Two seemingly independent reports on a big problem in the U.S. economy
"Boy, 10, spots error at Natural History Museum display when he notices the protoceratops is wrongly labelled"

"Why I’m leaving UK academia (and no, it’s not just Brexit)"

It's unclear if this gentleman realizes just how privileged (tenured) academic life is--compare his 55 hours/week of work to the work of a coal miner or an ER doctor or an I-banker or just about anybody else--but this complaint certainly rings true:

Then there’s the administration. Leaving aside the widely pilloried and Sisyphean administrative exercises known as the Research Excellence Framework and now the Teaching Excellence Framework, to put it simply we have in recent times witnessed an administrative coup in UK academia. In an article focussing on Oxford University but painting a picture that will be familiar to most academics, The Spectator wrote that the “university’s central administrative staff is now almost three times what it was 15 years ago. There was no similar increase in full-time academic staff, the people who teach students or do research…”. I won’t speculate here on the many reasons why this might be, rather I’ll merely point out that an increase in administrators—lovely and well-meaning as most of them are as individuals—naturally does not do what you might naively expect, i.e., take care of the administration so that academics can focus on academic work. No, instead it breeds ever more complex administrative mazes that are not just difficult to navigate but are de facto becoming the main part of the job. Kafkaesque would not be pushing it too far by any means.

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