Samir Sonti, explained the evolution of the corporate sectors view of public education, why eduction shouldn’t be about human capital, the origins of student debt, the enduring lessons of the GI Bill, why free education would boost the economy as a whole, why unions have been essential to all progressive struggles since the dawn of industrial capitalism and the vital importance of teachers unions.
“We could make college free for everyone for about 4% of the federal budget, which is about 1/4 of what we already spend on defense.” -Samir Sonti
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A Relevant Book Excerpt
Think of the American colleges and universities as bound by a caste system, with different status grades assigned to the approximately 900,000 men and women the Department of Labor counts as full-time faculty. (Part-timers come and go, often teaching a single course, sometimes on several campuses, so it’s impossible to pinpoint their exact numbers.) The top caste consists of some 320,000 associate and full professors, most of whom have tenure or will soon receive that award…Below them, there are about 170,000 assistant professors, most of them on the “tenure track”…Usually, those already on that track ultimately receive that promotion since they were carefully vetted and the people who hired them don’t want it felt that their department made a mistake.
Most of the other full-time faculty, the third tier in the caste system, are instructors and lecturers who aren’t in line for promotion and who handle introductory sections at modest salaries and some benefits. (A number are faculty spouses unable to find other employment.) This tier also contains visiting instructors, who usually come for a year to replace professors on sabbaticals. The fourth and fifth castes are made up of part-time adjuncts and graduate assistants. They are the contingent people of the campus—exploitable, disposable, impoverished by low wages. They do the bulk of the undergraduate teaching at many universities. Read More»
Excerpt Source: Hacker, Andrew; Dreifus, Claudia (2010-08-03). Higher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids—and What We Can Do About It (Kindle Locations 230-235). Macmillan. Kindle Edition.