Thursday, October 29, 2015

Jeb Bush, psych majors, four vampires, and revolution

Why you pickin' on psych majors?
In last night's Republican debate, Jeb Bush cast aspersions on psych majors. After saying "the No. 1 degree program in the country is psychology,” Bush said, “I just don’t think people are getting jobs as psych majors.” He added, "Hey, that psych major deal … that’s great … but realize you’re going to be working at Chick-fil-A.”

Since my daughter is a psych major, and since I teach AP Psychology, I took exception to this. And so did psychology professor Darby Saxby. She wrote, "Contrary to what Bush may think, the biggest employer of psychologists isn’t the fast food industry, but the Department of Veterans Affairs. As an intern at a VA hospital, I worked with patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, anger management problems, and substance abuse disorders. Psychologists have developed effective behavioral treatments for all of these problems, but waitlists are long. We need psychology majors—not just doctoral-level psychologists, but paraprofessionals at the bachelor’s and master’s levels—to disseminate and deliver mental health treatments that work."

Take THAT, Bush!
Read Saxby's article here.

What We Do in the Shadows
For Halloween, I suggest this horror-comedy directed by and starring Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords. It's a mockumentary about four vampires living together in Wellington, New Zealand. It's only 85 minutes, and there are a lot of laughs (and a few scares).

The Beatles, Revolution (live)

Sure the studio trickery of Sgt. Pepper's is great, but just put those four guys in a room and let them play, and they were AMAZING.

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