Critics of Academic Hiring Practices Are Not Merely Pining for a Lost Past

Here is a most astute assessment of the current academic labor discourse:

Critics of Academic Hiring Practices Are Not Merely Pining for a Lost Past

Thanks to Werner Herzog’s Bear for this astute post which reveals the weak logic Tenured Radical relies on to “police” the tone of the discourse about academic labor. I agree completely with him that the hiring system is outdated. At most college campuses, the adjunct who teach the majority of the classes are already doing the job for which they justifiably could be hired full-time. Although any solution to the broken academic labor system would of course require political action, in concept, the solution is simple: let’s just hire adjuncts who are already working at the campus, in a system that resembles K12 hiring practices. What would be wrong with that? Why would that be so hard to sell to politicians?

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