Tag Archives: Bill Tierney

Christmas 2014

One way to look at this past year is to look forward. Barry retires in August. I have a sabbatical in September and we will go somewhere for a year, probably to India or Turkey. I find out in March. We will return to Hong Kong in May for the second stage of my fellowship […]

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I Read This and You Probably Should Too: The Entrepreneurial State

The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths by Mariana Mazzucato is not a sizzler that will keep you awake until you find out how it turns out. She’s an economist so the prose is workmanlike and the text can be excruciatingly dull—until you consider the ramifications of her argument. Remember Elizabeth Warren’s “you […]

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I Read This Book and You Can If You Want To: “These Kids: Identity, Agency, and Social Justice at a Last Chance High School” by Kysa Nygreen

I approached this 217-page book with a fair amount of hope but finished it disappointed. Any book, especially an academic text, can be a disappointment and yet the text can be a learning experience. If I were to suggest that someone read this book I would probably recommend it for its flaws rather than its […]

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On Community

A month ago I wrote about how mentoring is a two-way street and how much I have gained from those who I have tried to mentor. It got me to thinking about community and our relationship to others. Over the course of my life there have been moments that I have engaged in activities that […]

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I Read This Book and You Have To: It’s Complicated

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd is a fun, thoughtful, essential book to read for anyone who is trying to make sense of how teenagers make use of social media. Her narrative voice is great; from page 1 until the end of the book 213 pages later, the reader has […]

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Paying for College

Over the last several years we have rightfully been obsessing about student debt. Many students are taking on too much debt. The cost of college can also be a turnoff for poor students who understand debt but don’t necessarily understand foregone earnings. Why go to school for four years, incur debt, and end up with […]

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Transferring Athletic Discipline into Academic Discipline

Any athlete over the long haul has to be disciplined. Some natural athletes can perform at a peak level for a time (think Babe Ruth), but as your body ages it betrays you (think Joe Namath). I’m not a natural athlete but I enjoy physical activity—whether it’s hiking, working out, or running. I enjoy the […]

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On Mentoring, Goals, and What It’s All About

I have mentored lots of students over the years. Insofar as we are all different every individual needs to be mentored in a different way. The methods may differ, but there is an underlying basis to mentoring that stays the same for everyone, and that has to do with trust. There is someone I have […]

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The Rabbit, the Fox, and the Wolf

Just before I switched to my current advisor a little over halfway through my program, I received this from him in an email: The Rabbit, the Fox, and the Wolf One sunny day a rabbit came out of her hole in the ground to enjoy the fine weather. The day was so nice that she […]

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P.S. Clayton Kershaw and Sportsmanship/Academic Citizenship

Clayton Kershaw is one of the best pitchers in baseball, regardless of his performance in October. He, too, plays for “your Los Angeles Dodgers.” Since my previous blog was about sports and athleticism, let me add a few thoughts about the sort of role model Kershaw is and what it’s made me think about with […]

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