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Goat Rant 3: what is an academic “success story”?

There are different kind of success stories. But the ones that I think about are those of the following variety: underprepared student shows up with low SAT/ACT scores. They struggle. They get “worked with” and somehow cobble together a degree. Now is that a success?

Well, it depends on how you think of it. Imagine someone struggling in medical school and just not being good at it..graduating with a medical degree. Do you want that doctor? Or what about the flight school person who barely scrapes by? Do you want to fly with that pilot?

To me, part of success is finding something that you are reasonably good at. Believe me, you wouldn’t want to live in any shelter that I made..you wouldn’t want me to operate on you..or to play for your competitive sports team.

So, to see if that “success story” really is a success story, I’d want to know something about what happened afterward….(example: did that marginal engineering student go on to become a P. E. or to do well in an engineering firm?)

Workout notes: Monday: usual weight routine (rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe raises), 5 sets of 10 pull ups, bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 190, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, military: 2 sets of 10 dumbbell (50, 45), 10 x 90 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine. rope skips: 99, 50, goblet squats: 2 sets of 10 x 50 to the sill, 10 x 70 to 20 inches. Then 2 mile walk outside.

Tuesday: 2+ to the W. Peoria track, 1 home, 2.1 in 24:56 (20:12 for the first 4 laps..had trouble speeding up).

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September 13, 2017 - Posted by | education, walking, weight training

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