Unemployed alumna sues college for tuition costs

Trina Thompson, an unemployed information-technology graduate of Monroe College in New York, is suing the college for the cost of her tuition because she feels the college has not done enough to place her in a job. Normally when I check the blogosphere for reactions to a piece of education-related news, bloggers take a range of more-or-less nuanced stances. This story, however, has unified the blogosphere with a collective "WTF?!?" ...more

Thank you for this great post - and to all who have commented.  Having 2 degrees myself from ...more

Countdown to France

Count-down to France In two weeks I depart for France to attend a scientific conference - The International Ethological Conference. The line-up of presentations looks very impressive and I'm quite excited about the meeting and the chance to travel to a new place. ...more

Women of the Dance

There are certain songs that I must dance when they are played. The music forces me out of my chair and commands me to move my body in defiance of a culture that tells me I’m too old to shake that thing. Mainly I dance with myself and every once in a while with Billy Idol. For Merce Cunningham I imagined that every day of his life he was commanded to move his body in dance. ...more

Thanks for writing and posting this, Gena.  I, too, am a non-professional dancer who ...more

What will the museum of the future look like?

Late last year, the American Association of Museums released a discussion paper titled Museums & Society 2034: Trends and Potential Futures. The report looked back 25 years to 1984 as it predicted what museums will look like 25 years from now. Specifically, the 20-page report examined "demographic trends, changes in the geopolitical and economic landscape, shifts in technology and communications, and the rise of new cultural expectations." ...more

Conflict Resolution Skills For Adults Acting Badly

It has been a summer of adults getting themselves into trouble verbally or socially. And no, I’m not necessarily talking about Crowley, Gates or Obama. Here is the deal. I became angry with myself. In one social situation where you would think I’d blow a gasket I was calm and rational. In another situation two days later I acted in anger at the mention of two words. ...more

The internal scripts and roles we take on are complex. Who we are, who we think we are and who ...more

Obama's education plan asks schools to compete for money

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama issued a challenge to educators, school districts, and states: improve education in your region, and you could see some significant funding increases. Among his administration's plans: providing money to cover the unfunded mandates of No Child Left Behind. ensuring that NCLB's mandates don't result in a only a regime of high-stakes tests; schools should provide a holistic education, including "visual arts, drama, and music." ...more

After teaching for several years, I honestly believe one of the problems is the federal ...more

The Art of Presentation – Speaker and Presentation Bloggers

There will be common elements between all of the presenters in that there will be a structure of some form. It is a skill that can be taught by people who have information and the gift of teaching. It is also something that can be learned if you find the right resources. Let me introduce you to a few of the bloggers who help others to give great speeches and presentations. The first two I met during PresentationCamp Los Angeles. I want to start with them because they demonstrated the very skills other claim to teach. ...more

This is great and so well timed!

My students are about to start a client brief ...more

What's right and wrong with science

What's right and wrong with science? Sorry, I missed Wordless Wednesday this week, especially announcing my "comeback". You see, I was in Chicago for the holiday, working on one super-fantastic post - a reflective piece about outdoor education, outreach, and my work experiences with the summer camp - complete with cool pictures, when my hard drive crashed...Yes. It just crashed. ...more

Faculty self-interest trumps collegiality at the University of California

In a letter that has made jaws drop throughout the University of California system and in colleges and universities around the country, a group of 23 University of California, San Diego department chairs have called on the UC to--among other things--sacrifice campuses, specifically UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Riverside, that value teaching as well as research. ...more

In Connecticut, we are having a similar budget debate. Legislators are talking about ...more