At Cold Spring Shops, the work of the professor is in saying No and enforcing standards.  Now comes the dean at Pioneer Valley Community, reflecting on the end of what we used to understand as the middle class. "We still want a middle class.  We’ve just forgotten that we have to work for it."  Yes, and it is going to be harder if faculty efforts to help students signal their middle-class readiness become microaggressions that oppress by proofreading.  Yes, higher education beclowns itself again.

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