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My Government Teacher

I've never been scared of a teacher before, but this guy scared the fucking Jesus outta me today (first day). He's not mean, but he's a hard-ass, and I appreciate that. Not only am I scared of him, but he's very inspiring. He gave us his "story" which sounded exactly like mine. His 10 over 9000 page syllabus makes it clear how assrape demanding he's going to be. Apparently his tests aren't that hard, but he makes it a requirement to keep up with news every day, and also his assignments are nice, and relevant to the real world.

Also anyone who takes his class will be able to transfer the credit to any university in the U.S., because shit is THAT cash.

P.S. His credentials:

Jeff Millstone, M.A., J.D., is a lawyer and political scientist. Professor Millstone teaches courses on law and government at UT–Austin and at ACC. He did his graduate work in political science at Northwestern University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (J.D.) from the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Millstone practiced law as a litigator with over 20 years of experience, concentrating on constitutional law and criminal justice issues. He worked in the criminal justice system as a prosecutor, defense lawyer, and Assistant Attorney General (AAG). As an AAG, he served as Deputy Chief of the Law Enforcement Defense Division of the Office of the Texas Attorney General. In this capacity, he helped manage a division of over forty lawyers, represented state criminal justice agencies and their employees in lawsuits filed in state and U.S. federal courts, and served on the Attorney General’s Task Force for Homeland Security. Since 2003, Professor Millstone has dedicated his career to teaching and research.

Professor Millstone is a 2006 recipient of the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award. The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) teaching excellence award recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching, leadership, and learning.

He has published works on the politics of criminal justice, most recently as a contributing author on “Criminal Justice Policy” in the current edition of Texas Politics: Individuals Making a Difference.

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01-22-2009 08:49 AM
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That's impressive. He sounds like a cool teacher.
And I don't think you should be scared because judging from your posts, I think you're a smart guy.
01-22-2009 08:53 AM
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Yea, he sounds like a cool teacher. Not all of them are ebil, I guess. Biggrin

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01-22-2009 09:00 AM
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Well, he's a real hard ass, so if you don't like that, you should not take the class. He's SRS bsnss, but fair. I wouldn't want this in a public school though, because you don't choose to be there. In fact, I'd probably end up complaining even if I was enjoying the class personally. Could be hell for others though.

There are like 10 other sections you could have chosen for American Government, and the college gives you plenty of time to add/drop classes in case you land somewhere you don't want to be.

Public schools have much less options, and therefore it fails.

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. - Chuang-tzu
The quieter you become, the more you can hear. - Baba Ram Dass
The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass. - Dogen
Great Faith. Great Doubt. Great Effort. - The three qualities necessary for training. - Zen saying
Possessing much knowledge is like having a thousand foot fishing line with a hook, but the fish is always an inch beyond the hook. - Zen saying
01-22-2009 09:12 AM
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