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  1. I think marriage has always been considered a contract. Dowries or bride prices (depending on each societies view of who wins/who loses economically when a woman marries) are recorded in the earliest literate societies. That's a whole lot of history of considering marriage an economic contract between two families. Our ideal of a marriage based on romantic love is a new concept in the sweep of human history. It only became our societal norm in the past two centuries. Religion (or at least Roman Catholic tradition in Hispanic countries) also emphasizes the economic element of marriage. There's a whole part of the wedding ceremony where the groom gives the bride 13 coins and promises to share his worldly goods with her. She takes them and promises to be a good administrator of the family's resources. Here's a link to an explanation of this since I know most people may not have seen this ceremony before: The basis for the argument for gay marriage is that it is the only institution in our society that allows previously unrelated adults to be considered family members and share resources. These are just three examples that I came up with in short order. I'm sure there's vastly more support for viewing marriage as a primarily contractual and economic relationship even in eras that were more steeped in religious belief than contemporary society.
  2. Not a movie, but dd read Hillbilly Elegy for her CC psych class last semester. This semester the professor said she was going to use Sing, Unburied, Sing and the semester before T took the class they did The Invention of Wings.
  3. You're in state for USC so there's no geographic diversity. You might be pleasantly surprised by East Coast schools.
  4. OP, if he gets all done eventually and hasn't missed any deadlines in his outsourced classes, I think you might have to let it go. My dd does this too and it drives middle aged mom me crazy, but I sometimes remember that I was once a teenager doing her Calc homework at rocket speed in the school cafeteria 15 minutes before class to be able to turn it in. So, when dd watches just one more lecture in the History of the American South instead of finishing her Silas Marner essay, I endeavor to remember that I was once that same kid doing that same stupid thing. I will say for dd that she hasn't missed any deadlines due to her procrastination so she must have some inner clock that says, "You must do your Latin or physics right now or you'll blow the deadline." Better her inner clock nag her than mom.
  5. Check out the Merchant Marine Academy too. They don't require military service, just that you work in shipping and that doesn't necessarily mean tankers doing long hauls, it can be port related or even the business side. I'm most familiar with TAMU Galveston's programs (it's a maritime academy like Maine). They have a maritime administration program and several major options that combine with Third Mate Rating (Marine Science, Marine Biology, MA Maritime Administration which is 5 years unless you come in with some credits).
  6. If you can get an AirBnB, Pointe West at the far end of Galveston Island is nice. The water is brown like The Reader explained but the beach is flat and huge and great for walking. In the city of Galveston, the Sea Wall is a great place to rent a multiperson bike at sunset when its cooler. It's a miles long wide side walk on a wall above the beach. The view of the water is lovely.
  7. The college itself and its regional accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  8. Here it means they have to follow the curricular standards that their local CC has for that course number. More broadly, they have to meet the curricular standards that Texas public universities and colleges have set for that course. In order to guarantee transferability, our community colleges and universities have minimum standards they must meet in order to give a course a TCCN (Texas Common Course Number). If they don't meet the standard, they don't get to call the course ENGL 1301 or MATH 2413. The system works well in Texas. Here, private schools (SMU, Baylor, Trinity U to name some selective ones) accept CC credits as do our flagships (UT Austin and TAMU). The only exception is Rice (a highly selective school) which says that it considers credit on an individual basis. Of course, every state is different. Some have strong CC systems and some really don't. It depends on where you live.
  9. In Texas, "college" means that your local CC will give you credit for the class and issue a transcript even if the class is taken at the local high school's campus. If you're not getting credit and a transcript, it's not really "college".
  10. We've traveled during T's school year. I got her a cheap Chromebook and she uses it to connect to classes from anywhere. All you need is a decent internet connection (Starbucks or McD's in the US are fine). You can also watch the video of the class at a later time if you have a conflict. It's not ideal but it means you don't completely miss the class if you have a conflict.
  11. I'm not sure this will be much help but it is what we've done. Trinqueta is going to Rome for 3 weeks this summer and wanted to learn some Italian. She's taken 3 years of high school Latin and is fairly proficient in Spanish so we're not starting from scratch. I bought Italiano para hispanohablantes (this is totally worthless to you) and the Pimsleur Italian Gold Edition on ebay for $100. The Pimsleur is very good. It's on CDs so we do it in the car and it's a great way to get some oral practice with time constraints. I wouldn't pay full price but the $100 was money well spent. T is also doing about 15 or 20 minutes a day on Duolingo and is motivated to get her Golden Owl. The Pimsleur rounds out the Duolingo nicely with intensive oral practice imho. But, it's not a regular curriculum and might not line up with a standard school progression. If she wants to continue next year and eventually attempt the AP Italian exam we'll probably enroll with Cyberitalian or use an Italki professional tutor. Both of her top college choices have Italian exchange programs so she's more motivated than I expected to continue with Italian.
  12. Could you link to this please? I've googled around and can't find a break down by law school anywhere.
  13. I think you need to make sure that whatever was biopsied was not an HPV related cancer. If it was, you'll need to be extra vigilant. In your position, I'd get a thorough STD screening and start getting the finances in order in case you need to seek a legal remedy on short notice. (((Hugs)))
  14. It can be harder than some Ivies depending on who you are: (Thanks to RootAnn who found this blog post and posted it to the College Board.)
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