Thursday, February 16, 2017

More horn tootage: Rebel Girl's book makes a kinda big splash

Orange County in a box. 
Rebel Girl thinks she has been having a better week than the new President.  Check it out.

First, in the wake of  publication of her sabbatical project, now a handsome trade paperback co-edited with her husband, titled Orange County: A Literary Field Guide, book events have been SRO and sales have been strong.

Second, UCI News profiled Rebel and Red, with a photo shoot and an interview and everything. Check it out here.

Then, the OC Weekly published a version of Gustavo Arellano's terrific foreword with the modest title, "Why Orange County: A Literary Field Guide Is the Greatest Collection About Our Wacky OC."

Then today Rebel Girl and Red started hearing from folks about how the UCI Chancellor bragged about them in his Monthly Message from Chancellor Howard Gillman, delivered to faculty, staff, students, parents of students, alumni, etc.  It's nice to finally make one's alma mater proud. Here's what Gillman has to say:
Influential alumni
A big selling point for UCI, aside from outstanding academics and an adorably quirky mascot, is our proximity to pristine beaches, rolling foothills and stunning canyons. Taking in the region’s beautiful landscape is sure to inspire creative minds. This month, two inspired alumni of UCI’s renowned M.F.A. Programs in Writing, Lisa Alvarez ’92 and Andrew Tonkovich ’93, published an anthology that offers a literary tour of Orange County from past to present. Orange County: A Literary Field Guide showcases the works of 21 UCI alumni, faculty and former faculty, including award-winning writers Michael Chabon and Yusef Komunyakaa. Andrew Tonkovich, who also is an English lecturer at UCI, said he hopes the tome will help build a sense of solidarity and appreciation for the region.

Rebel Girl is teaching from the text in her WR 1 classes and today a student told her what she had been hoping to hear: "It's neat to read about where we live."

Yes. A good week!

Plus there are fields of California poppies on the hills in canyons.  Take a look at Modjeska Canyon in its glory.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

OCC student suspended, made to write apology, essay

OCC student suspended after filming teacher saying Trump's election was 'an act of terrorism'
(OC Reg)
     An Orange Coast College student who secretly videotaped his instructor making anti-Trump statements was suspended from school and told to write a letter of apology as well as a three-page essay about the incident.
     The college suspended Caleb O’Neil for the current semester and the summer term, saying he violated a Coast Community College District policy prohibiting recording someone on district property without that person’s consent.
     “It is my hope that this experience will lead you to truly think through your actions and the consequences of those actions when making decisions in the future,” Victoria Lugo, interim dean of students, wrote in a Feb. 9 letter to O’Neil, whose video clips of instructor Olga Perez Stable Cox in December went viral.
     William Becker, an attorney representing O’Neil, said the sanctions are excessive and the student’s legal rights have been violated. O’Neil, 19, plans to appeal and can continue to attend classes during that process, Becker said.
     “This is an attack by leftists in academia to protect the expressive rights of their radical instructors at the expense of the expressive rights of conservative students on campus,” said Becker, president of Freedom X, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving religious and conservative freedom of expression.
     O’Neil, who campaigned for Trump, couldn’t be reached for comment on Tuesday….
. . .
     Three other students, all leaders with the school’s College Republicans, which posted the video clips, received letters saying there was insufficient evidence to proceed against them, said Joshua Recalde-Martinez, one of the three….
. . .
     To be allowed back in school, the letter says, O’Neil’s essay is to be three pages and double-spaced and must discuss why he videotaped the professor. Also, the essay is to cover his “thoughts and analysis” on why he decided to share the videos, what he thought would happen to Cox and “the impact of the video going ‘viral’ and the ensuing damage to Orange Coast College students, faculty and staff.”
     O’Neil videotaped Cox as she called the election of Donald Trump “an act of terrorism” and declared that those “leading the assault are among us.”
     O’Neil took the video to leaders from the school’s College Republicans, who, joined by attorney Shawn Steel, complained to the campus administration. A week later, saying they were frustrated that the administration had not acted on their concerns of a teacher using her classroom as a bully pulpit, the campus Republicans posted video clips online, where they quickly became national news.
     The attention led Cox, 66, an instructor at the school for 42 years, to temporarily leave her home following an onslaught of angry, sometimes threatening mail.
     In an interview with the Register last month, Cox said her comments to students – made in all of her three human sexuality classes – were meant to comfort those who were upset about the election of Trump and offer resources should students feel discriminated against….
SEE ALSO Trump-hater California college prof. Olga Cox has a sex slave (Fellowship of the Minds [a Christian conservative site, aka fake news])

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"Can students record a teacher, as a study tool or to ward off politics?"

New signs went up in classrooms at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa:
 (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register/SCNG)
The Orange County Register asks:
Can students record a teacher, as a study tool or to ward off politics?
And gets many different answers.

In our cell phone world, where particularly the young feel compelled to document every move on social media, is it so bad if a student just wants to record an instructor’s lesson as a study tool?
Or to show others when a teacher, in the student’s view, is getting too political?
Of the 20-plus colleges, universities and large school districts contacted across Southern California, all said students may not record in the classroom without the teacher’s permission.
That stance is backed by state law, with one exception: Instructors must permit students with a disability to record if that helps them learn. Any violator could be disciplined by the school.

8-14: do you regret all the lying?

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Goals and Values and Twaddle

blather: long-winded talk with no real substance*
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….
The Accountability Game…., Leon F. Marzillier (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, October, 2002)
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.
I wrote a post each for the district, Saddleback College, and Irvine Valley College efforts. (See the links below.)
This verbiage—stated in terms of “values,” “missions,” “goals,” “visions,” and whatnot—is often badly written. It is sometimes embarrassingly trite.
It occasionally communicates something worthwhile.
No doubt you are familiar with the usual objections to jargon. Higher education, too, has its jargon—an irony, given typical college-level instruction in writing, which urges jargon eschewery.
Sure enough, SOCCCD G&V blather is riddled with jargon and with terms misused and abused. For instance, in the case of the district’s dubious blather, the so-called “vision” is actually a purpose. Why didn't they just call it that?
As one slogs through this prattle, one finds that "visions" tend to be awfully similar to “missions,” with which they are distinguished. The latter in turn are awfully similar to “goals,” which must be distinguished from “objectives.” But aren't goals and objectives pretty much the same thing?
These perverse word games will surely perplex or annoy anyone armed with a command of the English language. In fact, readers will be perplexed to the degree that they are thus armed. Illiterates, of course, will be untroubled.
Here's a simple point: the district and colleges’ G&V blather tends to eschew good, plain English in favor of technical terms and trendy words and phrases (i.e., it tends to be bullshitty and vague). Thus, one encounters such trendy terminological turds as “dynamic,” “diversity,” “student success,” and “student-centered.” Even meretricious neologisms such as ISLOs and “persistence rates” pop up, unexplained, undefended.
Does anyone see a transparency problem with all of this? Shouldn't the public, or at least the well educated public, be able to comprehend statements of the colleges' goals and values?
In the case of the district, to its credit, all it really seems to want to say is that it wants to teach well and it wants students to succeed. Admirable!
So why all the ugly, common-sense defying, buzzword-encrusted claptrap?

Districtular poppycock: our “vision” and our “mission” and our tolerance of twaddle - July 31, 2013

THEY BUZZ: Saddleback College's "Mission, Vision, and Values" - August 4, 2013

IVC’s vision, mission, and goals: nonsense on stilts - August 5, 2013

THE IRVINE VALLEY CHRONICLES: no ideas, just clichés & buzzwords - Sep 30, 2013

*From my Apple laptop's dictionary