Where the Political Meets the Professorial

Another response to last week’s post on Prof. Richard Quinn’s disappointment, and the impact of class sizes upon student evaluation and academic quality:

Colleges cheat professors by treating education as a commodity and teachers as assembly-line workers, all the while using the language of “professionalism” to describe an alienating work environment.

Professors cheat students by caving in to college demands for speed-up in the production of transcripts (our stock-in-trade) with reduced concern for quality and a fetish for quanitification and “accountability.”

Students cheat themselves by trying to figure out the easiest way to get a high grade, regardless of whether any learning happens. (When ensconced in a corrupt culture, what could be more rational that to get in on the scam?)

As a result, our corporate political economy “warehouses” young people, chills their expectations, and ensures the creation of marginally productive workers, compliant consumers and passive citizens throughout. It’s a bad way to run a railway, and its a worse way to run an allegedly postsecondary education system.

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