reply to post by xEphon
The cloistered life of academicians would be acceptable, even admirable if it weren't for the fact that so many of these smug self congratulatory
college professors not only use their free time to engage in political activism all too often pushing Marxist's agenda, they indoctrinate their
students with this ideology. This particularly smug self congratulatory college professor speaks in such sweeping generalizations without even a hint
of willingness to accept responsibility for his own actions and the far reaching consequences of them.
In 2009 CNN Money
did a feature on the top 50 jobs in America,
listing the college professor as no 3! Interestingly, John William Pope Center for Higher
recently featured an op/ed piece speaking to the declining teaching load of college professor's. College professors today are
teaching less, while getting paid more, than they were well over a decade ago. In fairness, this op/ed piece does acknowledge that the two studies
cited come with discrepancies, as in one year both "for-credit" and "not for-credit" classes were counted, and other years only "for-credit"
classes counted, but even with these discrepancies, that professors are teaching less classes per semester is clear, and the discrepancy suggests that
the decline may be worse than the studies suggest.
Far worse than this, however, is that smug self congratulatory professor's belief that his students are having "their dreams stolen from them".
It is fairly clear at this point that the entire public, and to a large degree private educational institutions, have been designed to prepare young
people for a corporate world. While Marxist dogma no doubt gets high praise from many left leaning professors, and most
it is undoubtedly corporatism that is the paradigm by which professors "prepare" their students for.
Is corporatism and a place in it the dreams that are being stolen from this college professor's students in his dreams? Is corporatism the American
Dream? Surely this was not always the American Dream, to go to school (usually by taking out an enormous loan) work hard for low to pay (while paying
off that enormous loan) so that one can rise up the corporate ladder so that they can pay off their enormous school loans and exchange that debt for
the enormous debt of a home, and car. Is this the American Dream? To work for the man for the privilege of living a life spent in constant debt,
desperately fearful of losing this job and loosing everything that debt has afforded?
There was a time when the American Dream was not to work for the man, but be the man, and "Robber Barons" were known as "Captains of Industry" and
Hercules "exploits" were as commonly known as his "labors". Indeed, the "twelve labors of Hercules" were still Hercules exploiting situations
in order to come out victorious, thus, the twelve labors were a subset of Hercules exploits. But today, exploit is pejorative we use to describe
"Robber Barons" and "Fat Cat Businessmen" and myths are those things we commonly call lies. How did this dramatic change in social and cultural
consciousness happen? College professors must accept responsibility for this, at the very least, to some degree.
This college professor not only refuses to accept any responsibility for his actions in today's woefully precarious economy and cultural malaise, he
expects us all to believe that everyone he knows who has suffered for this cultural malaise have done so "through no fault of their own". In terms
of actually solving problems, blame is always irrelevant, and one would hope that academicians understand this not only on an intellectual level, but
on a basic fundamental level. Yet, surely this smug self congratulatory college professor seems to either willfully ignore this point, or just
doesn't get it.
The corruption and unbelievably unethical practices of most colleges these days is beyond shameful and matches some of the most heinous actions of
corporate malfeasance, and why not? Colleges and universities across the nation have long been in collusion with the corporatist agenda, and have
sold their own souls to deliver the devil the souls of others so they can "own (their) house free and clear, have decent health care, decent
health...and a wonderful life"