It seems like every semester I end up having to read more books then the last.
Here’s what’s been read up to this point (not including journal articles or books that I have not had to read all the way through):
- Jacobson, The Politics of Congressional Elections
- Brady and Johnston, Capturing Campaign Effects
- Johnson-Cartee and Copeland, Inside Political Campaigns
- Iyengar and Kinder, News that Matters
- Key, Southern Politics in State and Nation
- Bishop, The Big Sort
- Ansolabhere and Snyder, The End of Inequality
Politics of Education
- Bracy, Put to the Test
- Baumgartner, et al, Lobbying and Policy Change
- Berry and Wilcox, The Interest Group Society
- Andres, Lobbying Reconsidered: Understanding Influence
Public Policy Analysis
- Hill and Hupe, Implementing Public Policy
- Weimer and Vining, Policy Analysis Concepts and Practice
- Gregory, The White Queen
- Sparks, The Last Song
Yep – that’s the list for now. Still have more to go… back to work!
… Is going to be a vent, and I’m sorry. So if you don’t want to read, stop reading.
I have been blessed with a seemingly endless love for learning. I enjoy reading newspapers, scholarly articles, and political science books in my free time. Doing homework is usually something that’s pretty interesting for me. Studying for tests, while stressful, also makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something. And writing papers, while the research can usually take forever, I can thankfully write very fast with an outline.
Learning is interesting for me. Learning is fun. School has never been that difficult for me. I work hard, sometimes too hard. And I have been blessed with being rewarded for my hard work with good grades that reflect the effort that I put in. Until now.
Studying abroad is supposed to be fun, professors know this and they are supposed to take it easy on you. Well, I guess that’s not how my professors here play the game. It seems like no matter how hard I research my papers, how long I study, how hard I work at my internship, nothing changes, nothing improves, the grades aren’t there.
I cannot express how annoying this is for me. When you think you write a perfectly good paper, one that goes above and beyond what the professors asks, and you still do not get the grade you expect, it’s defeating. It makes you doubt your abilities. It makes you think that if you can’t even handle study abroad classes, how are you going to handle your masters classes next semester? Or your masters exam a two years away? Or law school classes?
I guess now I finally understand what it feels like to work so hard for something and then not achieve it in the end. It makes you want to give, especially because you feel like you have nothing else left to give.
I hate it.
I hate grade deflation.
If I work hard, if I do what is expected – beyond what is expected – I want a good grade. You cannot look me in the eye and tell me that some of the classes that I’ve taken at BU and have gotten As in are easier than the classes I’ve taken here. The classes here are dumb – the professors briefly touch on the details and they give no guidance as to the papers. The fact that we need to write papers for our internships – with sources – is insane, especially after working 32 hours a week and going to class for another 4 (along with having work to do for that class).
Seriously, this just makes me want to go home. To forget this semester. And to move on.
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Britain is a part of Europe and distant from it.
British people don’t see themselves as European.
France only cares about wine and cheese (and themselves).
An EU constitution threatens Parliamentary Sovereignty.
– Keep in mind, exam tomorrow!
Dual political socialization:
Our parents political socialized us towards a certain political party.
However, in this election, many young adults have been convincing their parents to vote for the Democratic ticket. Why?
This is a process of duel political socialization. We are socializing our parents, incorporating the racist-free, individualistic, accepting, and fearful era that we have grown up in.
This era has influenced us towards overwhelmingly supporting Barack Obama. We are now getting our parents to vote for him as well.
What will this mean for the future of American politics? Has this occurred in the past with other candidates that had strong youth followings?
About 300 pages of reading is waiting for me on various topics from African age-sets, to presidential polls, to the American judicial system. Never mind the thousands of pages of reading on the Lost Boys of Sudan for my term paper.
All of that has been put aside by tonight’s anger-filled events.
In order to both calm myself down and get a better handle on those events, commentary on that will occur in the last post of the night.
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From now until Wednesday at noon, my life will revolve around memorize the names of all of the countries, capitals, and major landforms in Africa.
Take a look… there are 54 countries in Africa.
The world will get too hot. Plant and animal species will start to die off. The weather patterns will change with an increase in dangerous types of extreme weather becoming more common. Sea levels will rise and polar ice caps will melt covering most of New York City and drowning Florida. And… Humans will become dumber.
According to recent research, IQ in white civilizations decreases as the heat index increases. The amount of white people in prison increase as heat increases.
Now I can’t even being to start of where to critique this research. The first thing I would have to say would be the obvious thing anyone who has taken PO102 at BU or who has had a TA who taught PO102 at BU (for me, that latter): this so-called correlation between heat and IQ and heat and prisoners is most definitely causation, not correlation.
However, I didn’t link to this article because of how interesting and informative or even scientifically significant it was to the whole global warming debate, but rather because it provides an interesting juxtaposition to a theory that was discussed in my PO241 Public Policy class. In this class, during our Environmental Policy section, Professor Rossell told us that global warming might not be that bad because, among other things, humans might actually get SMARTER. According to Rossell, there was a heat wave that spark the Renaissance (some more causation, not correlation), so therefore, global warming could actually be good. Well let’s just say that this comment sparked off quite a discussion among us global warming hating liberal college students during our sections on Friday.
Funny how people can use two different types of research to come to two completely opposite conclusions.
I just had to post it all…
Generations are defined by the years in which they were born and the specific attributes that the members of the generation hold in common. All generations have defining shared experiences that influence the way in which they live and view the world (Liesse 1). For members of the Millennial Generation, the September 11th terrorist attacks are the first event that they will remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. Similar to how parents of Millennials told their children where they were when President John F. Kennedy was shot, Millennials will be able to enthrall their children with stories about their personal experiences on September 11th, 2001. The attacks have been the single major event that has affected the lives of the Millennial Generation. The cultural memory of the Millennial Generation, in regards to September 11th, is still being formed, but one can be certain, the terrorist attacks have had a strong impact on the lives of this group of young people. September 11th has made them more interested in making a difference in the world, thereby helping them get involved with both community service and politics.
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Theories of Justice