Saturday, April 13, 2013

The joy of Academe

I was never a university lecturer, much less a professor, but I do have two higher degrees in Education -- MEd and PhD. I even wrote a book about higher education: The Goals of Universities. I think I did once find a scanned copy of that book somewhere on the net, but a quick Google doesn't make it obvious. And it's out of print.

Anyway, point is, I have more than a passing interest in the state of the university. So I cannot let this article about the plight of the would-be professor (in America) go unremarked: Academia's indentured servants.

And you'll get a bit of a surprise when you find out where it's published.

Much of what the author says is as relevant to the position of writers as it is to would-be academics. And of course the two worlds interact in the shape of creative-writing courses.

Well, I've had my say on those sorts of thing, and the people who teach on them or pay the fees. I can think of much better ways to spend one's time and money.

PS Thanks to Books Inq for the link.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I keep coming looking for new posts. Have you by any chance been writing a blog elsewhere? I am now in touch with one whose author has much of your style — well written prose with a thread of humour running through the posts.

James said...

In your experience with book publishing, have you come across a good textbook price comparison site like campusbooks.com or textbookfind.com?

Valencia said...

This is cool!