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Do the tenured want to get rid of the adjuncts?

March 17, 2009
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I joined the debate about how to deal with composition courses on Inside Higher Ed, and it wasn’t a pretty debate.  Here is my posting in regards to getting rid of adjuncts by doing away with an entry level English course:

  • Standards don’t matter
  • Posted by BrokeHarvardGrad on March 17, 2009 at 9:00am EDT
  • If you are so concerned with standards, you might actually look at admission policies or high school standards, because no college or university can make up for poor schools all the way through life. The thing is though, I think the students deserve a chance to try at these courses, and fail if they must. I was with the guy above stating that they should get away from an English writing course, because there are no entry level math or science courses. That has nothing to do with getting rid of adjuncts, as though they were a pestilence. Listen, Buddy, I was an adjunct handling all the stuff the full-time tenured profs had no ability to handle because of class sizes. that is set at the admin level, and there’s no indication that one teacher is better than another without analysis for which universities are unprepared. It’s naive to talk about standards when you only want the gifted in your classes or in your work arenas, whatever. The gifted have their issues too, because there is NO SUCH THING as the perfect student, not to mention the perfect teacher. And hey, Business Dude, don’t even get me started on the trials and tribulations associated with the quality of people in business today. You don’t stand a chance of having any sort of credibility there.
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