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cbertsch
cbertsch
Nods Head Ruefully
I love the idea of New College. I was delighted to have the opportunity to teach a class there. But, given my experience of dealing with the school's business end and what others have reported to me, I'm not surprised that the school has been put on probation, the first step on a path that could lead to the loss of its accreditation. The reason I'm writing this entry, however, is that the description of the school's problems could and should have been applied to so many "progressive" operations that were either started or strengthened by the social unrest of the 1960s:
One of the key findings is that Hamilton and those close to him make "unilateral assertions of authority."

Harry Britt, a former San Francisco supervisor who has been on the faculty since 1992, said the school is run by "a small group of people who are very highly motivated by the white male experience of the 1960s."

"There is rhetoric about love and community and trust, but in reality, it is an unhealthy situation because of the abusive and unwelcoming power situated at the top," Britt said.
Discussing the way small, independent concerns tend to exploit both their paid and unpaid staff, my friend Doug Henwood once said that there's nothing worse than working for the petite bourgeoisie. Although I'm sure there are exceptions to this general rule, it applies a lot more often than not. And the same goes for places like New College which, whatever their pretense, qualify as petit bourgeois institutions.

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From: e4q Date: July 31st, 2007 03:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

hahahahahahahahahahaha!

...the school is run by "a small group of people who are very highly motivated by the white male experience of the 1960s."

best shut down pretty much everything then.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: July 31st, 2007 08:26 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I had actually looked at their programs when thinking about doing a post grad program. Interesting.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 31st, 2007 11:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Some great people have taught there. But, even in better times, the place was what you could call "disorganized for the benefit of those at the top."
schencka From: schencka Date: July 31st, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Is Stephen Gaskin involved in that thing? My uncle knew one of Gaskin's disciples. The Farm.
xmoonbunnyx From: xmoonbunnyx Date: July 31st, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Help me!

OK, this is VERY random and unrelated to your post, but I know you're an English prof and I need help that no other prof has been able to offer. How in God's name can you tell the difference between stressed and unstressed syllables in words in a poem? And how can you tell how long a "foot" or whatever is in words? I am so beyond fed up with all the TAs and profs I've had who have all failed to explain this. I'm supposed to do a scansion assignment, which is proving absolutely impossible because none of it makes any sense to me. Please, please, please explain this...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 31st, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Help me!

It's hard to do without the benefit of speech. I could meet you at my office or for coffee if you want. But I'll try here. Basically, you have to be able to hear stress before any of this makes sense. That's hard for native speakers of most languages, easier for those who speak German, say. I bet you can tell. The easiest way to do that is to pronounce some words of two, three or four syllables and listen for the natural stress you think sounds right. Sometimes you can then compare it to the standard BBC English pronunciation of the same word, if there's a difference. The secret, though, is to figure out what the natural stress of multi-syllabic words in a poem is, mark that, then figure out the rest using that natural stress as a foundation. Again, though, this is much easier to explain in person. I'll be down there Thursday midday and Friday late morning, BTW.
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