Archive for 14th November 2007

Date Night, Reading, School Stuff

I was a naughty girl today, too caught up in read­ing A Few Demons More to do my home­work. Bad girl.

To be fair, I was also tak­ing care of my Katie baby, who had a fever and was nearly deliri­ous. She really fits the chronic fatigue syndrome/​ME diag­nos­tic cri­te­ria more than those for fibromyal­gia, but what­ever it is, she’s miss­ing way too much school.

Wednes­day is one of my reg­u­lar date nights with Sam, and I cer­tainly wasn’t going to put that off for school stuff, so I fig­ured I’d just hop online and make my required four posts after he went to bed, then join him quickly.1

Whoops! Not so fast!

My crit­i­cal think­ing class, which I fig­ured to be a “gimme” (required for every DeVry stu­dent regard­less of major, obvi­ously designed to be one of the first classes every­body takes) sur­prised me this time. Both threaded dis­cus­sions required research and thought.

The first was about con­sumer finance, which isn’t exactly con­tro­ver­sial. We had to use the school’s library site to access a peri­od­i­cals data­base, though, and choose at least two arti­cles related to some par­tic­u­lar aspect of con­sumer finance. Then we had to “share” one of them in the dis­cus­sion, explain­ing why we chose it and how it was rel­e­vant. That’s a big field to nar­row down, and the data­base had annoy­ingly NOT-​​fresh infor­ma­tion on my cho­sen angle.

The sec­ond, though, had us ana­lyze a Hitler Museum site 2 that claimed to be totally free of bias. Yep, pull the other one, it’s got bells on! We had to eval­u­ate the site based on 5 or 6 dif­fer­ent mea­sures of cred­i­bil­ity. Even thought the site was obvi­ously very pro-​​Hitler, find­ing cred­i­ble sources (mean­ing not Wikipedia) to dis­prove var­i­ous claims took some time.

I was highly dis­turbed by the num­ber of my class­mates that declared the site free of bias. Obvi­ously, there are peo­ple who are in seri­ous need of this course! I knew that many peo­ple take in media fairly unques­tion­ingly, but a pro-​​Hitler web site put up by some anony­mous twit? In 2007?

The man­age­ment class stuff was very easy, just ques­tions about diver­sity and entre­pre­neur­ship. Yay for easy!

I’m finally done and can go cud­dle up with mah sweetie. I wanna get the Holo­caust revi­sion­ism out of my head, though, to avoid bad dreams, so I might end up read­ing for a bit first.


1 I have got to go back to start­ing the week’s class stuff on Mon­days. Really.

2 No, I’m not going to link to that!