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Posts by susannah59

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  • Why Aren’t College Students Learning Anything?

    06/13/2018 6:49:22 AM PDT · 44 of 62
    susannah59 to clee1

    Quite a number of years ago now, I earned a liberal arts degree. Throughout my program, I had no idea what my professors thought about anything, except the subject matter they were teaching.

    I was taught that, when reading literature, I had to consider the times in which it was written. Context was important. We also looked at “great themes:” life, death, love, honor, and so forth.

    A few years later, a family member was taking a college English class and was struggling. She had an important paper to write and was having a hard time and asked if I could help. I told her that I would try. The paper was to be based on a Hemingway short story.

    I had never read that particular story, so I did so. I made some notes and did some thinking. I then wrote down some notes that I thought my relative might use in writing her paper (I did not write it for her).

    She answered me back: no, no, this won’t do. It’s not what my professor is looking for.

    What? She sent me a copy of her class notes taken from the professor’s lecture.

    The story I had read was fairly early Hemingway; it was written shortly after he returned from Europe, where he had been an ambulance driver in wartime. Silly me, I thought that had had some impact on the story he wrote.

    What did her professor read in the story, that I did not see? Feminism. FEMINISM? HEMINGWAY? Really? The notes consisted of a bunch of abject nonsense, conjured totally out of the professor’s head and not from the actual story.

    After more thought, I gave my relative a different set of points to use in writing the paper. I told her that what I was giving her was complete nonsense BUT it was what her professor wanted to hear. She used what I gave her and the professor loved it and gave her a high grade on the paper. (My professors probably would not have given the paper a passing grade).

    The professor wasn’t interested in a paper reflecting the students’ own thoughts and analysis of the story; she was interested in having her own ideas and biases reflected back to her.

    (I could imagine my own professors’ response to her paper. “That’s what I said in my lecture. You just repeated it back to me. I want to know what YOU thought!”)

    We subject students to that sort of teaching and expect critical thinking in return?

    I ended up going into a completely different professional field, but I’ve always regarded my liberal arts education as foundational. I never regretted getting that degree.

    I’m sure it helps that I graduated with a grand total of $1200 in student loans!

  • Polygamist who married twin sisters AND their cousin appears on This Morning

    05/28/2012 6:17:23 PM PDT · 54 of 62
    susannah59 to patriot08
    I haven't watched an episode, but in the previews and ads for the program, I've not noticed that any of them seem particularly happy. (I would say that they don't compare that favorably with the Duggars, for example, just based on that limited exposure).

    "Vulgar?" A woman having more than one husband, "vulgar?" No more so than his having more than one wife, IMO.

    Besides, I have news for him and any other polygamist out there: if their "lifestyle" ever gets recognized by the mainstream, polyandry (having more than one husband) will be right behind it. On what basis would you deny a woman the right to be married to more than one man, if you give the right to a man to be married to more than one woman? The men don't like it?

    I don't favor either one. And as far as the "Sister Wives" folks, I want to just tell them to shut up and sit down. Nobody made them choose their "lifestyle."

  • Michelle Obama sponsors Navy’s first submarine with all-female crew

    05/28/2012 5:44:14 PM PDT · 88 of 173
    susannah59 to bikerman

    I can parallel park in places my husband won’t even think about parking! I do a darned good job of it, too.

  • Maureen Dowd: Fight really about controlling women, not birth

    05/28/2012 5:37:05 PM PDT · 19 of 59
    susannah59 to ClearCase_guy
    I'm not Catholic and don't personally have any moral objection to contraception. At one time in my life, I could have worked for a Catholic institution. I knew that I would have insurance and that it would not cover contraception. I never went to work for that institution, for reasons having nothing to do with contraception.

    If I had ever gone to work for that institution, I would have paid for my own contraception. A Catholic institution doesn't pay for that. Some employers don't provide free parking. Some give you the day off for your birthday, some don't. There are tradeoffs in any job situation.

    As it was, there were certain things my employer-provided insurance didn't cover when it came to my children's health care. If I considered those things worthwhile and necessary, I paid them myself.

    I thought that was what responsible adults did.

