Nov 21, 1994 05:46 AM
by WILLAM ALLEN
> I would think that by being on committees looking into how you
> are going to implement the new state mandate, you would be able
> to contribute something that would try to ameliorate, to the best
> of your persuasive powers & etc., said implementation towards
> your sense of the right & the feasible.
Thanks, Liesel, for your encouraging words. I wish I could feel
encouraged by them. I was in academic administration for almost
eight years, had enough of it (difficult to maintain integrity in
academic administration), and returned to teaching--which I
really love. The problem is that I know only too well what being
on a committee like this really means. We'll keep recommending
until we get it right. Getting it right means the cheapest,
easiest way of meeting the state mandate. That will be a
multiple-choice test of some sort.
Someone over the weekend spoke of ours being an age of
enlightenment. Why do I feel just the opposite? I think we are
living through an increasingly repressive and difficult period.
I keep having images of the "new barbarians" crossing the Rhine
via the electronic super highway. More and more I treasure a few
close friends, my family, and plants. I have a hydrangea that
knows more about education than most of colleagues know.
Perhaps I shouldn't post on Monday.
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