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it’s funny to read these pieces at the same time that i’m finishing ⁦⁩’s book on a time when congressman ca…
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Opinion | The American Dream Isn’t for Black Millennials
Jan. 5, 2019 | The New York Times | By Reniqua Allen. Ms. Allen is the author of “It Was All a Dream.”

....I marched up to my new, small, one-bedroom apartment on the Hill, satisfied. It felt as if I’d broken barriers.

But when I got a notice in the mail about five years after I closed, I felt dizzy. It was not long after the financial crisis. The letter said that my mortgage company had been charged with giving subprime loans to black and Hispanic people around the country and asked if I wanted to join a class-action suit. I had most likely been the target of predatory lending. I had known from the start that my income could make me a target. I’d heard the words of the broker. But because of my race? It hadn’t crossed my mind. I was devastated......How much room is there in anyone’s life for a mistake or the perception of a mistake if you’re young and black in America? How much of the American dream hangs in the balance? For the dozens of people I talked to, the reality is that if we want our dreams to come true, all too often we have to be almost perfect, making the right decisions all the time. Not getting that ticket. Not listening to that mortgage broker. Not speaking up.....I know the history of this country, know the history of redlining, know how my grandparents were locked out of neighborhoods because of their skin color. But for some reason I was still surprised. I would say I was mad, but more than that, I was hurt that I had been lulled into some kind of false bourgeois comfort that had made me think that my life was different from my predecessors’ lives. Sure, I had made it up that Hill, but at what cost?
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One of the best feelings is when you figure out a simpler and cleaner way of writing some code, no lie. Your gut fe…
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I have 30 new followers from USA, and more last week. See
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I believe Konmari only works for hoarders. All of the examples in the book are for people with too much stuff. Wher…
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RT : Design reporting to Marketing, development reporting to IT, for example. So much mediocrity results from…
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Troy Aikman highlighting Doug Baldwin pushing off here while ignoring the arm holding *kisses fingers*
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I remember so many times staring at a Tzadik Records CD in a store with some artists I liked on it, squinting at th…
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Meet the New Mega-University - The Chronicle of Higher Education
To get there, he has laid out an aggressive agenda: More short courses that appeal to employers. Low-cost, competency-based degree programs to serve tens of thousands of refugees overseas, plus thousands more underemployed young people in the United States. Artificial intelligence and chatbots handling routine student interactions. A degree program at a price of $100 a month? That’s under exploration, too.

"You can’t be a small online player," he says. LeBlanc built Southern New Hampshire for scale, Klonoski says, and then went ahead and scaled it. "I’m an admirer," he says. And now "he’s killing me."

The competitive advantage has paid off in at least one metric. The money for SNHU’s bricks-and-mortar expansions comes from the online operation, which at times has run with hefty profit margins: 40 to 50 percent. (It hit 50 percent in 2010. By comparison, Western Governors, which relies on a competency-based educational program, had a margin of about 4 percent in 2016, which officials there consider typical.)

To create its eight-week courses (10 weeks at the graduate level), the university follows a seven-month development process. It would be recognizable to anyone familiar with the mass-production model of course-development that began at for-profit colleges; it’s now increasingly common at larger nonprofit ones, too. Subject-matter experts, learning-science specialists, and learning-resource specialists set course objectives and then map out weekly assignments that culminate in a final course project.

An in-house assessment team determines how course evaluations work. Much of the instructional material comes from publishers and courseware companies like Pearson, MindEdge, and Soomo Learning.

The adjunct faculty members who teach the courses aren’t authorized to alter the content or the tests, but they can have some input by posting articles or questions on discussion boards or on the announcements page of the learning-management system. "Our job is to make that standardized content come to life," says Amy Farnum, an environmental-sciences professional who attended Southern New Hampshire’s bricks-and-mortar campus in the 1990s and has worked as an adjunct since 2010.

About half of the 6,000 adjuncts in the teaching pool are people like Farnum, instructors who have full-time day jobs and teach at SNHU on the side. An additional 25 percent are part-timers by choice; the rest are professors who teach at SNHU and other colleges as their main source of employment. Pay for adjuncts begins at $2,500 a course. For more-established instructors, the university has begun providing longer-term contracts. Professors on the main campus who teach online get $4,000 per course under their union contract.

SNHU considers its data-guided "intrusive advising" approach the most vital piece of its academic program.
The university keeps a close eye on its instructors to ensure that they hew to its teaching standards. Supervisors known as "team leads" peek in at least once a week, confirming that instructors regularly engage with students in the discussion forums, grade assignments within seven days of submission, and provide individualized feedback to every student. (One metric: "How well did the instructor guide student interactions to promote a positive and forward-moving learning environment?")

At least once a year, those team leads also draft a full-fledged review, grading instructors as "exemplary," "proficient," or "needs improvement." Instructors who fall short are sometimes referred to the university’s Center for Online Learning and Teaching for extra training.

For some, the oversight and rigidity chafes. On job-review sites like Glassdoor, current and former instructors complain anonymously about "demeaning" team leads who micromanage, and a grading practice that they say leads to grade inflation. The instructors don’t determine the actual grades, but they do score students’ assignments according to rubrics common to each course.

LeBlanc dismisses the criticisms. "For every one of those," he says, "I could give you 10 faculty who would describe just the opposite."

