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Higher Education: The Next Bubble To Burst?

Share By P.D. Lesko The new E-Zine content went up and there are a couple of pieces that deal directly with the question of whether higher education will be the next “bubble” to burst. In “A College Education of Diminishing Returns,” the writer, Eric Fry, examines the myth of the value of an undergraduate degree. [...]

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My Job Stinks, Literally

Share By Kat Kiefer-Newman One of my colleges is a quiet, little collection of buildings neatly tucked in among several large, pastorally lovely, and incredibly smelly dairies. A few days after the occasional rain we get here in the desert valley of Southern California the hills turn a vivid green, with skies so blue you wonder [...]

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Keeping “U” Sane While Grading? Yes, It’s “Defiantly” Possible. Just Sayin’.

Share By Kat Kiefer-Newman It’s finals week. My college-attending daughters are running around like coffee-addicted wind-up toys. My husband is beyond stressed. I am quivering in the corner, muttering over stacks of ungraded assignments. Deadlines loom large. In addition to the regular stuff, I am also working on Student Learning Outcomes at both of my [...]

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Via My Students: Uncommon Cures for the Common Cold

Share By Kat Kiefer-Newman I’ve been sick. Very, very sick. We all get sick, I know. This Fall semester, though, the weather seems especially chaotic, and my students have been particularly sniffley (that’s when they even come to class). The result of all the sniffles is that, yeah, I catch a lot of what they [...]

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Jealousy (Maybe Just A Little)

Share By P.D. Lesko I’m starting to get jealous of’s Juggling 101 blogger Kat Kiefer-Newman. Her blog posts are shared and shared and shared on Facebook with a regularity that I just can’t seem to match on my own blog. Not that I’m competing. Really. It’s just that her Thanksgiving post “I’m NOT Tarting [...]

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My Students’ Heinous Spelling Is Killing Me

Share By Kat Kiefer-Newman Note: The following word “lisense” is in no way the fault of my indispensible and acurate-spelling editor. I have another sore throat, and the damp-rainy season here in Southern California has only just started. I’m actually quite healthy, overall, but because I’m in the classroom (closed, cramped, crowded) my immune system just [...]

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I’m NOT Tarting Up Thanksgiving in the Classroom (or Anywhere Else) This Year, Thank You Very Much

Share By Kat Kiefer-Newman It never fails: Students always complain about having to go to class the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Hey! I don’t like having to report to work on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, either. Year-after-year, my husband and I scramble to get everything done before the noon meal, mainly because we both teach and [...]

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Test Anxiety. Big Time.

Share By Kat Kiefer-Newman I hate tests. Maybe that’s an odd confession from an instructor, but it’s true. It doesn’t matter if it’s an academic test, either. I react poorly to having blood tests, having to take DMV tests, personality tests (although I am rather fond of the Meyers-Briggs Topology, but that’s another subject for [...]

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On Again. Off Again. Up Again. Down Again.

Share By P.D. Lesko Our Facebook page is picking up speed. Users are beginning to comment, and make their “likes” known. All of our Nation Blogs are linked to Twitter. In the first two weeks, 160 people found us on Facebook, and enjoyed the content enough to “like” the page. As I wrote in a [...]

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When Your Past and Present Collide in the Classroom

Share By Kat Kiefer-Newman For some reason, a lot of my high school graduating class has moved from my city into the rolling farmlands right next door. This rural town is home to one of the colleges I teach at. Because of this exodus, nearly every semester I meet the son or daughter of someone [...]

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