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What would Bill Gates write about his CCSSI investment? “I get to spend over $200 Million for standards adoption, implementation and PR campaigns and call it a performance about being the nation’s superintendent.”


Imagine that you are a student studying for your doctorate.  You are in the midst of writing your thesis which demands an extraordinary amount of time and effort.   How would you explain your thesis in one sentence?  Can such an exhaustive process be explained in our twitter obsessed world?   From  “Lol My Thesis” Showcases Painfully Hilarious Attempts to Sum up Years of Academic Work in One Sentence:

A true fact about the thesis stage of an advanced degree: Whatever the academic field, whether writing a fifty page bachelor’s or master’s thesis or 250 plus page doctoral dissertation, at some point, you will need to winnow your argument down to an abstract summary of a couple succinct paragraphs. Then, one inevitably finds—when riding elevators with colleagues and mentors, talking to relatives over holiday dinners, justifying one’s existence to friends and acquaintances—that the whole damned thing needs to somehow reduce to one intelligible sentence or two. It’s all anyone has the patience for, honestly, and it saves you the trouble of trying to reconstruct complex arguments for people who won’t understand or care about them and who generally only asked out of politeness anyway.


But how, how, to cram years of research, agony, turmoil, crushing failure and soaring epiphany into bite-sized conversational nuggets without gross oversimplification to the point of tautological absurdity? Can it even be done?! The blog “lol my thesis,” started last year by a Harvard senior studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, suggests that it can, but not without hilarious results. Part of an exploding genre of academic parody (and procrastination) sites, lol my thesis proudly ventures forth in its mission of “summing up years of work in one sentence” with open submissions from current students. Many of the submissions are from the sciences, and many from undergraduate theses, but a fair number also come from humanities and post-graduate studies. Take, for example, the following submission from an MFA Creative Nonfiction student at Emerson College, which directly addresses the intended audience:

“A collection of nonfiction essays, which means they’re written about real people and events, mom. Remember all those times you accused me of not listening to the things you said?”

A passive aggressive example that most of us who’ve been through the process can relate to at some level. Another one that hits home is this, from a Vassar Political Science major, who discovers too late that the argument doesn’t work: “Oops: Turns out self-published poetry didn’t actually affect Indian politics but I’m 60 pages in, so.”

Read more here.  You can follow “lol my thesis” on twitter here.


Crafting The Common Core State Standards Initiative demanded an extraordinary amount of time and effort by unelected people appointed to write standards by Non-Governmental (private) organizations for publicly educated (and funded) students.  The taxpayer and state legislators are under these standards that they must pay for but have no voice in adopting or implementing.  The narrative from the pro CCSSI side first said the standards were internationally benchmarked (that was withdrawn), the standards were higher and rigorous (now they are “the floor”) and the “college ready” claim has been clarified to mean college ready for a two year community college placement (not the colleges most parents would aspire their children to attend).

There seems to be some confusion on the CCSSI thesis.  Can you “lol my common core” in one sentence better than the supporters can describe the CCSSI?  Can you sum up what this initiative really is?  Here are a few to get you started:

Do private Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have the constitutional authority to set educational policy, direction and development for public schools?

Does this make sense: how can standards be described as both “higher” and “the floor” and why should we believe anything education reformers say?

“Research based” sounds good but CCSSI doesn’t provide any to sell the product, only theory.

From taxpayers and state legislators: Tell me again when I got to vote on this and it’s going to cost HOW MUCH?






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