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Date Night, Reading, School Stuff

Posted by Cyn | Posted in College, Family, Kvetching, Reading | Posted on 14-11-2007


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!

Comments (4)

Fun­ny you should men­tion Hitler…

Amber and I have caught a cou­ple of spe­cials on the Nation­al Geo­graph­ic Chan­nel about him in the past week, and his ter­ri­ble flat­u­lence has come up in con­ver­sa­tion sev­er­al times dur­ing that span.

It’s love­ly that you have a reg­u­lar date night 🙂

Pret­ty new look for the blog, too. 

Oooh, you read Against Romance. I’d love to hear what you think of it, if you feel moved to write about it.

Sam men­tioned some­thing about that recent­ly, Rusty – maybe he saw the same spe­cial? Or (more like­ly, since we don’t have cable) talked to or read some­thing by some­one who saw it? He men­tioned that Hitler was tak­ing strych­nine! Ugh!

Thanks, Hope! I’m still try­ing to decide whether or not I like this tem­plate. Get­ting the book and pho­to pages to work prop­er­ly is a nui­sance (they suck at the moment).

We actu­al­ly have two date nights each week 🙂 It’s our way of hav­ing some “just us” time, which too few par­ents do, IMNSHO. Sam and Katie did have one night set apart to do stuff togeth­er, but that sor­ta fell by the way­side as she got so caught up in school stuff. When we orig­i­nal­ly set up the sched­ule, we were still home­school­ing, so Katie and I had plen­ty of time together.

I have Against Romance and Days We Would Rather Know by Michael Blu­men­thal, and reread them this past week on a poet­ry binge. I don’t think I’ve ever encoun­tered any­one else who’d heard of him (or who seemed to rec­og­nize his name when look­ing through books on the shelves, any­way). I wasn’t going to write about it, since it’s “old,” but I’ll try to do so since you men­tioned it.

Have you seen this t-shirt con­test? I think you’d have a great entry: http://​teesfor​change​.zaadz​.com/​b​l​o​g​/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​w​o​u​l​d​_​y​o​u​_​l​i​k​e​_​a​_​f​r​e​e​_​tee