I’m so very grateful that I got “fired” when I did, as a newly-minted Ph.D. after only one year teaching at an experimental college in California — for being “too experimental.”! That was back in 1973, before the insidious corporatization of the university had become so damn obvious. After the initial shock wore off, after I got over feeling “ashamed,” I gradually digested the experience, and now recognize it as the moment when I stripped off the old conditioning and stepped into a brand new life. My life, my work, according to my own rules, following my own passion.
In the following post, the author talks “resistance,” much the same way Chris Hedges does about the corporate takeover of our Republic. Perhaps, however, we need to learn to think beyond “resistance,” and to ask ourselves, how are teaching and learning actually happening in today’s world? Clearly, given the internet, learning and teaching are just one screen away. So are networking opportunities to “learn on the job” via internships, becoming a Woofer, etc. Given the punishing costs of a university “education” (I put the word in quotes, because I don’t believe that’s what goes on there anymore. Training, conditioning, and mind-controlling, maybe, but not really education, from “educare” which etymologically means to draw out from within, not to put in from outside.)
What It Means to Be a “Slow Professor”