Battling the Cell Phone Menace in Class for a Decade Now

Facebook's wayback machine ("On this Day" app) reminded me this morning that I have been battling students using their cell phones in class for a long time now. I know some professors don't care if students use their phones in class. Fine by me; their class, their rules. And some are just unaware. Many Wake … Continue reading Battling the Cell Phone Menace in Class for a Decade Now

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Putting Grading and Grades in Perspective

The quickening of life due to technology is a blessing I depend on daily. But it is also a curse at times, especially at the end of the semester when it comes to grades. I submitted my fall grades today at 11:45am (they were due at noon!). By 4pm the first grade complaint had arrived … Continue reading Putting Grading and Grades in Perspective

Contemporary Application of Bourdieu’s Distinction in Musical Taste

In his famous book Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, Pierre Bourdieu reports findings from a French survey of cultural tastes fielded in 1967-68. Of particular note is a figure showing the distribution of preferences for three musical works by class fractions. Bourdieu reports that Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" represents "legitimate taste" and … Continue reading Contemporary Application of Bourdieu’s Distinction in Musical Taste

Drinking in Exam Week Hurts College Students’ Performance

Stop the presses! This shocking news from "Inside Higher Education": Drinking in Exam Week Hurts College Students' Performance College students who drink before and during their final exams show a "statistically and economically meaningful reduction in academic performance" -- "of approximately the same magnitude as being assigned to a professor whose quality is one standard … Continue reading Drinking in Exam Week Hurts College Students’ Performance