Saturday, July 21, 2012

Calvin and Hobbes and the modern university.

This morning`s Globe has (yet) another piece on how online courses will clear out all those lazy tenured bums and bring edjumakashun to the masses.  It reminded me that recently Calvin became president of a new university on the customer model...

Still a few bugs to work out in the marketing department.

I turns out that the marketplace can be pretty demanding but Calvin resorts to creative accounting practices to boost the bottom line.

In the end, however, Free Enterprise is once again crushed by blatant government over-regulation.


  1. Calvin is a fucking genius. He'd make a great president.

  2. LOL, Margaret Wente. Her articles are always fantastic for teaching freshman comp classes about poor logic and flawed arguments. Wente is SO bad, even Sammy Snowflake can spot her errors.

    1. Oh, WhatLadder, how I heart you in this moment.

      Also, fuck Margaret Wente. With a side of fries.

    2. Personally, I would not touch her with a barge pole, but whatever floats your boat.

  3. The comment about students teaching themselves caught my attention.

    One year, I asked students to identify important concepts that might appear on the upcoming exam and to submit them to me for distribution in a review session. An impressive number of concepts came from used copies of the texts -- identifying concepts discussed at length in another instructor's version of the course. Not mine.


  4. My university pres recently sent out an excited e-mail about MOC (massive online courses). FML.


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