Thanks to my ever vigilant colleague Carl Beck Sachs for pointing the article below out to me. I had seen it in my “topic alert:pedagogy” from the NYTimes, but did not know if I wanted to read it. I’m glad that I did although the information only confirms what I have been witnessing for 20 years as someone in but not wholly of academic circles.
As I noted to Carl on Facespace:
This is the industrial economy in which all academics–including admin & staff–exist: broaden the “standing reserve base” (i.e. students) so the “cheap labor” (TAs/TFs/RAs/adjuncts/instructors) can prepare the best reserves for the “skilled labor” (tenured faculty/researchers) to guide the completed process of the new “product” (i.e. BA/BS) about which the “managers” (administrators) may report to the “board of directors” (Regents/Trustees) the necessary metrics to at least allow the pretense that some dividend has been “earned” for the “shareholders” (i.e. Society-at-Large) who then either invest more of their capital (taxes/grants/gifts) or provide more standing reserves (i.e. these kinds of kids).
But hey, you know what? At least there is this one consolation if you are a part of this industrial education complex: thanks to accreditation rules & by-laws… they only can promote from within the “company.”
So Rinse & Repeat.
This, of course, begs a lot of questions, not the least of which being: What will those of us who do benefit from the system as-is do to bring more temperance, justice, and wisdom to how mostly unprepared youth are used primarily as a funding source?
[BTW Analogies could also be made to a casino. I will leave that for another to do]
Read this article @ Poor Students Struggle as Class Plays a Greater in Success – NYTimes.com.