Tag: Education

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Eric Wallace of podcasting fame directed my attention to an article by Ian Bogost over at The Atlantic. I seem to remember reading Bogost’s articles before or debating design issues with him on Star Wars: Galaxies developer Raph Koster’s blog.  Skipping past all the liberal victim mongering, the focus of Bogost’s essay is how to […]

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A philosopher writing in the New York Times: Don’t blame postmodern philosophers for moral relativism.  Blame the public schools. And there’s more.  The article speaks for itself pretty darn well.  I’m resisting the urge to add anything to it.  Maybe better informed Ricochetti can add helpful things in response, perhaps along these lines: What are the immediate […]

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Setting aside the commonality of broken and chaotic family structures, especially among the welfare class, the average family structure in modern America seems to involve the following:  A household consisting of two parents and their children.  The children (hopefully) grow up and move out, establishing their own residences — often in a different city — […]

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Back to School

 

shutterstock_28662005How many people here have been to college more than once? By that, I mean that years passed between a first and second degree, perhaps even in unrelated fields. When did you go back? Why did you go back? How was it different the second time?

I didn’t make the most of my first college experience. Since I decided to focus my career on my writing skills, an English major seemed appropriate. One doesn’t need a degree to learn to write. But employers expect a degree. So there I was, grudgingly. That grudging attitude wasn’t helpful. Nor were the frivolous elective courses. And if any degree would do, I was stupid to pursue a degree in the Liberal Arts.

So now, a decade later, I’m looking into programming degree plans. Any advice? Is an Associate’s degree sufficient for many decent jobs? I’m considering an AAS (Associate of Applied Science) with advanced certificates in C++ and Visual Basic. Programming experience would be useful in many fields, both for corporate and entrepreneurial efforts. But I’m particularly interested in game design, of which I’m fairly familiar and have connections.

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If you’ve never heard of Youhanabad (“the City of John”): here.  And, yes, there is a Forman Christian College in Pakistan.  Please pray for them, and for the people of Youhanabad, and, especially, for the bombers.  The bad news that started this: here.  And the really bad news: here.  But let’s call this the good news: We […]

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What’s Wrong With the Humanities?

 

good_booksThe supply of people with PhDs in the humanities vastly exceeds the demand for them. Why?

The explanations for trouble in the humanities I see the most are:

1. People care too much about making money, not enough about the search for truth and beauty.

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I always understood the point of the tenure system in Universities.  A professor may have an unusual point of view and may need protection from the prevailing winds.  But I was surprised to learn that there is a tenure system in K-12. What controversial material is being protected via tenures in K-12?   And all […]

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