And I’m not doing anything academic. Except email.
Writing in The New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson observes:
In the years before the mortgage crisis, financial regulators often looked the other way as banks and other lenders pursued reckless activities that cost investors, taxpayers and borrowers billions of dollars. When trouble hit, these regulators had to scramble to fix the mess that their inertia had helped create.
This same dismal pattern is now playing out in the for-profit education arena.
She is writing about the Corinthian Colleges debacle which is not, unfortunately, being treated as systemic but as an isolated case that, when cleaned up, can allow for-profit education to continue as before. That is, to take oodles of government money and government-backed loans from naive and desperate students and give very little in return.
Morgenson’s article is worth reading by anyone who believes that privatization is the way to go–in anything. But it is even more…
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During seminars, while noting figures I could use in my own talks, I keep a running list of Odd Things People Say. This spring I compiled them and found a series of comments made by academics, to academics, complaining about controlling behavior by the speaker’s husband. These were all said in front of multiple academic colleagues, some at group dinners and some to rooms bursting with over 100 listeners.
“My husband has trained me very well: he’s taught me I’m wrong all the time.”
“My husband gave me permission to come out tonight.”
“My husband finally stopped complaining about my travel when I brought home a large honorarium.”
“If I stay on this conference call any longer, my husband will divorce me.”
“My husband has limited my travel to two trips per month.”
“Sometimes my husband will drop me off at work but mostly he tells me to stop being lazy…
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