The relationship between football and public universities has always intrigued me. On the one hand, I understand, and value, the visibility a big-time collegiate program can bring to a school. On the other, I’m gobsmacked by how much money schools spend on their teams, especially given the dwindling dollars available for public education. The Denver Post recently ran an article about recently-fired University of Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre and his $10.3 million golden parachute. According to the piece, universities spent about $75 million last fall for coaches not to do their work. “It’s just the cost of doing business,” one expert said. Seems like a steep price, but what do I know? Continue reading
It’s all fun and games until someone gets an e-sports scholarship. Wait… what? E-sports scholarship? That’s a thing? Indeed it is dear reader. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, or maybe the forthcoming revenge of the nerds, but many universities are now offering academic scholarship for students to play video games. Make no mistake: it’s BIG business. In fact, universities and foundations dolled out over $16 million in scholarships last year. If any of my former students are reading this, I apologize for making you put your cell phones away while you were playing Fortnite in my class. Continue reading
On a brisk fall morning, as Boulder Valley students rushed to get to class, a figurative and literal cloud loomed over the school. That’s because election day is right around the corner––and with it––a controversial measure to fund school in Colorado.
It’s called Amendment 73. Continue reading
A group of elementary school teachers in Idaho thought it would be fun to dress up as something timely for this year’s Halloween: President Trump’s proposed border wall. That’s right––in a district that is over 10 percent Hispanic, one group dressed up as the wall, and another as Mexicans, complete with the fake mustaches, sombreros and maracas. The costumes come at a time when America is seeing increasing racist attitudes towards racial minorities, thanks in large part, to the president and his rhetoric. The district did apologize and place the teachers on administrative leave pending an investigation. Continue reading
PBS’s Frontline always does a nice job explaining complicated news items. This week’s hour-long documentary about Kentucky’s pension system is no different. Now before your mind glazes over at the word “pensions,” it’s worth noting that over the last decade or so, the state of Kentucky has been taking money out of the system to cover other expenses, and then making risky financial investments to try and recoup the money. The result has been disastrous and could leave thousands of teachers, police officers and other public servants without a pension when they get ready to retire. Continue reading
A high school student in California brought cookies to class containing a special ingredient––the ashes of her dead grandparent. Although no one was hurt, and there appears to be no health hazard associated with consuming human ashes, some students understandably reported being “horrified” by the incident. “If you ever ate sand as a kid, you know, you can kind of feel it crunching in between your teeth,” one student said. “So, there was a little tiny bit of that.” Continue reading