    I do have a moral objection to the government forcing a Catholic institution to provide contraception when it is against Catholic doctrine, even if it's not against mine. I'd feel the same objection to the government forcing a Jewish institution to serve ham, bacon, and sausage in their cafeteria, or forcing a Baptist institution to serve alcohol.

    I also have a really hard time with people who have spent a lifetime screeching about keeping Government out of their bedrooms, or off their bodies, now think it's OK for the Government to intrude in the church.

  • Indian women turn to firearms against threat of violence(India)

    05/27/2012 8:14:29 AM PDT · 17 of 39
    susannah59 to PapaBear3625
    I don't sneer at a .22. I don't carry one, either.

    If it's a .22 or nothing, I'll take the .22. Given a choice, I'll take something bigger if I'm depending on it for protection.

  • President Obama, the Twoosh Master, is the First President to Make an Historic Perfect Tweet

    05/27/2012 8:09:31 AM PDT · 12 of 17
    susannah59 to vrwc54
    It did bring something else to mind.

    I gave up chewing gum when I was in high school. Back then (when dinosaurs roamed the earth, as my sons say) we were actually allowed to chew gum at school. I had one particular teacher, though, who did not allow it in her classroom. I was terrified of her and stopped chewing altogether lest I forget to spit it out and chew in her class. She had a very effective way of dealing with the gum-chewing offender (it happened to a classmate).

    She fixed the poor soul with a stare until everyone in class stopped and looked at her, too. Then she mentioned that "Jane" had brought a particular little poem to mind, then she recited the poem:

    The gum chewing girl,

    The cud chewing cow...

    There's a difference between them,

    But I can't see it right now.

    Oh, but wait... It is clear to me now,

    It's the intelligent look

    On the face of the cow!

    She cured me of chewing gum forever!

  • President Obama, the Twoosh Master, is the First President to Make an Historic Perfect Tweet

    05/27/2012 7:55:03 AM PDT · 11 of 17
    susannah59 to OafOfOffice

    “Look at me, look at Me, LOOK AT MEEEEEE!!!!”

  • President Obama, the Twoosh Master, is the First President to Make an Historic Perfect Tweet

    05/27/2012 7:53:40 AM PDT · 10 of 17
    susannah59 to vrwc54
    I had to click on one of the articles to find out what a "Twoosh Master" was.

    I don't do Twitter. I guess it's correct to say I don't Tweet. I am somewhat familiar with what it is.

    I'm not knocking people who do; whatever floats your boat (and I understand that for some people in some careers it is probably helpful in their jobs, or socially).

    But, really, doesn't the man who is supposed to be the Leader of the Free World have better things to do than try to be a "Twoosh Master"?????

    Can we say "irrelevant" here?

    I have real difficulty, for example, picturing Netanyahu sitting in his office with an iPhone trying to compose the perfect Tweet!!

  • Indian women turn to firearms against threat of violence(India)

    05/27/2012 7:44:27 AM PDT · 10 of 39
    susannah59 to moovova
    I'd hate to depend on a .22 for protection, though. I know a lot of people are killed by that caliber, but I suspect it happens most often when the individual is taken by surprise.

    Other than that, good for them!

  • Brothers killed by clerk during robbery

    05/26/2012 7:53:02 AM PDT · 42 of 47
    susannah59 to P.O.E.
    Undoubtedly these will be reported in the statistics as gun deaths of children.

    As a matter of fact, you are right. If you look at the CDC website where they give statistics on such things, "children" are up to age 22.

    These statistics can be manipulated and you can figure out that in most such deaths, the "children" are males in the age group of 15 or so and up. At least, that was true the last time I looked.

    I think they actually call people up to 22 "adolescents." Not many people I know over 19 consider themselves "adolescents."

    If you don't take a closer look at the statistics, you'd think a lot of young kids get accidentally shot by a gun in the household, being an innocent bystander, etc or else get murdered. These things happen, but most gun deaths in "children" likely involve crimes, criminals, or wannabees, IMO.

