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June 19, 2008
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Copy to clipboard. College education inflation is at seven percent at year.
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Now history is more a hobby than a career. Comment by Niraj — June 19, pm. Great piece, Lou and thanks for several great references, thanks also to Michael. My only comment is that most academics in the liberal arts, very much unlike most computer techs, often have not only a passing familiarity with but a rich grounding in various radical political traditions.
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Of course the presence of these ideas and the failures of the intellectual left since the s have made the universities a place where theory is most nakedly divorced from practice, but the ideas are still there, for what they are worth, bubbling under the surface…. Comment by Isaac — June 19, pm.
Right on target. In Puerto Rico we are dealing with a similar, perhaps worst, scenario not only because there is a similar, growing trend in the use of adjunct professors by the state university. There is also a significant gap in salaries compare to the US, a considerably higher workload -four courses per semester at the state university- and the almost total absence of tenure in private universities.
It would be interesting to look at the growing use of contingent academic labor in the context of: the prospect of a knowledge based economy and society, the European Bologna project and the recent decision by the EU of extending the duration of the work week to 60 — 65 hours.
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Comment by Argeo T. Quinones Perez — June 20, am. Thanks for reading my book, and for your elaboration of the adjunct labor system. Keep up the great site!
Comment by Frank Donoghue — June 20, am. Pingback by point of view — June 20, am. College faculty are a bunch of crybabies who have had a chance to organize and have not done it. That is all of you not the adjunct or the part timers only. You have little to whine about if any of you had cared in when the AFT and the NEA were both talking about this problme—not the phoney calls for collegiality by the likes of the AAUP.
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Cry on—Cry on. Comment by J. Kaye Faulkner — June 26, am. The most fundamental idea in all of marxism is praxis. Praxis involves the combination of theory with practice.
Professor, Heal Thyself!
If there is no practice of the theory, ie if leftism, academic leftism, is understood only as explication and elaboration of theory without any attempt to practice, put into play, make the theory actual, there is nothing there. The academic left MUST put its ideas into practice or it really has nothing at all, not even ideas. Either the academic left wakes up to the problems of academic workers and other workers, and does something about them, or it loses all and any claim to being left. Comment by Yusef — June 26, pm. This is a […]. After 30 years of teaching at the high school and college levels, I have decided to end my unwitting support of a hoax.
A huge number of students gain entry to higher education because of the almighty dollar. Students believe they are entitled to good grades because they have paid for them in the form of tuition. Our education sector has sold its soul for the gold of mammon.
What sector of society has not done the same? Now, I have decided that I am not enough of a masochist to continue teaching as an adjunct. My pension is sufficient for my needs and I have great medical benefits. I can no longer torture myself by reading the writing of students that are barely literate.
The humanities will lose their humanity as students remain willing participants in the greed machine called education. I think my time would be better spent working as a volunteer with the Literacy Volunteers of America. Comment by Mary Mills — January 2, am. Kaye Faulkner , as I attend my first informational meeting this week on collective bargaining.