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RE: [xmca] Human Sciences Scholar life?

Here's one way to make an impact:

* The Feral Professor:  Tihomir Petrov, 43, a mathematics professor
at California State University Northridge, was charged in January
with misdemeanors for allegedly urinating twice on the office door
of a colleague with whom he had been feuding.  (Petrov was
identified by a hidden camera installed after the original puddles
turned up.)  Petrov is the author of several scholarly papers, with
titles such as "Rationality of Moduli of Elliptic Fibrations With
Fixed Monodromy." [Los Angeles Daily News-AP, 1-27-2011]

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From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [mailto:xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu] On Behalf Of Wagner Schmit
Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2011 5:32 PM
To: lchcmike@gmail.com
Cc: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: Re: [xmca] Human Sciences Scholar life?

Another video, this time "Simpsons" view of Grad Students



On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 6:29 PM, Wagner Schmit <mcfion@gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm a freshman in academic life... pursuing a PhD and already working as
> temporary teacher at University and College. The only thing that makes me
> still pursue an academic life is that i try to make my students think  about
> the impact of their work in other peoples lifes, and that, i hope, my
> research will bring something that may help people in their school  life...
> But it is hard, no time to read, no time to write (the coordinator of our
> research group always says "you need to publish"), all "free" time i have is
> dedicated to prepare classes and supervision of  trainees. No weekend,
> no holiday, no vacation and a very low payment (my students in the private
> college i work have a better income than me).
> But what worries me  most: who really reads what we publish? I see ideas in
> the educational field pointed as "innovation", but they were already
> presented by people like Dewey and Vygotsky decades ago... One of my
> students, after a meeting with pedagogues of a high school, pointed out that
> "all we listen and see is just common sense, where are the application of
> all those researches you pointed? where are the educational theories?"
> I point out that one of the works of Psychologists in School (since i give
> classes to future psychologists) is to rethink school along side with the
> school community (teachers, administration, parents, students)... This helps
> articulate science and real life, but only in a punctual way (in the daily
> life in school)...
> What about academic life? what can we do to change it? Or, should it be
> changed? Where are the academic debates, innovation and contribution to
> society?
> Those things make me sleepless sometimes
> Wagner Luiz Schmit
> Londrina State University - Brazil
> On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 5:45 PM, mike cole <lchcmike@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I think all of us recognize this scene, Wagner.
>> At LCHC we are discussing these issues. "We" includes grad students,
>> post-docs,
>> old people like me. We are lucky that the interpersonal alienation at LCHC
>> is lower than that depicted (although it is in abundant profusion among
>> those around us). But difficulties for grad students contemplating making a
>> living in academia are pretty grim, especially outside of the presumably
>> "non-ideological" areas of science and technology (where a different set of
>> alienating circumstances are plentiful).
>> We have no great revelations but we are grateful that we have adopted an
>> intellectual stance that makes the study of human life in cultural practices
>> our grounding. we are trying to work that into an implementable strategy for
>> surviving graduate school and gaining acceptable employment.
>> What are others doing? What more might we be doing collectively?
>> mike
>> On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 11:06 AM, Wagner Schmit <mcfion@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I wanted commentaries on this:
>>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obTNwPJvOI8&feature=player_embedded#at=201
>>> Wagner
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