I can’t believe school is starting already. I’m teaching two sections of the same class, but one is in person and the other online, AND my department head just forced a senior who failed my class last year into one of my sections even though zie prefers being in the easier class that satisfies the same requirement because the head thinks that zie is going to get a B or higher in my class to replace the failing grade this time around while taking an overload when the reason zie did so poorly in both my classes was inability to manage time (the other class is almost a guaranteed A, but that failing grade would still be counted in GPA). This is irritating because I would have planned things differently these last few weeks if I’d known someone who had taken the class last year was going to be in it. But zie has promised to throw away all hir homework and exam solutions so zie won’t be tempted to share, so hopefully it will work out. The other really irritating thing is that zie could have converted the low grade to an unsatisfactory last year AFTER grades were out and then it wouldn’t count in hir GPA (and then get an A in the other class, making it more likely that zie would graduate on time), but zie didn’t.
This article on why we’re not wearing better masks was so good, that along with the Atlantic’s coup coverage, I decided it was time to give them money and subscribe. I also clicked on the newsweek article they link to and bought some very expensive N95 and KN95 masks from one of the online places that newsweek recommended. I think I’m going to double-mask while teaching with a disposable 95 and a cloth mask over.
The following trypod episode is long, but Eugene says some really brilliant things in it about bigotry. Zach too. I like all the trypod episodes I’ve listened to so far, but this one is a lot deeper and more thought-provoking than the standard fare: