October 12, 2006

"But mostly he just wants to be a professor."

Wow! I've never read a more impressive reinforcement of the belief that it's great to be a professor.

12 comments:

Too Many Jims said...

I found it interesting that his mother is a research assistant professor. It reminded me of your recent post on "proffspring".

mcg said...

I think you would be surprised how many millionaires are floating around Stanford in particular. Not that they all have his level of weath, of course! There was a considerably elevated level of "reinstatement requests" back in the 2000-2002 timeframe.

The Drill SGT said...

vis-a-vis Stanford and UW, if they ever prove that Cheese either improves female sexual response or fights male pattern baldness, UW will have a lot of cheese millionaires in the ag department. :)

Wickedpinto said...

I don't think most people think that being a proffessor is a bad thing, or something that they don't aspire to.

I think that for the most part, people with a sense of personal worth, think that being a professor would be a cop out, or a way to be incompentant in the face of others, with an air of authority to only serve their own arrogance.

I mean really, everyone knows the phrase "those who can't do, teach, those who can't teach criticize"

I think that everyone knows that professors are just highly paid over glorified teachers, who accomplish a lot less in aggregate than their gradeschool colleagues.

No offense to you madam ann, you admit openly the freedom you experience as a prof, and such.

But that phrase is a pretty good axiom with which to start when analyzing your collegiate education.

(one more thing, I haven't learned a damn thing of law from you madam ann, however, your desire to find art and joy from simple and common expressions and images has calmed me much, so teaching isn't useless, but it's not that friggen special, it's YOU who are special)

mcg said...

I think that for the most part, people with a sense of personal worth, think that being a professor would be a cop out, or a way to be incompentant in the face of others, with an air of authority to only serve their own arrogance.

This is utter nonsense; and people with a sense of personal worth wouldn't stoop so low as to think it.

nedludd said...

one more thing, I haven't learned a damn thing of law from you madam ann,

So? I haven't learned a damned thing about quantum mechanics from you.

Unless you are commenting as a former student, I never had the impression that Ann was trying to teach law here. An occasional comment or two as things catch her interest, but I really don't think this blog was meant to be pedagogical (I have a teaching certificate that I don't use and this fancy word is all I remember from my education classes. Sad, isn't it?) in nature.

Maxine Weiss said...

" Not that they all have his level of weath, of course!"--mcg

Oh yes they do, darn near close.

Stanford Faculty draws from the incredibly wealthy communities of Hillsborough, Atherton, the gorgeous Napa Valley $$$$$, Silicon Valley $$$$$, and then there's the wealthy Bay Area, Pacific Heights, Sausalito, and can't forget the Marin County hot tubbers.

Millionaires all. It's the wealthiest region in the USA.

Limousine liberals.

Peace, Maxine

mcg said...
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mcg said...

Maxine, I certainly know that Mr. Karim was not exaggerating (at least, not much) when he said that there were a few billionaires that take up professional residence in the Gates computer science building. I also know of many Stanford grad students who left academia to pursue start-up success; and of course many succeeded.

So I should have been more specific. Karim is not the only student at Stanford to have left to do startups, reaped sizeable financial rewards, and returned to finish his work. That is what I meant by the "reinstatement requests" comment.

What is unique about him is that he was able to stay in academia and still score a big win. That's pretty darn amazing.

john(lesser) said...

I am finally past the point where I read a story like this and jealousy does not get involved. Inspiring.

mcg said...

Oh, and not all of them are limousine liberals.

Goesh said...

He certainly did not have a case of didaskeleinophobia, fear of going to school. MSN has quite piece on phobias this morning (hint hint)....