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I remember this incredibly witty and eloquent girl who used to go about Sydney Uni campus by the name of Alexis Harley. (She wrote a scathing review of 'girl' magazines for the student publication, and apparently played bagpipes and the harp in her spare time).

Well, a comment on my blog today sent me off on a google search to find if she's lived up to her earlier promise. I found that she's taken to writing articles like this:

In a letter of 1881 to his “American friend,” Herbert Spencer quotes from The World an article about a Free Church clergyman, who, compelled to spend a night in Spencer’s vicinity, pronounced him to be the Anti-Christ.(2) As unsolicited sobriquets go, “Anti-Christ” is an inherently negative formulation, boths yntactically and semantically.

It's hard to tell if there's any wit buried under that mish-mash of academic terms at all.

There'll always be the memories, I suppose.

I'm sure there's a cream to remedy assumptive clusters.

When footy players, cricketers and the like have to do post match interviews, often they try to sneak in a particular word or phrase, for the merriment of those in the team not forced to face the camera. I wonder if some writers do the same....

Re Mr brookfield.

I aint gonna not never say anythink in case I say somethink wot me beta-half would accuse me of nicking from her to wit, her McEnroe-ic "I do not believe it" reaction.

"assumptive clusters" - sounds very much like the well documented terminal disease suffered by painters and poets of the 19th century, or possibly best summed up by the phrase (© Moi.) "unconscionable pretentious wankery bollocks".

Tone, my advise is to register as a conscientious objecter - or move to Canadaistan

Brookfield, lets bash 'im.

Sure, Tony, he could say that in some, boring, old-fashioned way, like:

"In this chapter I will show four ways to be critically reflective of your own teaching"

But that wouldn't make him cool, because all the cool kids quote Foucault. And you don't spend four years writing a PhD thesis to be 'not-cool' -- or as the cool kids like to say, and therefore be: "'oppressed' by the 'hegemony' of the 'academic dialectic'". No, Brookfield earnt the right to be be oppressed. He deserves it. Really.

Russ, does that mean you think we should bash him as well?

I'm a non-violent sort. I think we should make hime read his own writing.

I must admit that I've always thought that waxing rhapsodic about anything is very poofy.

I'm with lemmy, let's bash the assumptive cluster fuck.

You'll all be happy to know that the rest of the article, while containing more big words than a text full of big words, contains many a clever observation. More than once I nodded along in agreement.

But don't let me stop the bashing. Carry on.

There's a long line of famous assumptive clustees.

I am too thick to understand the text, just have a hankering for some ultraviolence, that is all.

But only in a mature, between consenting adults sort of snaggy way you understand.

Being in a strange mood tonight I actually googled "critically reflective" and came across an excerpt from Brookfield's book from which Tony quotes.

It struck me that, aside from writing in a boring manner, Brookfield invariably refers to a teacher as "her" or "she" or by some other feminine pronoun. What happened to the movement to substitute the third person plural pronouns to avoid the gender bias of the generic masculine third person singular pronoun?

"Students", on the other hand, never get a gender specific pronoun. This tortured structure means that he rarely casts "student" in the singular so that he may avoid his own sexist singular pronoun trap.

Tony, how can I say this without being hurtful? I saw not one clever observation. To me he reads like a poor stand up comedian, observationally speaking. Maybe you need to be a teacher to see otherwise.


I got arrested in 1987 for showing my assumptive cluster to a busload of nuns.

If you stand outside yourself, you see yourself in new ways. And you may not like what you see. But the chances are that someone else will have seen it and not liked it before you saw it, and will have whacked it with a piece of 4x2.

I see that Stephen has discovered the postmodern thesis generator, the greatest labour-saving device in the history of the humanities/social sciences academies.

This post and ensuing comment thread has had me in stitches. Oh Tony, how I feel your pain. At least he didn't use the word, 'journey.'

I SAY LET'S BASH 'IM.

*hammers nails into plank of wood*
*downs shooter*
*cracks knuckles*

ORRIGHT BOYS, WHERE DOES HE LIVE?

Yeah, let's get 'im! I say we put salt in his Ben and Jerry's ice-cream and make his local Starbucks stock only International Roast.

I ran it through Babelfish a few times - English to French to Spanish to Dutch and then back to English.

"irer rapsodisch concerning the advantages of education in useful criticus r3fléchissant have been limited unless we have a specific house on the form in which it takes place really. In the previous chapter explained I that the critical bezinning in the hunting of the approvals of concentrates the power and hegemony. The best manner for these pretensions is banish observe what we do this way little of this way a lot of trusted angles possible. In this chapter which I have wanted for researches how we can see our practice of new manners have themselves which outside we ourself observe and what we do by four different objectives. Each an one of these objectives lighted differing part of our education. The beslaglegging assomptifs sends besnoeiingen of our jets to specific reduction together."

I think you can confidently call that outcome a specific reduction of an beslaglegging assomptif.

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