Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hello World

Second Suitor, folks. --PGS

Teaching introduction to philosophy one day seems like it’s going to be fun. I mean you get to convince a lot of kids that philosophy goes beyond the deep thoughts you have when you’re sitting around stoned, and you get to blow their mind with the power of argument. If you’re lucky, some may even learn how to argue for a position.

I just wanted to highlight a resource that may be helpful - Teaching Philosophy 101. Some of the suggestions seem kind of basic, but as someone still fairly new to the world of teaching it’s nice to have someone break it down.

Also, it appears that all my bookmarked websites about philosophical movies are gone. C’est la vie.

--Second Suitor

17 comments:

mr. zero said...

SS posts a lot. Why doesn't he get his own posting Privileges?

Anonymous said...

First poster!

Sisyphus said...

Seems like Second Suitor needs his own login and posting privileges of his own now ... seems the little philosopher's getting all grown up!

On the other hand, I could see that beating a grad student severely about the head and shoulders every time they even attempted to get on the internet could be the single most helpful action ever done for them. Tough call.

Pseudonymous Grad Student said...

Mr Z & Sisyphus --

We need to do the ceremony first, and I'm having a hard time getting my hands on a goat.

Second Suitor said...

and before you take that out of context PGS isn't talking about P.G.O.A.T...

Lord said...

Nice Effort,
keep it up
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Anonymous said...

i dont suppose a p-goat counts, does it?

philosopher for hire said...

Meh. I much prefer teaching upper level stuff rather than intro to phil. Philosophy noobs are teh suxxors, yo.

Anonymous said...

Phil movie site:

http://www.philfilms.utm.edu/index.html

Anonymous said...

From today's WSJ, in the article "Wall Street Layoffs Rampant": "A group of investment-banking heads described their strategy, which generally consisted of saving the 'coverage platforms' and jettisoning some of the banks' technical experts. That's Streetspeak for keeping the bankers with the best personal relationships, while booting the wonkier types who actually execute their transactions." Another strategy is " 'elevating' senior bankers at lower pay levels and higher titles."

The market's getting to such for everyone now. So be happy if you're employed.

Anonymous said...

You should be happy you have a job teaching

Anonymous said...

Can we get a virtual show of hands? How many here actually *like* to teach and would do it full-time (with no time allocated for research)? How many would prefer a research-only position? And how many want a balance between the two?

I would lean towards research-only. There are better, more committed teachers than I am. And my dumbass students are driving me insane.

Pseudonymous Grad Student said...

Anon 2:54 --

Unless you're Daniel Dennett or someone comparable, there's no such thing as a research-only philosophy job. It doesn't exist.

2-2 jobs (usually, as a rule of thumb) require as much teaching as research. Then there's service and committee-work thrown on top of that.

That's a terrifying realization for those of us who really do like a balance between the two. It means the jobs we'd be happiest in are the ones we're least likely to get. Ugh.

P said...

PGS:

Unless you're Daniel Dennett or someone comparable, there's no such thing as a research-only philosophy job. It doesn't exist.

That's not quite true. But almost.

fellow grad student said...

I'm pretty happy with the idea of doing both. Sure I want to avoid the jobs that won't give me any time to do my own stuff, but I really do enjoy the instant gratification of teaching(with the recognition that I haven't had to teach intro to philosophy 20 times in a row yet).

But I also wouldn't mind full time research so maybe what I really want is a 2/2 :)

Anonymous said...

It's all about the number of preps, baby!

Anonymous said...

I think most of us should be happy just getting a position, anywhere, with 5 preps and a 5/5/5 load in a term system. If even that.