AAUP Issues Report On Adjunct Philosophy Professor Allegedly Fired For High Standards

Justin W., Daily Nous, Mar 29, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Though the post is about academic freedom, there's an interesting perspective about attitudes here. Here's the professor in question speaking: "I was told, ‘here’s the textbook you will teach from…here’s how you will teach, you will not assign hard papers, you will not make the class difficult…’ Basically, they turned the entire class into a unit that could be done by anybody." My emphasis. There's an attitude here that education should be so challenging that some people - most people, even - don't get through. That's fine if you're a game show and you pay the contestants. But, you know, it's not. See also: Inside Higher Ed.

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