love how kids introduce themselves like “hello im johnny im five years old i know how to read” yeah cool i didnt ask for your life story asshole
And more. I think of people complaining about prisoners who get free cable TV and exercise rooms and Internet and a law library. Three hots and a cot is the expression. None of those things applies to this place.
If I was allowed to bring my checkbook in—which I’m not—and used the sitting time to balance my checkbook, this is what would factor in:
$20 a week for the money order so he can buy extra food, vitamins, pay for a health checkup, get stamps, a pencil and an envelope, buy a warm sweatshirt. Prison prices are exorbitant. He confessed last week he spent a dollar on a small candy bar. He sounded apologetic.
$50 a month for books, ordered through Amazon only, five books of less than 1,000 pages, paperback only, so it can’t be used as a weapon. Nothing lewd or inappropriate. The prison has no library. Having a book to lend out is a good thing, I gather.
$25 increments to a telephone service so he can make collect call to us. Each nine-minute call costs about $5. If we’re not home and the answering machine picks up, there’s still a charge. When we leave home, we have had to disable the machine and voice mail.
I hear some states are starting to charge families for visit. $15 per person for the privilege of seeing your loved one for an hour behind a Plexiglas partition. That hasn’t happened here, yet. Give ‘em a chance.
Jargon is absolutely a form of gatekeeping. There’s no reason to make it so difficult to understand, other than to make it “acceptable” in academic circles. What I’m trying to do is bridge that gap for people in whatever ways I can.
Seriously, thank you for reading, and right back at you!
It’s weird: As a student and academician, you’re trained and moulded to speak a certain way, write a certain way, use certain words and phrases which, while they DO have a very precise set of meanings, are created for the express purpose of being used in whatever part of The Academy you’re in to talk about things no one but your peer group is qualified to talk about.
Because You’ve All Crafted It That Way.
But then, when you’re teaching, when you’re instructing in your field, so much of your time is spent breaking down the jargon. Explaining things like what “ontology” means, or why we say “praxis” instead of “lived physical practice of belief” or why “connexion” and “connection” are different. Or even just what the phrase “begging the question” means.
I look at teaching as a mechanism and an opportunity for inverting the indoctrination process. Make the shibboleths and the understanding of their purposes available to Everyone, then there’s no need for them, any longer.
My thesis advisor specifically discouraged me from including an appendix that gave a reader-friendly explanation of key concepts. Even though it was a cross-disciplinary project where the people most likely to be interested in the implications of my findings wouldn’t have had the background necessary to follow the methods discussion.
I left it in anyway. One of my reviewers gave feedback to the effect of “good thing you included this so I could understand what you were talking about!” Didn’t quite underline it and send it back to my advisor, but it was a close thing…
Wowwwww. Yeah,that’s pretty bad. And thank you for fighting the good fight. As if a paper that goes totally misunderstood is better than a paper that people can actually understand!!!
Also, just to clarify, I think a lot of people have dichotomous thinking so ingrained that they’re having a hard time understanding this post and its purpose.
Just because academic jargon is a form of gatekeeping, does not mean it does not have other purposes as well. It helps to touch on very complex ideas without having to reexplain them, and honestly, I think a brief appendix at the end for that kind of thing, like the person above did, is a perfect solution. Because after all, if you already understand the concepts, you can just skip it.
But notice the discouragement of doing just such a thing from a person of influence. The hoarding of “elite” knowledge is absolutely sinister and a form of oppression, as History should have taught us.
That’s why bringing academic feet back to the ground is very, very crucial in a lot of areas.
In order to become the supreme adult, you must perform the seven wonders:
- Public speaking
- Not being afraid of teenagers
- Calling the doctor yourself
- Arguing without crying
- Having a normal sleep pattern
- Having an answer to the question ‘what do you want to do with your life?’
I could live in the poetics of how this man smashes things.
apparently there’s an important episode of football on this weekend
Yes, the football fandom is going nuts. Lots of cosplaying going on. Tickets to the con are outrageous, though.
when kids stare at you for a long time
what is it called?
this is what miley cyrus’s face looks like to me, but I can never describe it because I don’t know what this thing is called.