But even professors on the SNHU campus who teach online and enjoy it understand that it’s not for everyone. "There are faculty at our school that don’t want to have anything to do with that model," says Greg Randolph, a professor of economics who helped develop an online microeconomics course and has taught online for 10 years. "They’re definitely checking in," he says of faculty overseers, but "the colleagues I talk to most about it don’t have any issues with their team leads."

Most of those students will be going through degree programs. But, in line with LeBlanc’s predictions about higher-education’s loss of its educational monopoly, Southern New Hampshire isn’t betting its future on bachelor’s and master’s degrees alone. Durand says the university expects to offer what he calls "shorter targeted solutions" and educational options that result not necessarily in full degrees but in "microcredentials." Education that comes as stackable blocks is a win-win product, he says: It provides an immediate payoff both to employers who are willing to pay for courses and to employees who want to step toward a broader education that might help them in the future.
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The Hell You Talking About, I Freaking Love The $1.50 Polish Sausage and Coke Deal at Costco
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OMGGGG ZION WILLIAMSON JUST DID THIS IS IN A GAME!!!
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Kate Zambreno, "Accumulations (Appendix F)," The White Review
"I don’t know why I’m still nursing, it’s something my body is doing and we do it together and it hasn’t stopped yet, it’s fluid, when it begins, when it ends, each session is fluid, and I feel time has been fluid, with the baby, there’s no clear demarcations of boundaries, of time, our bodies, the self. What is a body, does one ever really get it back, that’s what I wonder."

"I had always thought of Louise Bourgeois as mourning her childhood and her mother in her later work, but how she too was a mother, how so much of the mother grows and needles into her work, the drawings and prints especially."
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10 days ago by briansholis
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This is how to be a feminist. Step up and don't leave other ladies out there to take the heat alone.
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Hey kids,
I’m in my 60s.
You’ve never lived in an America where the rich paid their fair share.
I hav…
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I will be the host for the opener tomorrow at AGDQ 19 and I couldn’t be more excited ^^ Let’s get this started righ…
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Wisdom from : “Here’s what I like about winter: people wear mittens, and they look like bears when they…
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It’s disappointing that iOS’s Accessibility settings are a submenu of General. They should be top-level, in one of…
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having covered bluechecks for the past two years closely I just tried to imagine Trump spying on congress, giving g…
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I’ve missed my dog so much. Walking her around the neighborhood today was like a late Christmas gift. ❤️
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10 days ago by joha04
Fic: Guard by CheshireSense (cywscross)
Later, Kisuke will remember and tease, "Were you really obsessing over me, Ichigo? Oh my, I have my own personal stalker!", and get an elbow to the face for his troubles.

At the moment though, all he can think is I've impressed someone, and I'm safe, and - looking at his new lord - Who are you?
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10 days ago by anyssia
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It just sounds good, which is the most important part of swearing in english or french. Fucking toa…
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how do I turn this into wall art?
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ツシマヤマネコのノリちゃん、元気回復で良かったね。ちょっと太り気味だとの噂も。
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We moved our computers for a little game night and it’s cute lol
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This is the open accountability I want from celebrities. I want the good the bad and the ugly. I h…
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10 days ago by danrubin
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Oh why not, it's the One Of These I was engineered for:
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MSN vs. AOL: The Battle That Never Was | News | TechNewsWorld
Back in 1995, I was working for Dataquest where I made an aggressive prediction about how many users would adopt Windows 95. Using that prediction, Steve Case started screaming bloody murder that Microsoft would put him out of business in short order by instantly signing up tens of millions of customers and easily eclipsing AOL.

MSN was a property designed for the pre-Internet world defined by online services like CompuServe, AOL and the IBM disaster called Prodigy.

The Internet broke that model and, over time, more and more new computer users decided they didn't need a service and were more than happy to go out onto the Web on their own.

MSN, on the other hand, has gone though a reverse transformation. After its launch with Windows 95, Microsoft management gave the property to an inexperienced and independent team while the company refocused on Internet Explorer and Netscape. As a result, MSN was a cash-gobbling disaster that seemed schizophrenic with regard to direction and value.

While Microsoft was claiming that Windows NT could scale, the folks running MSN clearly didn't believe this scaling promise because they ran something called Normandy instead.
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Elephants DO NOT like the cold. They don't. Nevertheless this German circus drags this poor from city to…
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Trouble using Makefile - Raspberry Pi Forums
Q: [...] I am getting the error: [...]
[...]/usr/include/pcap/bpf.h:1274:73: error: unknown type name ‘u_int’
In file included from /usr/local/include/pcap.h:45:0,
from main.h:15,
from main.c:9: [...]
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10 days ago by ezequiel
The Power of Ritual in Prehistory by Brian Hayden
"The Power of Ritual in Prehistory is the first book in nearly a century to deal with traditional secret societies from a comparative perspective and the first from an archaeological viewpoint. Providing a clear definition, as well as the material signatures, of ethnographic secret societies, Brian Hayden demonstrates how they worked, what motivated their organizers, and what tactics they used to obtain what they wanted. He shows that far from working for the welfare of their communities, traditional secret societies emerged as predatory organizations operated for the benefit of their own members. Moreover, and contrary to the prevailing ideas that prehistoric rituals were used to integrate communities, Hayden demonstrates how traditional secret societies created divisiveness and inequalities. They were one of the key tools for increasing political control leading to chiefdoms, states, and world religions. Hayden's conclusions will be eye-opening, not only for archaeologists, but also for anthropologists, political scientists, and scholars of religion."
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Ensign Barbie on the away team encounters something unexpected
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