Decapitating the Child

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  1. Franki says:

    Oh that poor professor is probably reeling from all dem words. Love the work. The beer-making analogy is great. I feel the same way. I hate being rushed to complete a project for a grade when I know that a hasty move can destroy a piece.

    Feel better.

  2. kimber the wolfgrrrl says:

    The talented husband, who has been the primary parental figure in the house, wants to re-enter the work force, and takes a few courses at the college where his wife works, thereby allowing her to see her co-workers from a student’s POV.

    But, wait! My husband is taking business courses. Whew! I was afraid that you and I were the same person…. maybe the universe isn’t really as diverse as we are led to believe. Thanks, Blogger, for showing us that we are all living variations of each other’s existance!

  3. AmyTree says:

    That kind of makes me hungry for squash too.

    My tonsils could wipe the floor with your tonsils. Mine like to flare up every 10 months or so, leaving me in inarticulate, stinking agony. In between, I get little sore throats and think it’s the rotting tonsil death but I’m onto the clever bastards now – if I can’t taste carrion-infused metal it’s Just A Cold.

    Consolations and antibiotics to you, my friend.

  4. lime says:

    crimony, they should be hiring groom as an instructor. i remember taking some library science course at my community college. one was library management. our term assignment was to come up with some plan to overhaul some aspect of a local library to make a particular service more smoothly run or provided. i so desperately wanted to ask the instructor if i could reorganize her syllabus to make the classwork less redundant.

    feel better soon.

  5. Balou says:

    So impressed with his explanation of brewing the idea and the technical application. Wow! And I understood the technical part too. Hope you’re feeling better Jocelyn. I remember those tonsilitis days. Gargle with warm salt water.

  6. citizen of the world says:

    Ooh, a rate buster! The professors will love him – the other students will fear him.

  7. chelle says:

    Feel better … the sore throat and yucky feelings are no fun.

    I love your husband’s piece and it is so thought out! awesomeness!

  8. Jeni says:

    After being out of school for 32 years, at the grand olde age of 46, I ventured back into the world of academia and wow, what a shock that was for me! In my school days, the teacher gave an assignment, you did it or your failed! Pretty simple, huh? Also, on tests, whatever the teacher deemed to be the correct answer you better have had it or else -you lose points on the test and lose enough of them and yes, you fail.
    However, by the time I hit college, kids would argue on and on -ad nauseum – just to get even a half-point higher grade and whether their argument made good sense or not! I was flabbergasted that people didn’t respect the authority the professors obviously had, what with their phd’s and such. Took me about two years, but eventually I had the nerve to confront a TA about some of the grading he’d used on an essay exam I’d taken. I did get him to up my grade from a c plus to a b, so guess it was worth it. But I’m still somewhat amazed that I had the cajones to do that -to confront him and beg.

  9. susan says:

    There’s always someone that has to skew the curve!

  10. Shania says:

    I hope you feel better soon! Groom should be a photoshop teacher when he grows up. I'm taking a class now that I paid $125 for. It's not worth $1.25. Maybe he can offer a Q&A session. $1 a question?

  11. Minnesota Matron says:

    Please? Can groom take remedial writing from me? Because he could teach the class and I wish someone else would.

  12. jess says:

    My like the nice picture. Words good too. Feel better, Marscapone!

  13. Kylie w Warszawie says:

    I loved the project!

    I’m like the husband. I’ve been the stay at home one for all this time and I wanted to know what to do when I grow up. I, too, am taking classes (all online) but I still don’t know where to go from here. Argh! If only I could write a blog for a living.

    And I hope you feel better!

  14. Jazz says:

    Not only is that image great, the explanation is too. I wonder if the teacher will understand it.

  15. furiousBall says:

    that is so damn impressive lady, both your son’s work and groom defending the creative process. both are very right and strong.

  16. Jocelyn says:

    An interesting addendum to this post is the fact that the teacher does NOT appreciate Groom so much and maybe, em, doesn’t quite like him. He had the audacity, after all, to email her and ask, after the first three assignments of the semester were turned in, that she grade them and give him some feedback before the next assignment, so he knew if what he’d been doing was on the right track.

    Then, a few weeks later, he contacted the dean and asked if she could speak to the instructor about the fact that, in this “digital design” class, she didn’t want them to use Photoshop and such. She was having students use construction paper and glue and home and then photograph what they made and upload the photo. So Groom said he was worried he wasn’t getting the skills he’d need when he transferred to a 4-year institution, and this was a problem. The instructor really doesn’t like him now, but, within the course of an afternoon, she’d rewritten the class and its expectations and could then tell the dean, in all honesty, that she’s “phasing in” technology. In Week 10 of a 16 week class.

  17. Chantal says:

    wow, a digital design class but not permitted to use Photoshop. Nuts! Good for Groom, those kids should bow down to him.

  18. Soul Level says:

    The first line of the post took me by surprise:

    “(I married him because he was the closest thing to a woman I could find in a man’s body)”

    My first wife used to say almost the same thing: She’d say “You’re the next best thing to a woman!”

    Problem came when she realized, “why am I settling for the ‘next best thing?'”

    Turned out okay though. I got the kids, married an amazing woman, and moved to Hawaii!

    I know, I know…that’s not the point of the post…

  19. Princess Pointful says:

    Very cool pic.
    What a funny role for him to be playing now, especially with you dealing with students on a daily basis. It sounds like the inside look may not have been the best thing, after all…

  20. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    Methinks perhaps the instructor doesn’t know Photoshop very well and hoped not to be busted. She should really be Niblet’s teacher in half-day kindergarten. They do very cool things with fruits and vegetables and paste made with flour and water.

    Feel better soon, kiddo. I thought I was the only adult in the world who still had tonsils. Oh, wait. Did I say “adult?” Wrong again.

  21. Glamourpuss says:

    His teacher will either be skipping for joy or crapping himself/herself.

    Good work, Groom.


  22. the cubicle's backporch says:

    Oh lord. Those students really… uh.. pour their heart into their words. huh. I hate it when stuff won’t flowed. Really.

  23. Amy says:

    Yo, wtf–you gotta go out and have my tonsils, too?? Sheesh, how about a little personal space here.

    Actually, those tonsils have gotten me out of a lot over my lifetime. Just one little face grimace, grab at the throat and say, uugh, my throat is sore….do you mind telling me if it’s red?

    Open mouth, say ah and 3…2….1

    JESUS MARY OF GOD go to a hospital this instant and do not come back until they do, um, something.

    Which is probably my penance for where I am now: a legitimate, completely unfabricated fucked up mess of crusty vomit and ptyalism. That’ll teach me. Or, not.

  24. pistols at dawn says:

    Wow. I view this experience (the “adult education” scene) like seeing a John Travolta movie: there’s a part of me that really, really wants to experience it firsthand and laugh a lot, but then there’s another part of me that’s scared and thinks there’s no shame in staying at home and laughing at what I imagine it to be.

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