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From: R. G. Coyne (e-mail him)
I just read your "Beyond Taco Night" piece on VDARE. Good points all the way around.
I taught for at least four years at
community college level in the
I would be a professor right
now—engaging students with my skills as a speaker—were
it not for this occupational hell hole. You may find me
today selling books at a book table on the streets of
My supervisor in the developmental English program at Union County College (which is just a community college that has gained authorization to call itself a college) was fully on board in pushing the undereducated through without merit.
I assume these professors make over $100k per year. These tenured educators are the most conservative people in our society—their job is to protect their own employment. They do not actually work, either: they teach as little as possible, perhaps two courses per semester. Committee and chairmanships allow them to avoid teaching.
This is the risk: in the end supervisors and sub-supervisors will dominate at institutions, such as hospitals, who cannot write demerit complaints on problematic new hires. The result is that incompetent employees never get fired. It takes typically six write-ups to bring a person to the table. In time there will be a bunch of non-comps, fully arrogant and swaggering about the hallways answering their cell phones when other duty requires their presence.
Coyne sells antiquarian books in