06 September 2014

You May Now Call Me Dr. Cohen

Though you needn't.

9 comments:

erp said...

Mazel tov.

Does this mean that now all PJA members except me have the option of putting Dr. in front of their names?

pj said...

Congrats!

David said...

Erp -- I don't think "all, but a surprisingly high proportion for a bunch of right wing nut jobs.

Indeed, I think almost all PJAers have a postgraduate degree.

Susan's Husband said...

Congratulations.

One does wonder if the experience of getting a post-graduate degree pushed us in to being right wing nut jobs.

erp;

I call She Who Is Perfect In All Ways "Dr. H" as an affectionate nickname, which she has learned to tolerate. Although convincing the kids to call her "Frau Doktor Professor Mutter" might have been a bit much.

erp said...

aog, apparently looking the opposite of a construction worker didn't affect your ability to charm and marry a beautiful smart lady who knows a good thing when she sees it.

Mazel tov to both of you too.

You guys might be interested in this. Spoiler: The last paragraph actually made sense.

My granddaughter, an excellent student at a top prep school in the northeast, is a senior looking at colleges. When I was in the higher-ed biz, resumes that didn't include an undergrad Ivy or equivalent, MIT, Stanford, etc. weren't even given a cursory glance, so naturally I think she should go to a top tier school.

My daughter, an associate dean at one of Ivies, thinks otherwise – hates elitism, etc.

I stand by my position because other than in science and making contacts with other students, I don’t think it matters if one attends any college or university. This was always true, but now in the age of information relentlessly beating a path to one’s door, it’s even more irrelevant, so a kid might as well go to what CW considers the top school. That factoid will forever remain on one’s vita and unless things change radically in ways I can’t imagine, will always resonate positively.

Annoying Old Guy said...

erp;

She claims she was drunk at the time :-).

I see the point in the article but it's unclear to me standardized testing does much better. The real problem is the (IMHO) undeserved reputation of the Ivy league schools. When I was involved in hiring, an Ivy League degree was a negative mark - we tried to avoid them (for reasons mentioned in that article). Apparently that's unusual.

P.S. Heck, we were leery of PhDs. I've mentioned the story of being in a room filled with PhDs and someone said "We have so many PhDs, why can't we figure this out?". I said "because we have too many PhDs".

erp said...

... bbbbbut you were hiring people who needed to know how to DO something, not just blather.

You know, I seem to remember you posting a picture some time back in which you bore a remarkable resemblance to Mel Gibson who may not be a construction worker, but looks like he could be one. You may be far too modest.

Annoying Old Guy said...

Heh. That was, in fact, a picture of Mel Gibson. I sent it to my wife one time with my name on it while we were living apart*, hoping to, um, "adjust" her memories.

* Graduate school issues, she was hoping it would be an incentive to finish my PhD more quickly.

Annoying Old Guy said...

Heh. That was, in fact, a picture of Mel Gibson. I sent it to my wife one time with my name on it while we were living apart*, hoping to, um, "adjust" her memories.

* Graduate school issues, she was hoping it would be an incentive to finish my PhD more quickly.