Saturday, March 28, 2015
More Clickable Goodness for the Linked Article Haters
We often like to bat around the miseries of adjunctery on this blog. And in the last couple of days we've been discussing whom to blame for the mess and what we might do about it. Here's an article from that bastion of feel good liberalism, The New Republic that tells you not to complain to your students about it because they aren't going to give two shits anyway.
Fair enough. I don't know that I have the answer exactly, but in the corner of the inter webs where I hang out in my meatspace identity this article has elicited no shortage of mockery. I can't decide what I think, but that may just be incipient senility.
here's a persistent hope that if only college students knew how little their professors were paid, they’d storm the barricades on their instructors’ behalf, or at the very least be so moved by their instructors' plight as to somehow improve their lot. The latest example comes from Carmen Maria Machado, an adjunct instructor living in Philadelphia, who wrote an essay for the New Yorker about the poor working conditions in her field—not just the low pay, but adjuncts' lack of job stability, professional development, health and retirement benefits, and even an office to call their own.
The rest, Please To Enjoy (happy now motherfuckers?)