StudiesQueer Theory/ Queer Studies with an Emphasis on Queer of Color Critique, or Transnational Queer Studies with a Focus on Race;
Over and out. Everybody, this department gets what it's looking for. The administration is putting its eggs in this basket for our best and brightest students. Nothing more to say.
On Anti-Abortion Group Sues UCSB, Professor, Students
Posted on May 18 at 5:57 a.m.
The story goes on. The New York Times has an article on 'Trigger Events' for people with PTSD and campus life. And of course, I read the Nexus article on the new UCSB campus policy. Any comment?http://dailynexus.com/2014-03-07/a-s-...
On Speech Is Free, Sometimes
Posted on May 15 at 7:42 p.m.
To get back to Das's comment on the 1960 Education Plan for California...Back then, there was the University of California with many fewer campus locations. The concept was that the University was for just the top 10% of graduating California students. It was both a teaching and a research place. A University meant something elitist, top-notch, best in class.
Then, there were State Colleges, the next level down but also for Californians...they had large teaching credential missions to train teachers...but not research. Later, because 'elitism' became a political no no...they became, in name only, 'Universities'. But we don't need to be fooled about this matter.
And the third layer in this plan, were City Colleges for two year studies dedicated to those who couldn't make the grade for the University or State College but could, possibly, transfer in their Junior year if they did well. The City College mission was not just to develop transfer students for the two other systems but to give a educational training for certain kinds of jobs after high school. Everybody is not going to be a scholar or teacher.
This system was relatively inexpensive at the time. Tuition was incredibly low. It worked. It was hierarchical...but now...everybody's supposed to be a University...and equality is the name of the game...but there is no equality because people are truly different, with different talents, different intelligences, just plain different. That's where diversity is: in our natures. And we just don't have the money to make this over-grown educational monster work. And it couldn't work even if we did.
Das: Everybody can't be Mandela...it just doesn't work that way.
The California system as we see it now, is a perfect example of over-reaching coming out of a mindless belief in equality. You just can't have it all.
Governor Brown's 5% for the University system, and 10% for the younger student institutions is quite reasonable. Let's see how it works out. Some leader has to get real and cut this mess down to size. Education shouldn't cost this much. And as someone pointed out above...we're big spenders, but getting terrible results. Don't feel bad. Cut the budget. It's the only sane thing to do.
On Reinvest in Higher Education
Posted on May 15 at 6:54 p.m.
'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned' so it seems...
On What Hath Dog Wrought?
Posted on May 15 at 4:46 p.m.
Adam was the real thing, made by God out of a pile of dust and botanic debris...Eve on the other hand, was nothing more than the rib of Adam, a mere knock off as we say now...and ever since then, Adam has been taking a ribbing...and you're not helping things mangy poodle....
Posted on May 15 at 7:50 a.m.
Forgive him Lord, for he knows not of what he writes...