September 1, 2009

The Future

Hey folks.

Tomorrow is my first day of class in my new endeavor; I am studying toward a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education. It feels odd, but I am officially a college student again, and it is my first time in a graduate program.

The purpose of a Ph.D. program is to study toward mastery of a subject and then to add to the body of knowledge on that subject through your own research -- to become a "steward of the discipline." The specific purpose of the program I'm in can be found here.

It's an exciting change, and I'm eager to begin.

Part of the process is an immersion in the subject matter. Browse the program structure, particularly the plans for years 3 and 4, and you will see that I have made a crazy serious commitment by starting this process. I am excited that I have gotten accepted to this program, but the truth is that I am going to have to prove I am up to this challenge through hard work that intensifies with each passing year.

And this is where we come to this blog. Obviously, my posting here has dropped off lately. My brain is going to be full of readings related to mathematical thinking and learning. And my time will be taken up with reading, understanding, absorbing and then synthesizing and writing.

The original purpose of this blog was to post stories and links and stay connected with Friends near and far. later, I felt the urge to write more extended commentary, host small games and other goofy fun. Nowadays, I do most of that sort of communication on Facebook, where I'm talking directly to friends and family rather than the whole world (who are largely not interested in me). For more instantaneous stuff, there is also Twitter.

I still have a need for this blog, so it is not going anywhere. But I wanted to tell you, the remaining reader (if you exist) that whereas this blog used to be the absolute hub of my communications, it is now only one contributor. And even this blog's content gets funneled automatically into Facebook.

I have found in the past that I cannot predict when I will have the urge to post to the blog. Sometimes it becomes very strong right after I say I am not going to be posting. But this time I simply may not be able to afford the time to post, and/or what is on my mind might be of very limited interest.

In any case, if you are my friend and wish to connect on Facebook, I am

Thanks, as always, for sticking around!

Posted by James at September 1, 2009 8:22 AM
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PhD's, Fuck yah!

Secondly - there is one bit of advice that I keep getting from everyone - keep writing. Write a minimum of 1.5 pages a day. I've found that so far, I have nothing to write about, but blogging and trying to find grant opportunities forces me to write. So... blogging could be beneficial to your education.

I'm sure we can turn that into a marketing study or something.

Posted by: Derek at September 1, 2009 10:31 AM

LOL, it's like the Seinfeld of research. Tweet without a semicolon -- that's a marketing study! Tweach a class -- that's a marketing study!

Posted by: Maggie at September 1, 2009 11:18 AM

Tomorrow? Already?? Wow. It's really, really happening!

Posted by: Julie at September 1, 2009 1:38 PM

Yes, it's really happening. So I'm told!

Some bumps in the start-up process, but I will have my first Quantitative Methods class tomorrow. Statistics FTW!

Posted by: James at September 1, 2009 2:03 PM

Holy Toledo, mama! That's quite a program! I know you're equal to the task, though.

Congratulations again on getting accepted. Now get in there and study (and write until your hand falls off, apparently)!

Posted by: Patti M. at September 1, 2009 8:56 PM

And here I am starting a measly 2nd bachelors. Good luck, I'm sure the program will be rewarding. Are you quitting your job and doing this full time or are you some kind of crazy person who's going to try to work and get a PhD simultaneously?

Posted by: David Grenier at September 1, 2009 9:27 PM

mumble... um... crazy person.

Actually, I'm only working half time. Once I enter the production phase in year 3, I have no idea what I will be doing. I am told that having a job and dissertations don't mix very well.

Planning, FTW!

I'm working in a math research center, so I'm hoping I can leverage my work into my academics.

And: no such thing as a measly anything in school. Best of luck with your studies! Kick ass!

Posted by: James at September 1, 2009 10:41 PM

Sounds very exciting. Break a leg!

Posted by: George Bounacos at September 2, 2009 8:01 AM

Best to you!

Posted by: PJ at September 2, 2009 8:58 AM

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