In response to the "Professors need to come down from their Ivory Towers," opinion piece, I recalled this Crampicle Commentary from last week about how professors are judged too narrowly by the public and others who don't understand what, exactly, it is professors do to stay busy.
"Just Because We're not Publishing Doesn't Mean We're Not Working"
By Bruce B. Henderson
The public is on to us. They now know our six to 12 hours in the classroom is for a week, not a day. And we teach for only 30 weeks a year if we can afford to avoid summer work. What was once just a running joke is now a serious question raised in op-eds, spread in viral e-mails, and brought before legislatures.
Everywhere, it seems, unproductive faculty members are blamed for the rising cost of higher education.