Thursday, October 23, 2014

One Email, Much Outrage

The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 10th, 2014

Rachel Slocum’s problems began with an email she sent at the end of long day.
It was Tuesday, October 1, and the federal government had partially shut down as a result of a budget impasse. The U.S. Census Bureau and Education Department websites were out of commission, leaving the students in her introductory geography class without access to data for an assignment.
"Hi everyone," she wrote to the 18 students in the online course. "Some of the data gathering assignment will be impossible to complete until the Republican/Tea Party controlled House of Representatives agrees to fund the government."
She urged her students to do whatever work they could. The rest, she wrote, "will have to wait until Congress decides we actually need a government."

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