11.9.12

GOING GALT?

As tough as things are, they can get worse. Historiann reflects on the follies of recruiting for a research faculty on 2s 6d.
Friends, this is what you get if you try to run a research university like it’s a community college or the University of Phoenix.  That’s right:  we’re officially a Carnegie-1 institution!  What a joke.  But at least we’re not misrepresenting ourselves to our job candidates by pretending that their lives as faculty at Baa Ram U. will be anything like working for a real research university.

Speaking of which:  maybe it’s time for a sit-down strike on the Tenure and Promotion Committee.  Why should we enforce tenure and promotion standards like an R-1 when we’re staffed and funded like a community college?
Do you want to know who is John Galt?
There have always been men of intelligence who went on strike, in protest and despair, but they did not know the meaning of their action. The man who retires from public life, to think, but not to share his thoughts-the man who chooses to spend his years in the obscurity of menial employment, keeping to himself the fire of his mind, never giving it form, expression or reality, refusing to bring it into a world he despises-the man who is defeated by revulsion, the man who renounces before he has started, the man who gives up rather than give in, the man who functions at a fraction of his capacity, disarmed by his longing for an ideal he has not found-they are on strike, on strike against unreason, on strike against your world and your values.
Withdraw your sanction. Withdraw your support.

2 comments:

Historiann said...

Thanks for the Link, Stephen! Yes indeed: it can always get worse. (That's the lesson I take away from the George W. Bush years, anyway.)

Stephen Karlson said...

It did get worse. That hopey-changey stuff has not impressed me.

I'm old enough to remember Lyndon Johnson giving way to Richard Nixon to Gerald Ford to Jimmy Carter. In those days the foreign policy challenges were Communists as well as jihadis.

But even then, there were signs of rot in higher education. I may still have an article from The Progressive in 1975 about the emerging disaster in Ph.D. hiring.