Have I ever talked about my educational background? I have what may be called a checkered past, maybe…..(scenes from a zombie’s school background):
- I never passed an art or industrial arts class with anything less than an A
- I took 4 1/2 years of math in high school.
- I only passed college chemistry because I rode the coattails of a guy in the dorm room next to mine.
- I took way more English than I ever needed in both high school and college, including a literature course in science fiction.
- I had to request an academic probation in college rather than just abrupt dismissal.
- In high school, my counselor looked at my transcript and was completely confuzzled, throwing his hands up. I told him I was already working as a professional draftsman in a local engineering firm, so he said “sounds good to me!” and threw me out.
- My father insisted I go to college (mainly due to the fact that he declined an opportunity to go himself because of a local antipathy to college boys) and I have thanked him for it ever since, believe me…
- Because I didn’t plan on going to college, I hadn’t done the preparatory research, taken the good tests, or made applications. So it was a matter of which colleges had majors that seemed like a good fit, had entry requirements I could meet, and available space (and also, which ones were out of town, so I could move the hell out). And at that point, Wisconsin still believed in the value of affordable State colleges, so there was one or two that fit that definition (this becomes important almost immediately).
- After all that, I graduated from SARUP undergrad and grad school, with two separate special studios at the high level of Master’s.
- I have been invited back to the school as a participant in design efforts, student reviews, and special presentations.
Land Grant Colleges are an important and amazing idea in the history of our country. They provided high level educational opportunities to people from moderate means across the country, and most of them, especially the University of Wisconsin (which was further supported by the incorporation of the Wisconsin Idea, which pledged the use of the resources of the college campuses to further and develop ideas in support of the public good. In recent years, the Dean of the Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning has been exemplary in using the talent in his school to foster free exchange of fresh ideas and progressive ideas. It is no random happenstance that since he took Deanership, we have seen Milwaukee out perform the economic development of every other area in Wisconsin, and we have seen things like expansion of public transit, improvement of sustainability, development of spectacular puck amenities like the Children’s Museum, the Calatrava museum addition, expansion of Summerfest, continued development of the Riverwalk, making Milwaukee one of the best bicycle cities in the Midwest, and on and on.
So I find this a bit personal.
Turdwaffle , following on his ALEC-ordered attack on unions with Act 10, followed up by trying to avoid the huge public outcry and do this on the down low: removing mentions of the Wisconsin Idea from his budget; obviously the first step to removing it from all public documentation altogether. This was in 2015. It was of course, done, because he has a compliant Republican Lege, who fall in line like a bunch of big, stupid dominoes.
So now, Our Governor Fucknuckle has decided that the best thing for one of the highest regarded research and publicly oriented college system in the country now needs to be more oriented toward making it a fancy-pants technical school providing drink workers for the rich and wealthy.
Oh, am I being hyperbolic? Here:
Walker wants UW campuses to compete for $42.5 million in new funding based on graduation rates, average time to degree, percentage of graduates who get jobs, and how many of them work in high-demand fields in Wisconsin, among other measures.
So these colleges, acclaimed worldwide and also offering amazing opportunities to people who might not otherwise have them, now have to go cutthroat about how many of their students get placed with work farms that are acceptable to the Wisconsin Government Corporate Masters.
So yeah, I feel this is a bit personal. The existence of the UW system allowed me to go to college in a way that was not high-stress and was still access to an amazing education that opened up my fucking world. And Turdwaffle says “let’s try to fuck this over!” because he is a dim, small-minded, Republican knee-walking shit-sniffing obsequious complete fucknuckle.
It’s not a Friday, but here you go: