Wanted to be accepted without being acceptable …

I chuckled when a FB friend posted this:

The individual who posted this did so in a tongue-in-cheek way.

But it did get me to thinking about what I’ve actually seen. I teach college. And from time to time, a student will complain about flunking a class. But often their complaints will be “I needed this class and those credits to…” (insert “keep my scholarship”, “get my job”, etc.)

And, because I teach mathematics, their complaints are almost never “I did this correctly and didn’t receive proper credit” or “I knew the stuff and you flunked me anyway”. To them, the “grade” and “credit” is really a commodity that I have and that they want; “knowledge”, “learning”, and “performance” are almost always completely unrelated.

It would be like a prospective surgeon always botching the cadaver operation but wanting a pass, or a prospective pilot always crashing in the simulator but wanting a “pass” from pilot school.

It is the old “accept me” rather than “help me so I can work to meet the standards”.

Another note Needless to say, poor people are not the most popular people in our society and are often blamed for their fate. The article I linked to purports to ask “why”. It is a decent article, but I find it strange that the author doesn’t see the reaction to poor people as being natural.

The headline is: “Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices?” so I’ll give my answer:

1. Our own experience. Quick: what poor people to you actually KNOW? (not merely read about or have seen somewhere)

Chances are, it is the family mooch. In our case, this sibling of a family member had the same parents, the same educational opportunities, the same upbringing, the same inheritance (well into 6 figures), and managed to piss it all away.

Parents will often see some of their kids do well, while others become chronic underachievers.

So when we hear “poor people”, we think of the examples that we know, rather than someone who grew up devoid of realistic opportunities. We look at the negative outliers that we know and try to extrapolate.

2. Social pathology. Yes, poor people tend to share some very bad, self destructive habits. Of course, research tends to show that this behavior tends to stem from poverty rather than the other way around. “Being poor makes you stupid” as some might say. The direction of causation isn’t always clear.

3. Fear. Yes, though I am comfortable at the moment (and close to being “long term comfortable”), at mostly points of my life, I was really only a bad break away from personal disaster (untimely illness, injury, lay off, employer going out of business just when I become unemployable), etc. No one wants to think “I am one bad break away from being just like that poor person” so we conjure up reasons why “it can’t happen to us because we are so virtuous” or something.


July 7, 2017 Posted by | education, politics/social, social/political | , | Leave a comment

Not being efficient (baseball)

Yeah, I know; I need to work on my paper. Why I need to be under the gun is beyond me.

Last night, I got an unexpected chance to catch the Chiefs play the Beloit Snappers; the Chiefs won 4-0.

There were a few more people at this game than in Wednesday’s game (5 dollar tickets?). At first I was bummed as I was surrounded by old men (I was probably the youngest one in my section), but they were actually decent company; they talked about the game.

It was mostly a pitcher’s duel again, though there was quite a bit of action. Beloit managed 9 hits but stranded way too many runners: once they had 2’nd and 3’rd with 1 out, once they had bases loaded with 1 out (hit into a double play) and once they had 2’nd and 3’rd with 2 outs..and nothing to show for it. The Chiefs were more efficient with their 10 hits.

Workout notes Very tired this morning. Weights and some stretching afterward:

pull ups and goblet squats: used the new pull up bar…good bar but too low. 5 sets of 10: goblet: 5 x 44, 5 x 50, 10 x 50, 7 x 62, 7 x 62, 5 x 70
rotator cuff, bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 190, 8 x 170, dumbbell military (all standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40, rows (machine: 3 sets of 10 x 110)
abs (2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 3 sets of moving bridge, headstand, plank: 2:30 (not that bad), some yoga, legs up the wall.

July 7, 2017 Posted by | baseball, weight training | | Leave a comment