Thursday, October 31, 2013
(And Smarties were always my favorite thing to get trick or treating.)
Winning treats last night were - one house where they were handing out balloon animals, playdough, and lots and lots of glow sticks.
Minecraft, Star Wars, the Avengers and X-men were well represented amongst both the girls and boys - perhaps reflecting the relative nerdiness of the neighborhood.
(I'm significantly overweight now. Draw any conclusions you wish.)
But my sons are in enthusiastic love with the cheap Kazoos and plastic spider-shaped rings that some of my neighbors handed out last night. So who knows, maybe the tide has turned on this point.
In my day, we never missed the house that had homemade popcorn balls or the one with homemade caramel apples. Yes, I'm old, and those really were good old days.
I think it is important to note that those universities are eliminating undergraduate majors in those areas, not undergraduate courses in those areas. A well-designed small university would have t-t teaching faculty in some areas and research+teaching faculty in others with equal compensation based on how well they perform their assigned duties.
I am more dismayed when the gen ed curriculum is structured for fun rather than critical thinking about the history of politics and economics in this country than one less second-rate feeder into second-rate graduate schools in fields with too many underemployed MA and PhDs.
I think it's the bright colors. That probably helps a lot.