Teaching was the perfect choice for me among a number of intriguing career alternatives. Now retired I miss my students and colleagues — at my age too many of the latter are no longer with us. However, I am infinitely glad that I am spared the battles being waged in our colleges and universities that are destroying the hopes for our continuing educating Americans.
Too many of our institutions are being run by overpaid ‘CEO’s’ who are destroying teaching as a viable career by exploiting talented prospective scholars as ‘adjuncts’. We had a few when I started teaching who had not completed Ph.D.s. Now the bulk of teaching is being done by highly qualified part-timers with Ph.D.s and no monies to pay off debts, have families, do scholarship. I am on an adjuncts list and a third of my daily mail details the horrors. I was a legal philosopher and some of my best students went into college teaching with others to a variety of other professions. Toward the end of my tour I watched my students being forced from teaching to these other professions. A Columbia philosophy grad student would transfer to the law school after watching for a year those desperately trying to launch a teaching career.
I fully anticipate that we shall be importing key professionals and academics from those nations that are doing things right from here on unless we see some drastic changes.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
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