Posts Tagged ‘adjunct

05
Sep
13

A Reality Check on the Drive for College Degrees

ImageThis article appeared in the Atlantic several years ago, but I thought it deserved attention again. Recently, someone wrote an article likening school to a prison. If so, what are we doing in colleges? Professor X takes a sobering look at the reality of college for students and professors.

There seems, as is often the case in colleges, to be a huge gulf between academia and reality. No one is thinking about the larger implications, let alone the morality, of admitting so many students to classes they cannot possibly pass. The colleges and the students and I are bobbing up and down in a great wave of societal forces—social optimism on a large scale, the sense of college as both a universal right and a need, financial necessity on the part of the colleges and the students alike, the desire to maintain high academic standards while admitting marginal students—that have coalesced into a mini-tsunami of difficulty. No one has drawn up the flowchart and seen that, although more-widespread college admission is a bonanza for the colleges and nice for the students and makes the entire United States of America feel rather pleased with itself, there is one point of irreconcilable conflict in the system, and that is the moment when the adjunct instructor, who by the nature of his job teaches the worst students, must ink the F on that first writing assignment.

In the Basement of the Ivory Tower

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05
Sep
13

Adjuncts and Retention

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Gracie G  makes some great observations at The Unarmed Education Mercenary.

What incentive, other than the personal satisfaction of a job well done, does the adjunct have to contribute significantly to a department that has made their disposable status very clear?  Why worry about the well-being of a department or school that may or may not ever offer work again?

Some Thoughts On Adjuncts and Retention

25
Jun
13

Don’t Believe the Hype

factorfictionThese days it is often hard to tell when a claim is true when faced with the swirl of rapid fire information that is our modern world. We teach our students to evaluate sources, but even we can sometimes be confused by new and glitzy claims. The article above gives an interesting example of new educational technology and shows how to critically evaluate the claims made by the company. Whether you feel comfortable about your ability to tell myth from fact or you think you need a refresher, Daniel Willingham’s article is a great read.  Originally printed in American Educator in 2012, it provides a guide to help you determine which newfangled innovations are really worth the hype.

Measured Approach or Magical Elixir 

Click above to read the article.