"I taught there for 18 years, but the details of its conduct as revealed in a recent lawsuit shocked even me."
There are some schools--which ones, I leave as an exercise for the reader--where this gentleman probably would have gotten a raise and a promotion. But that's not how the Wolfpack rolls.
Some more details here.
My conjecture is that this is a widespread condition:
There was a combination of reasons why I decided to leave teaching, but the one foremost in my mind was this — I came to the conclusion that about a fourth of the students in my classes were in the wrong place. They were wasting their time, my time, and theirs’ or their parents’ money.
The issue, as I saw it, was their lack of intellectual curiosity. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. We all have different interests. Some were there as a way of delaying adulthood for four more years. (Many of them managed to do that for five, six, or seven years.) There’s nothing essentially wrong with that either, but it ought not be subsidized with taxpayers’ money.
I agree with Glenn Reynolds who has long contended that Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Princeton--among others--should give big chunks of their endowments to less fortunate schools.
It's all about equity, don't you know.
Well, sure. Students who are trained to see the world as it is, not as they think it should be, will oppose socialism.
Intersting idea--and it would be nice to reduce the amount a teacher's grades affects his or her student evaluations--but I see some serious workability problems in ". . . using someone other than the professor to grade students".
"The Open Syllabus Project (OSP) collects and analyzes millions of syllabi to support educational research and novel teaching and learning applications."
The most frequently assigned title across "6,059,459 syllabi" is Strunk's Elements of Style. The most frequently assigned title in economics is Mankiw's principles text. (Mankiw's books are also #2 and #3 in economics.)
For what economists should do about Marx's high ranking in economics, see this interesting post by Professor David Tufte.
I sure do agree with this: "We need an educational system that allows a multitude of students to thrive, including through vocational training."
The vicious infighting over the leadership of a top Brooklyn preschool.
It seems as though the new head was not a good fit with at least some of the parents and staff. The message to me is this is why interviewers spend a bunch of time trying to determine if new hires are "clubbable"--whether they are compatible with the existing corporate culture.
Here's an alternate takeaway: ". . . the article was published was to stir up anger against a bunch of rich white women in Brooklyn".