Associate Vice Provosts Are Parasites

A talented blogger writes about a new fad in education methodology:

The “flipped class” is too traditional.  It had its moment, but the buzzword has been around for a few years now.  Years!  And think about what the term evokes.  We flip burgers.  We flip pancakes.  Red meat and carbs.  Things that are bad for you.  Is that what we want for our students?

Anyone who is serious about better teaching has abandoned the outdated “flipped” class and is embracing the scrambled class.  What are the virtues?  First, it’s new.  That’s important.  Second, we will pretend that it is radically different.  Third, everybody will have to buy new books and software to do this, and pay fees for the workshop presenters and consultants who will help institutions to implement this model, so that’s important.  The scrambled class is in the most rapid revenue-generating stage of the obsolescence cycle.

So true. All of these flipped, scrambled and hard-boiled classrooms are nothing but an excuse for lazy, useless administrators to justify their stupid existences and for textbook publishers to sell more air.

Just look at these idiots who are coming up with all the flipped and scrambled teaching methods. The most recent one is introduced at IHE as follows:

Pamela E. Barnett is associate vice provost and director of the Teaching & Learning Center at Temple University.

Associate vice provost, got it? A provost is a  pro-vice-chancellor. So an “associate vice provost” is a vice-vice-vice chancellor.”

I wonder how many adjuncts have to be exploited to give this stupid parasite her enormous salary.

Any school that hires crowds of administrators and gives them these ridiculous titled to make them feel important should be ashamed of themselves. This is a disgrace, and what is more disgraceful is that IHE is publishing the rantings of these losers as if they could ever contribute anything of value to the learning process.

And the saddest part of all this is that I’m sure that crowds of facile idiots will be in a rush to demonstrate their servility to Ms. Vice-vice vice and start reporting on how they are trying this ridiculous method she invented and how it changed their lives.

Jewish Penicillin

And now I’m going to make some Jewish penicillin for my ailing husband*. I’m sure everybody knows what that is, and it shouldn’t be a riddle, right?

* He has a dislocated disc in his spine, which is not normally treated with penicillin, but hey, it isn’t like anybody has ever been hurt by the Jewish version of this medicine.

Eating for Starving Kids

When I was a kid, it was “Eat your vegetables. Think of all the starving kids in India.” (I never really understood the connection. My response was, “Then send the vegetables I don’t eat to those starving children.” But I digress. . .)

Really?? Wow, some experiences do translate across cultures and oceans. I was also exhorted to eat (not vegetables because there were only potatoes and cucumbers, but to eat, period) in the name of the starving kids. My “starving kids” were never in India, though. They were in Africa and the US.

Did you have this experience? Where were your “starving kids” from?

Students Hate St. Valentine’s: A Riddle

“So are you planning to celebrate St. Valentine’s?” I asked my students in class.

“No! Bleh! We hate it! It’s almost as bad as Thanksgiving!” they responded in unison.

After that, all they wanted to do is discuss how much they hate this holiday, and it took me a while to get them to settle down and talk about types of rhyme in Spanish poetry.

Question: Why do my students hate St. Valentine’s so much?

Hint: No, it isn’t because they don’t have a date. Would I ask a question that has such a boring answer?