Some professors are this cynical and arrogant.

I don’t think many are; but there are enough out there to have inspired the satire.

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4 Responses to “There are some reasonably plausible things in this satire.”

  1. Alan Allport Says:

    Much as I’m sure we can all chuckle and perhaps sympathize with this sort of thing, the point at which you begin to despise your students is the point at which you need to quit teaching.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Alan: I agree.

  3. Timothy Burke Says:

    That piece is, in many ways, as much about the students and their “co-complicity” in the cynicism. The more that education is just seen as an arbitrary set of obstacles put between a young aspirant and a credential, the more that this kind of teacher-student relation is less a satire and more a description.

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Timothy: Absolutely. But professors have far more power than students to set the classroom stage.

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