's observation may, much to my regret, be true of me, literally. You may have garnered from recent posts that I have been looking for work at a university back home, and had one promising lead. (Thus, the Latinization of my name on the sidebar.)
interview went well, save for one interviewer's doubts as to whether I could adapt to working with American students after a decade-and-a-half overseas. It was a fair question, and interesting that it came from the only "diverse" member of the hiring committee, as one might think my overseas experience might add some "diversity" to the team.
To be fair, it was 5:15 AM and I did not answer the question as best I could. This prompted a follow-up interview, in which I was asked of all things if I knew who Snooki
was. I answered that I did, alluding to the fact that it was the great Gerald Celente
's comment that "America has become Snooki stupid" that informed me of the existence of this entity, who apparently caused a sensation among the students at the university to which I had been seeking to work.
The interviewer was satisfied by my answer, but she also forwarded me some additional questiones to be answered in writing by the above-mentioned "diverse" member of the hiring committee:
What are some major issues US college students are facing today? How would you help them deal with these issues? What has caused these issues? How are students reacting to these issues?
I can, and will, give a good and honest answer to these questions. In brief: The major issue college students are facing today is the complete breakdown of social, moral, and ethical norms. I would help them deal with these issues by providing counter-cultural examples of right living from humanity's diverse traditional belief systems. Modernity itself has caused these issues. Students are reacting to these issues by engaging in behavior that risks their souls to eternal damnation. Such an answer would probably get me rejected at most Catholic schools, let alone a state one. (I have no problem with the several states being involved in education, just the Feds.)
The university in question is located in my home state, in Rod Serling
's hometown, which I think would be an ideal place for me to resettle with my family. However, another issue, a potential dealbreaker, is that the position is funded by an unconstitutional federal grant through a department (and a government perhaps) that I would rather see abolished. While it might be ethical to "bleed the beast" and divert funds from war and empire, at then end of the day, I'd have to go to sleep knowing that I was living off the expropriated wages of my fellow citizens. I wouldn't be happy with that.
So, if any of you can recommend a good small university or college, preferably in Upstate New York or Vermont, that might be in need of a fellow with some international experience who can teach English and speak Spanish and Korean and a smattering of other languages, please let me know. Otherwise, I might be stuck at the world's top 28th
university (Top 200 - The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010-2011
) for years come.
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