In the words of StraighterLine exec Smith, "it's the birth of 'new course formats,' employing academics in new ways." Inevitable, not in the least unexpected.
that's for sure.i was a pro briefly in the 90's.resisting the new formats was probably the single thing i did there that ticked off the powers the most.
I consistently manage to tick off powers that be without even trying to, even if trying not to - not sure whether blessing or curse or what kind of fairy godmothers stood over my cradle wishing it on me
it's a mystery. the rest of my classfor the most part *also* had liberal parentsand obviously we were all inspired bythe revolutionaries of the generationabove ours. i graduated in 75... and so,while i still had to *register* for the draft,they'd stopped *taking* anyone...because the people had by god taken to the street and made the governmentfear them. it'll be happening again soon at lastbut meanwhile the rest of those silly SOBshave become the enemy and are, in effect,locking up my *real* co-equals for imaginarythreats to their children (the "drug war")and sending a new generation to death or worse in another (real) war over an imaginary threatto the country; both really--obviously!--to makebillionaires richer and the population at largeeasier to push around. why me? g-d knows.allegedly g-d has a sense of humor... maybei was chosen as the last child of the revolutionfor miles around as far as the eye can seebecause i'm so *unsuited* to the task emotionally...
last child... I have that feeling from time to time too. earlier than yours, at the time more observer than participant but done from interesting vantage points - East Village in the mid 60s, Germany in 68 - before disappearing into responsibilities (the of bad decisions), underpaid workforce, exhaustion. Took my mind off such - perhaps a form of stasis or even a coma - until I returned to finish, almost by accident, the long unfinished degree, apparently with pre-stasis mindset intact. Last standing gets drafted by default. Suitability not a consideration.
sort of like dodgeball, then.i was just about as good at that.
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