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  1. Are you interested at all in any kind of analyst positions, either public or private or do you want to stick with education related jobs? If so, is there any chance for an internship this summer where you could acquire experience with big data and programming? That might open up lots more possibilities for other jobs with your physical science and math background. Also, I wouldn’t hesitate to apply for any job that interests you, whether or not you have all of the required or recommended qualifications. I think women often hesitate to do this more so than men, but it can really pay off sometimes. Also, you need to do what is best for you and your family, so I wouldn’t stop looking after the school year starts. You’re probably right that having a teacher leave mid-year is not ideal for the students, but you need to put yourself and your needs first.
  2. I’ve had sciatica on and off since I was pregnant and have never seen a doctor for it, although I rarely go to the doctor for anything. Taking an over the counter pain/anti-inflammatory med and staying active are the things that help me the most. It usually goes away within a week or so.
  3. I only read it occasionally because we have our own private neighborhood email group. The first time I saw such extreme posts I was shocked, especially because people use their real names and neighborhoods. Recently there were lots of hateful posts after our legislature unanimously passed a bill to study how to better deal with missing and murdered Native American women.
  4. Same here. One year we got postcards reminding us to vote and telling us which of our neighbors had already voted. I guess someone was trying to apply peer pressure? I just thought it was creepy.
  5. Interesting. I live in a very blue state and when talk on the local NextDoor turns political, it’s almost always from the extreme right. It’s one thing to read such white male Christian nationalist and anti everything else comments in national publications or news stories, but pretty darn frightening to know these kind of people live in your community. This is a recent phenomenon and it still amazes me that people will post such things using their real name and location.
  6. So true. State nursing programs here are ridiculously competitive. You have to have pretty close to a 4.0 in prerequisites to be accepted. For RN programs at community colleges, it’s basically a waiting game until your name moves to the top of the list. For BSN programs, it’s just an objective numeric formula now due to the very high number of qualified applicants. The only way around this is having the $ for one of the very few private schools with nursing programs or doing as several young people I know did and going to an out of state private for an accelerated post-bac BSN. The number of doctors in the US is limited by the number of residency slots, but even then, we don’t remotely have enough medical school slots to fill them. The remainder are taken by US grads of foreign medical schools (a somewhat risky proposition for many) and foreign grads of foreign medical schools. Yet thousands of qualified applicants are turned away every year, and the US ranks quite low in the number of medical school graduates relative to our population. Other medical professions, like pharmacy and physical therapy, now require a doctorate for new grads, meaning more years and more debt. And pharmacists who want to work in hospitals often complete one or two years of residency after the doctorate. While certainly things have gotten more complicated over the years, part of the push for higher degree requirements by the respective professional organizations is definitely tied to maintaining relatively high incomes. Not just to keep the number of grads low, but also to justify the pay.
  7. For a high school student, commuting by public transportation in NYC is very different than a new driver having access to a car and gas money to drive in all conditions to CC classes in rural areas.
  8. This. The wealthiest friend I had in undergrad came from a family that owns funeral homes. Now she’s in charge of the family business. My parents and in-laws chose everything well in advance, so there were no last minute emotional decisions.
  9. The state as a whole is in a bad way due to a combination of underfunding and a significant portion of the budget going to pensions for already retired employees who retired with very lucrative pensions, including many with 100% or more of their final salary (pension reforms make that impossible for new employees, but nothing can change the benefit system of those already retired). Also, despite equal per pupil funding throughout the state (due to general fund money being the source), and added money given for higher needs students (poverty, ELS, special needs), etc. there is still great inequality in resources and outcomes. Before moving here, I used to think not basing school funding on property taxes and having a more even distribution would make a significant difference, but it doesn’t. Interestingly, the one area where things seem relatively equal is buildings, and that is the one part primarily funded by property taxes.
  10. Coming from a state that funds schools from the state general fund and increases funding for schools serving populations with higher needs, it doesn’t seem to make much difference in equity or outcomes. We have one of the worst graduation rates in the country, shortest school years, largest average class sizes, and still have major inequity, even within school districts. Here, some districts are approaching 30% of their budget for pension payments.
  11. In my state, the majority of funding for schools comes from the general fund via personal income taxes, not property taxes. But we are still in a world of hurt due to the pension problem. However, the legislature here just passed a $1B per year business tax with all of the money dedicated to k12 schools and they are promising to tackle the pension problem next. I hope they follow through, even though I personally will be affected.
  12. This was not unusual in STEM classes at my son’s school. He was part of a program that professors, grad TAs, and undergrads could enter by choice to improve the teaching of intro STEM classes. They met weekly to discuss readings on pedagogy and share techniques and ideas. He said the profs definitely thought quick turnaround on exams was important, so that wrong ideas or concepts could be quickly dispelled. I don’t ever recall him complaining about not getting graded exams back in a timely manner. I also don’t think he ever personally had an adjunct professor. But his school did make excellent use of teaching professors for intro level courses, in addition to research professors.
  13. I’m with Farrar. If I saw this name, I would immediately think of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and assume it’s a group for evangelicals.
  14. Frances


    I don’t agree with your basic premise that children raised in a faith are generally heavily instructed in pro-social behavior. They are sometimes heavily instructed in the beliefs of whatever particular brand of the religion their family practices, those may be good or bad beliefs and practices. People do bad things all of the time in the name of religion, not despite religion.
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