Today’s “Let ‘Em Eat Cake Award”
This little gem, titled “If I Were an Adjunct…” by an Administrator known simply as “Yuri from Youngstown” offers up a simple solution to the adjunct problem–just quit. Right. I hadn’t thought of that. Now if I can just tell the bank that holds my car loan and mortgage company that this is the reason I have no income, surely they won’t let me default on my loans. After all, I’m just standing up for what’s right!
Read Yuri, and the comments that follow…
In case you missed the link above:
Still not realizing how much I suck yet.
A “good” adjunct
Quitting has got to be one of the hardest things to do, especially when you have dedicated years of study and have a calling to teach, but more so when you have no pillows to cushion you between transitions. I think about quitting all the time, and I run into the fact that I will never be able to be the professor that I was meant to be. Of course, under the current state of affairs, I can’t be the professor I could be. Worst, I will not have the positive effect of shaping students and future citizens critical thinking and awareness, something I do enjoy limitedly under adjunct disfranchisement.
I am looking to quit, but I fear that I will never return to the profession that I love. My children will have a father who is an educated intellectual unable to use his gifts in the profession the gifts are best suited for. Perhaps I should quit as Yuri says, so at least my children will see the silly contradiction we call higher education, the contradiction of diminished quality and rising costs, the contradiction of turning students into consumers and marketing them into debt.
I’d rather fight!