Back when I was writing at the late, lamented Themestream.com, one of the other contributors I read with much enjoyment was Tina Blue, a college professor. (Well, she’s “adjunct faculty” which means she hasn’t got a shot at tenure, which sucks when you realize that assholes like Ward Churchill get to be tenured big-shots, but dedicated, devoted teachers like Tina get the dirty end of the stick.)
Tina went on after Themestream folded to her own education-oriented website, Teacher, Teacher, and if you’re looking for some good reading material concerning education, that’s a great place to visit (and I don’t know why I haven’t added it to my blogroll under the “Dept. of Our Collapsing Schools” heading. Gotta fix that.) She’s archived most of her articles from Themestream at her site, so there’s a lot of good reading there.
But that’s not what this post is about.
I got an email from Tina this afternoon. I hadn’t heard from her in a while, so it was a pleasant surprise. Here’s what she sent me (and a bunch of others, natch):
Do you remember when everyone was so amazed at how brilliant John Kerry’s daughter Vanessa must be to win a Fulbright Fellowship to do research in England when she was a second-year medical student at Stanford University?
Well, my little daughter, who is a second-year med student at Georgetown, just won a Fulbright Fellowship to do a year of research in Ireland! In the letter she got today telling her she had won the fellowship, it said that of those who have won Fulbrights to Ireland, 35 of them are Nobel Prize winners! These Fulbrights really do go to the crème de la crème.
Sorry to be sending out a group email about this, but I am so proud that I have to tell the world.
Well, Tina, I’ve told a few more for you. Congratulations to you and your daughter. Drop me an email when she wins a Nobel!
(Damn, but I love good news!)