“Reduced status”

Academically speaking, Brandeis was truly a remarkable place. Almost everything I did in my classes revolved around essays and centered upon being a good writer. I suppose that is possible in a smaller school, but not at UT. In probably the most spectacularly stupid thing the Texas Legislature has ever mandated, and that is not hyperbole, I am required to take FIVE (5!) science classes in order to get a degree in Political Science. Unfortunately, mastery of geology has little to do with writing or rhetoric. Instead, it is simple, tedious memorization.

Long story short, I turned in an eight page paper today, have another eight page paper I need to get to any day now and have six finals next week. That’s right, six tests in five days. One test on Monday, two tests on Wednesday, two tests on Thursday and one test on Friday. To say this will be living hell might be an understatement, and I will truly need to devote all of my time to preparation in the hope I do decently in these classes. Accordingly, I will be signing off from Texpatriate for the next eight days.

We have a couple of Editorials on deck and ready to go that will be published here in the next few days, and I have one last op-ed in The Daily Texan coming out on Monday that I will obviously link to this site. Otherwise, this will be my farewell until my four month long summer starts at 10:50 AM on Friday May 2nd. I will be in Houston working on some exciting stuff, which I may be expanding upon as well here in the next couple days. Otherwise, I thoroughly suggest you get daily updates from Charles Kuffner at www.offthekuff.com and Perry Dorrell at brainsandeggs.blogpost.com. Additionally, Stace Medellin at doscentavos.net and Wayne Ashley at texasleftist.blogspot.com provide awesome intermittent updates. But please start checking back next week!!!

Thank you for your patience, and I am looking forward to another awesome summer in Houston!

4 thoughts on ““Reduced status”

  1. You have warmed the heart of this old academic. School is the first and most important job while you are there.

  2. As technology becomes ever more central to the functioning of society it is important that people in government have a basic understanding of science and technology…although I fully agree that most introductory science courses in both K-12 and colleges/universities don’t really work well towards that goal. Most people are not capable of picking up these necessary skills on their own, although that’s what they’re expected to do.

    Technical literacy really needs to be developed as a useful part of the K-12 curriculum, along with financial literacy and, I’m stretching here, “handymen” skills to make up for the loss of woodshop-type courses.

    • I agree, but there is no good reason to test me over rock formations in preparation for a law degree. High school instruction is one thing, a college junior’s courses is quite another.

      • Couldn’t agree more. They need to figure out how to deliver pragmatic science literacy without totally angering those (read: the entire faculty in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts) who believe anything that smells the slightest bit “practical” has no place in liberal arts education..

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