We Are Not Dancing Bears

Bill Cooke, Jun 13, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One of the things that has always bothered me about Mensa is that despite all the good the amassed brainpower could do, the majority of their time seems to be spent on games and puns. I have the same feelings about university professors - they have so much potential, but with some few exceptions, they don't even try to speak to the rest of the world, much less help it. So I have mixed feelings about the plight of professors who claim IP rights to their creations or object to being rated by their students. On the one hand I recognize the need for a self-managing academic profession independent from the strictures binding ordinary employees. On the other hand, I wish they'd use that freedom to do more than frittering away their skills and abilities.

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