Posted tagged ‘teaching’

When a university degree just isn’t enough

2011/05/09

So the other day, the most important (and only) writer for this very blog was interviewed by the Globe and Mail for an article on the merit of a Bachelor of Arts degree.  So before starting with the jokes, here’s the article. And by the way, whatever “hilarious” jokes you think of, from getting a job at McDonald’s to making a really good latte – they’re already in the comments section.

“When a university degree just isn’t enough” by James Bradshaw. The Globe and Mail, 9 May 2011

Top 5 Tragically Hip Songs to Teach a Canadian History Class with

2011/02/04

As every good Canadian knows, there’s three important ingredients necessary for retaining citizenship in the Great White North:

1) A love for ice hockey
2) A love for snow
3) A love for Tim Horton & his coffee
4) A love for the Tragically Hip

Okay, so that’s 4, but as you notice, math isn’t on the list. And that last ingredient, a love for Gord Downie and the gang in the Tragically Hip, may be what really separates us from our freedom loving friends south of the CAN/AM border. Cause I’ve been there before, and there’s lots of people there that like coffee, snow, and hockey, but have never heard of the song “New Orleans is Sinking” – and New Orleans is in America, for pete’s sake!

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Important Historical Sources

So I thought that in light of this, if I were ever to teach a course on Canadian history, the best and most accessible way to do it would be in Tragically Hip song form.

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debunk an academic myth

2010/12/21

Want the honor of putting the letters “d” and “r” in front of your name without having to go to medical school?

Well, if so you should probably read this article in the Economist first:

The Disposable Academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time

A Faustian Bargain is Never a Good Deal

2010/11/23

The president of SUNY Albany recently cut funding to the university’s arts and humanities programmes. Gergory Petsko has written a scathing open letter to the president for this decision. For those that might think Petsko is just an angry drama teacher who is mad he’s lost his job – he isn’t. He’s a real life scientist. I’m guessing he has beakers and a lab coat and everything.  

“A Faustian Bargain: An open letter to George M Philip, President of the State University of New York At Albany,” by Gregory A Petsko:

http://genomebiology.com/2010/11/10/138

Universities are down at the crossroads

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Down at the Crossroads

2010/10/21

Ian Stewart

Growing up in Red Deer Alberta you can be certain of 3 things:

1– Anywhere you stand in town you can see three liquor stores. 

2– Anywhere you stand in town you can see three huge trucks. 

3– Anywhere you stand in town you can see three people Ian Stewart taught how to play guitar.

An immensely important and influential musician and teacher in the Red Deer music milieu, Ian Stewart picked up his guitar and headed down to Michigan – the land of Motown, the MC5 and Iggy Pop and the Stooges. I sat down with Stewart in Internetland to discuss what it was like changing locations after being a regional fixture in Alberta for so long, and of course from there the conversation naturally goes from Eric Clapton to the heart of the economic recession.  

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