"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you about the "appalling" article. It's sad to see when standards are lowered on education. Similar thing happened during my undergrad.
A calculus professor who had been teaching a first year class for more than 15 years (and using similar testing during all this time) was told to make the class "easier" by the administration after more than 50% of the class had failed a major exam. Despite the prof's recommendation that students do practice questions for an hour a night to keep up with the workload-- most didn't open their workbooks until the week of the exam (or later), and many didn't attend class regularly. For close to 15 years the professor was able to pass the majority of the class who learned quickly that they needed to keep up with the workload weekly or drop the class. Sadly, the professor was reprimanded and wound up "dumb-ing" down the course. I really hate to see that happen.

Saturday, April 24, 2010 2:29:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's actually a useful dictionary you can pick up at Nakumatt for 8000 francs. It's not academic or erudite, but it's way better than a missionary booklet.

Gettleman's article is problematic. There's only one named source in the whole damn thing, and he attributes some pretty inflammatory (potentially) material to generic "some Rwandans." Also, if the New York Times is paying two writers to cover the story, I'm of the old fashioned opinion they should pay to put at least one of them on a plane and get some actual, attributed sources.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 6:15:00 PM


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