|IVC on the moon|
...All to the tune of Where is My Mind?
|In a taxi, Berlin, 2011|
A friend posted this. Funny.
|Beam of coherent light|
The IVC Duck-Rabbits!
Fast, I reckon!
Hundred an' 86
thou per second!
The sun shines brightly
Out of our butts!
Or the Chipmunks
From Red Emma’s CALLING ALL HEROES!, Dissent the Blog, October 16, 2005
Impressive laser show
Lasers, lasers, we’re all right!
We’re a coherent beam of light!
Got no football, got no team!
We’re a bright red laser beam!
Pass that photon! Stimulate emission!
We’re on another PR mission!
Vision correction! Muscle repair!
The Irvine Valley College Fabulous Victorian Babes
Remove unsightly body hair!
We’re the district that hates the Spanish!
Our mascot makes glaucoma vanish!
Who’s the district that had the Denier?
And a Chancellor who’s still a liar?
The IVC light sabers
Dave Lang sometimes voted fairness!
Now he votes to keep his Chairness!
Fool, this ain’t no low-enrolled school!
It’s an expensive hi-tech tool!
Put on your goggles, cover your cornea!
We was number one in California!
You think right now your eyes are burning?
Wait till we use Distance Learning!
WE WILL, WE WILL
BLIND YOU! [My personal fave. —RB]
Attack the Senate and governance shared!
Keep the faculty stupid and scared!
2, 4, 6, 8!
WASC will not accreditate!
Irvine! Irvine! Irvine!
|The big empty. Formerly red?|
|An air of professionalism|
We have an opportunity to order name badges for the Faculty and staff in Business Sciences, Fine Arts and CTE. You may find these a convenient way to introduce yourself and IVC to other attendees at conferences, meetings, networking functions, exhibits and other events. There is a certain élan with a name badge, providing instant introduction with an air of professionalism.
A certain élan
The design will be something along these lines:
DepartmentIf you are interested in ordering a name badge, please let me know by this Friday, February 8th…. And note the quantity of badges you would like and your preference for clip, pin or magnet backing.
" Concerned that Advanced Placement courses are not as rigorous as college courses, Dartmouth has announced that it will no longer give college credits for good A.P. scores, starting with the class of 2018.
Elite institutions like Dartmouth have long discussed how to handle the growing number of freshmen seeking credit for top scores on A.P. or International Baccalaureate exams. Dartmouth changed its policy after an experiment measuring whether top A.P. scores indicated college-level competence.
“The psychology department got more and more suspicious about how good an indicator a 5 on the A.P. psych exam was for academic success,” said Hakan Tell, a classics professor who heads Dartmouth’s Committee on Instruction, so the department decided to give a condensed version of the Psych 1 final to incoming students instead of giving them credits.
Of more than 100 students who had scored a 5 on the A.P. exam, 90 percent failed the Dartmouth test. The other 10 percent were given Dartmouth credit.
A follow-up effort produced even worse results, Professor Tell said. “We looked at the students who failed our on-campus exam but decided to enroll in Psych 1, to see whether they did any better than students who had never taken the Advanced Placement class, and we couldn’t detect any difference whatsoever,” he said."This echoes a study from a few years back, published in Inside Higher Ed and elsewhere:
According to research presented Friday in St. Louis at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: AP courses -- whatever their merits -- may be poor substitutes for college courses in the sciences.
The study looked at 18,000 students in introductory biology, chemistry and physics courses in college. The students were at 63 randomly selected four-year colleges and universities and their performance in the courses was correlated to various factors. The researchers found that students who had taken AP courses -- even those who had done well on the AP exams -- did only marginally better than students who had not taken AP courses. Other factors, such as the rigor of mathematics taken in high school, were found to have a strong impact on whether students did well in college-level work in the sciences.
"Our survey, the largest ever of its type, suggests that AP courses do not contribute substantially to student success in college," said Philip M. Sadler, director of science education at the Harvard University-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a senior lecturer in astronomy at Harvard. "Even a score of 5 on an AP test is no guarantee of a college grade of A in the same subject," he said...
...But while AP may function well as enriched content, it doesn't equal college-level work, Sadler said, and shouldn't be promoted as such. If the College Board wants to promote the AP curriculum as a way to allow students to receive credit for some college courses, Sadler saw two options: Make the tests significantly more difficult, or create new scores of 6 or 7, above the current top score, and let only the absolutely top performers with such scores earn college credit. Either way, he said, his research suggests that the vast majority of those now achieving scores indicating that they have done college-level work shouldn't be receiving such scores.*
Gun control is it Effective or not?Where's the colon? I think these kids think that punctuation is optional. Some of my students eschew periods. Some don't capitalize the first word in a sentence. Lots of 'em are into comma splices, run-ons, and sentence fragments. (I love writing, in red: "In college, you are expected to punctuate and to write complete sentences." That always makes me smile.)
Although the [Obama] proposed ban on military-style assault weapons and magazines that hold 10 rounds or more is unreasonable and ineffective, the 23 executive actions that President Obama signed on Jan. 26th are well-researched and provide real solutions in prosecuting and preventing gun crimes.I guess somebody told this kid that you’ve got to end your essay with one of those formula theses that embraces Pro “yet” grabs a big chunk of Con, too, like: “although I’m a Nazi, I really love my Jewish friends”—that sort of thing.
[Carr’s] focus is all on nutrition, yoga, support groups, and can-do attitude. However, H.E.A.R.D., a support group for this and other vascular cancers, notes on its webpage that, due to the variable rate of tumor growth in [her] cancer, “Some cases are totally asymptomatic (no adverse symptoms) for more than 15 or 20 years”....I'm all in favor of vegetarianism. I've been some kind of vegetarian (mostly) for more than 30 years. But quackery is quackery.
✅ Trump Encourages Racist Conspiracy Theory on Kamala Harris’s Eligibility to Be Vice President NYT ✅ Orange County Sees Overall Coronavirus...
The whole concept of MSLOs [measurable student learning outcomes] as the latest fad in education is somewhat akin to the now discredited fad of the '90's, Total Quality Management, or TQM. Essentially, the ACCJC adopted MSLOs as the overarching basis for accrediting community colleges based on their faith in the theoretical treatises of a movement.... After repeated requests for research showing that such use of MSLOs is effective, none has been forthcoming from the ACCJC [accreditors]. Prior to large scale imposition of such a requirement at all institutions, research should be provided to establish that continuous monitoring of MSLOs has resulted in measurable improvements in student success at a given institution. No such research is forthcoming because there is none….
In the summer of ’13, I offered a critique of the awkward verbiage by which the district and colleges explain their values, goals, and objectives —aka SOCCCD'S G&V (goals and values) blather.—The Accountability Game…., Leon F. Marzillier (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, October, 2002)