This email makes me unaccountably nervous. I should’ve factored in more of a cushion if I’m going back to school. Penny-pinching time!
Today is the last day of my vacation. Ever since I graduated from college two years ago, I have been working five to six days a week. It isn’t out of some sort of sadistic thrill, I suppose I could work less. But I like to stay busy. But for the month of June, I had a gap between jobs, and I found myself with four glorious Saturdays to spend in the city I love.
This isn’t something new. My family isn’t the type for vacations. As kids, I remember us bundled up in mini-vans and hustled to DC. Sometimes NYC. But we were mostly Philadelphians touristing in Philadelphia. I was the one always begging my siblings to take day-trips with me throughout Philadelphia. Alas, they weren’t as adventurous as I was. (Although there was one memorable trip where my little brother and sister and I ended up sneaking into City Hall on a Saturday, met John Street and got invited to a city luncheon. Another story.) Continue reading
I could kick myself for missing this. (I did, no worries.) Apparently WordPress is flagging some of the comments people leave as spam. Which sucks. Because there’s a number of great comments on posts you won’t get to read. My apologies for that. Wanted to especially highlight a comment on the Temple Secretaries post by a Temple prof. Especially now that Philebrity noticed the whole Temple fiasco. She writes:
“This is a great blog post. And Gregory, I’m worried for you. I teach at Temple, and I am contingent, as are a majority of the faculty there. Hired every fifteen weeks w/o job security, no benefits, no office in many cases — with maximum class number going up over the years from 18 to 28 but NO increase in salary. Most of your faculty will be part-time, teaching not only at Temple but at other universities in the area. Rushing from classes on campus to teach elsewhere. You won’t be able to find them. Most of them won’t have offices. Not only will be there be no secretaries and support staff to help you, but you will have so few full-time professors available to you that you will feel isolated, confused and alone most of the time. At least that’s why my students have told me, with increasing rage, over the last several years.
What can students do? Demand courses taught by full-time faculty — refuse to take anything else unless they charge you 1/3 of the tuition — since that’s what contingents are paid — 1/3 of what a full-time faculty member would get for teaching the same course, having the same degrees, and often having more years of experience. Join the strikes and actions that will invariably be taking place this fall. Take a look at my website: http://www.junctrebellion.com for more information about this, and join us there — we need a growing number of voices to put an end to all this. Academia is being destroyed by administrators who never teach — what do they know about what it takes to teach? what do they care that secretaries who have devoted 30 years of their lives to the institution may now be facing poverty and homelessness?
Short answer: they don’t. Administrators now outnumber faculty on every campus across the country. And these are administrators hired to bust unions for the very reason that we see here — their ability to stall contract negotiations and to fire for economic reasons anyone they deem needs firing.
Where does that leave all of you who are students? Screwed. Seriously screwed.
‘Junct Rebellion has a Facebook page too — join us there.”
“Nothing good comes easy in Philadelphia, but Philadelphians seem to accept that.”
That’s one of my favorite lines from Philadelphia 2009: The State of the City, the Pew Charitable Trusts report that was released recently.
It’s a must-read.
To be honest, I am obsessed with reports like this that tell me how exactly my city is faring.
It helps that this one was written by Tom Ferrick Jr., whose columns I’ve long-enjoyed reading. The writing in this report is fluid. Very easy to read and understand, as all good research reports should be. Continue reading
I really am. I love his site. I love him. I love his site. Did I mention I love him?
Okay, so when he and his peeps from IWillTeachYouToBeRich contacted me about his new book, I had to read it. Even though I hate self-help books. Who am I kidding, I’m constantly reading self-help books. They generally suck. This one doesn’t.
Consensus: The first chapter is great! Seriously, Ramit, you missed your calling. Forget finance, this guy should be a novelist. But then…who would help me balance my checkbook? Continue reading
And things we already knew….
- So it turns out women are petty. Especially women in book clubs. As I’ve joined a book club at the Free Library on Vine Street, I hope this isn’t true in my case!
- Joe the Plumber is an idiot!