Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The CM Interview With Frog & Toad.
They are badly prepared and staggering under the obligation to work and/or big debt, so they are not as impressive in the classroom as they might otherwise be, and have a more instrumental view of their education than they should.
2. What's wrong with the current state of higher education in America?
Oy. The total corporatization of everything.
3. What could regular faculty do locally to improve things?
I don’t feel that regular faculty have much power. We are underpaid, disrespected, and subject to an ever-sped-up work process. We can speak out without fear of retribution, but who is listening?
4. What could part-time faculty do to not only improve their working conditions, but also the fate of our students?
It would be presumptuous of me to tell part-time faculty what to do. I myself intended to quit if not offered full-time tenure-track work. In terms of our various fates, though, I believe that it is time for general faculty and student strikes, combined with strong parent and alumni protest, against the government’s divestment of public education, the remaking of universities into corporations, the insanity of student loans, etc.