11/22/07

Where has the New York Times Been on the Tenure Track Story?


The NYT is informing us about the skewed balance between adjunct and tenure track professors.

Here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/20/education/20adjunct.html?pagewanted=print

Wow. Thanks for the news flash.

There were two favorite moments in this article:

"Three decades ago, adjuncts — both part-timers and full-timers not on a tenure track — represented only 43 percent of professors, according to the professors association, which has studied data reported to the federal Education Department."


ONLY 43%? Does 43% seem like a low number to anyone? Alan Finder seems a bit out of his depth.

Other great moment:

"Tenure, a practice carried from Germany to the United States, was designed to guarantee academic freedom to professors by protecting them against dismissal. Some argue that it also protects incompetent or lazy teachers and sometimes leaves universities saddled with professors in disciplines that have lost currency."

Ah, the "some argue" technique for fake balance. "Some argue global warming is just a communist conspiracy." Again, where's the real balance?

The Times is so late to the party on this story, one wonders what they were doing in the three decades since the 43% was figure du jour.

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