“I can give you my loneliness, my darkness, the
hunger of my heart; I am trying to bribe you
with uncertainty, with danger, with defeat”.
These broadened envision Orwellian campus where freedom is servitude — specifically and particularly, where intellectual servitude to the whims of education technocrats holding up their forefingers to test the winds of supposed market forces. In most industrial oriented spaces theoretically, at least—the bulk of knowledge and experienced decision making ability resides with management, so that’s where the decision-making takes place. Everything is top-down. But in higher education (and, one might argue, throughout education in general), it’s the “workers”—the professors—who know most about what should be taught and how. Thus it’s vital for them to be an integral part of the decision-making process. The process must be, if not bottom-up, then at least relatively collegial. Unless a significant portion of the faculty is tenured, there will…
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