I’ll write more about the thought process behind this, but for now, a link:
I did an interview with CBS Evening News a week or two ago following the entire University of Oklahoma SAE insanity:
For many others, though, the evening’s programs prove a sufficient diversion. Mark Siddall, the curator of the poison exhibition, hosts a well-attended session, with crowd members shouting out answers out of turn.
Why, he asks, do we bother studying poison?
“To kill people!” someone says.
“To stay alive!” suggests another.
During the children’s sleepovers, Mr. Siddall informs them, “the first answer is ‘to help people.’ ”
Researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park are interested in learning how “second gen” Korean and Chinese American parents approach education and child-rearing for their “third gen” children. We are looking for people who fit the following criteria to participate in a one-time interview: 1) Your parents are immigrants and you were born in the U.S. or immigrated before age 7 2) You are of Korean or Chinese descent 3) You have at least one child over the age of 6 4) You reside in the DC metro (DC/MD/VA) or LA/OC area.
We’d like to understand your experiences as a parent, your memories of your own experiences with education, and reflections on education in the Asian American community. You will receive a $10 gift card for participating in an hour long interview. If you are open to being interviewed and/or have questions, please contact Assistant Professor Julie Park at email@example.com. Thank you!
Know parents (who fit my random criteria)? Send em my way.
Always associated Zocalo w/cool things when I was living in LA, so excited to be featured: http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2014/02/14/americas-got-an-undergraduate-problem/ideas/up-for-discussion/
This study cites The Bucket List in its intro, as well as Dead Poets Society’s call to “Carpe Diem.” (They also reference YOLO, and I think now’s a good time to acknowledge that once a term makes its way into academic studies, it’s probably no longer hip.)