  • New Picture of Obamas Emerge

    05/26/2012 6:29:00 AM PDT · 19 of 79
    susannah59 to sgtyork
    His expression and body language speak volumes! He does not have the happy expression and relaxed posture you'd expect of a man on his honeymoon, or even on a vacation. He's almost scowling, is standing turned almost away from her, and has his other arm stuck out at the elbow with his hand on his hip.

    It sort of reminds me of a five-year-old reluctantly submitting to a hug and kiss from his Great-Aunt Gertrude at Christmas because his mama told him he had to. He's standing still for it, but he doesn't have to like it.

    Oh, and if that's the kind of places he's been taking Michelle, it sort of explains why she likes to go to such luxurious ones now, at our expense!

  • The Power of Cool

    05/23/2012 6:04:56 AM PDT · 3 of 16
    susannah59 to Servant of the Cross
    I will admit that I am middle-aged and middle-class and probably don't fit anybody's definition of "cool."

    However, I have been totally unable to fathom how Obama fits anybody's definition of "cool," either. I guess VDH has maybe answered that for me: it's all in your politics.

  • Two new additions to our family

    05/23/2012 5:54:52 AM PDT · 180 of 219
    susannah59 to Graybeard58

    Congratulations! Wonderful news!

  • Al Gore's New Girlfriend (Can Tipper can sue the Sex Poodle for adultery?)

    05/20/2012 7:15:42 AM PDT · 18 of 52
    susannah59 to Libloather

    If I were Tipper, I’d send her flowers and a Thank-You note!

  • Why Barack Obama listed his birthplace as Kenya

    05/20/2012 7:09:13 AM PDT · 51 of 314
    susannah59 to bigdaddy45
    Birth announcements are commonly placed in newspapers by family members, just as engagements, weddings, and anniversaries are.

    My sons weren't born in my home town, but I had their births announced in my home town paper. I live far from my home town, still get the paper, and read the birth announcements. Some of the babies are born there, some are not, and some don't have a place of birth listed. I'm not sure that it was much different in 1961 in Honolulu.

    A birth announcement in a newspaper seems to be a pretty thin thread to hang a theory on.

  • Regulated to Death – the stealth jobs killer

    05/20/2012 6:45:09 AM PDT · 5 of 16
    susannah59 to Kaslin
    Massive job cuts are needed: in DC. Most government agencies should be abolished, and the ones that are left should have books of regulations resembling small-town telephone books.

    Make Congress read and approve every single regulation, line by line.

    That should get Washington off our backs and let the rest of us get on with things!

  • Obama and Warren, the fabulists - rottenness at the heart of academia, the media and govt

    05/20/2012 6:24:27 AM PDT · 9 of 10
    susannah59 to Cincinatus' Wife

    The first commenter on that article has a very interesting story to tell, himself. It’s well worth reading.

  • Hepatitis C tests urged for all baby boomers

    05/19/2012 6:44:02 AM PDT · 40 of 82
    susannah59 to 2ndDivisionVet

    Anyone who ever did IV drugs or got tattoos from “informal” tattoo artists probably would do well to be tested. I had a relative who passed away a couple of years ago from liver failure due to Hepatitis C. He had been a drug user since we were teenagers. He was in his mid-50’s when he died. By the time he got around to going to the doctor it was way too late.

  • Elizabeth Warren’s recipes sound familiar

    05/19/2012 6:29:27 AM PDT · 33 of 51
    susannah59 to billorites
    Oh, come on now, people! Isn't it obvious what has happened here?

    Pierre Franey plagiarized the recipe from Warren's Granny! Probably sneaked around in Oklahoma to find it! (Oklahoma, being so close to the ocean and all, is famous for its seafood recipes, everybody knows that!)

    Shame on Franey!!

  • Chinese Bluegrass: (Guitar, Banjo too)

    05/19/2012 6:18:42 AM PDT · 16 of 56
    susannah59 to Bikkuri
    That was great, thank you!

    I like Bluegrass; some of my mother's family played, one uncle made his own banjos. All deceased now, unfortunately, and I have no musical talent myself. I like old country music, I probably heard the Grand Ol' Opry on the radio every Friday and Saturday night of my life, until I was grown. I also like classic rock, Southern rock. It sounds as if we have some similar tastes.

    The mixture of music on my iPod most people would probably find to be very odd!