by Chuck Rybak/@chuckrybak
The three or four readers who visit this blog know how frustrated I am with how we talk about education in America, specifically higher education. This is not a unique feeling—get in line, right? My boilerplate take is that voices who consistently miss the big picture overwhelm those who understand that our most significant problems begin and end in state legislatures and on Capitol Hill.
Still, maybe I just don’t understand the fetishizing of whether or not someone “loves” what they do. Maybe I don’t understand the relentless codes of conduct issued to academics who are essentially powerless in the academy in the area that matters most: budgets. Maybe I don’t understand the purpose of adopting the anti-labor strategies of right-wing/neoliberal coalitions that pit powerless populations against each other for the sake of redistributing the mere crumbs from the crust of a pie. Maybe it’s easier to refer to the people who are “complicit” instead of addressing the larger political, economic, and ideological forces at work, even when these forces largely work without even the pretense of disguise.