There's a hot new book making the rounds in the academic world: Presumed Incompetent. The book addresses the predicament that women of color high up in the ivory tower find themselves in -- a predicament few of us really know.
One of the enduring myths propagated by the so-called reformers is that there are thousands of bad teachers in this country who can't be fired because they have been given tenure and their jobs are being protected at the expense of brilliant young teachers who could have saved education.
While public universities are non-profit institutions, they are increasingly exhibiting corporate behavior, from highly paid presidents to superfluous administrators, to replacing tenured faculty with poorly paid part-time teachers.
Let's base 100 percent of teacher pay on the results of standardized tests. But if we are to have true educational reform, a concept that seems to be lost when used by those who claim that mantle, I want the following conditions:
College professors are yet again being flayed in the media. This time, an opinion piece in the Washington Post follows a well-worn path, complaining that professors are vastly overpaid. Let me demonstrate why this is dangerously out of touch.
In his recently published screed, Benjamin Ginsberg paints a disturbing picture of American higher education. Ginsberg's chief accusation is that while universities were once "heavily influenced, if not completely driven," by faculty perspectives, they are now largely controlled by administrators.