Why I quit my job...

joseph's picture

Well, I didn't quit my job, but Kai Nagata from CTV news recently did, and his story about the state of Canada's private and public media that precipitated a major life change for him is really worth reading:

http://kainagata.com/2011/07/08/why-i-quit-my-job/

I think many of the Kai's observations have direct analogies in the higher-education "business" in which I work.  Over the last 10 years, I've watched educational objectives being slowly eroded and replaced by a similar race for the bottom "bums-in-seats" ideology.  Fortunately, at my institution at least, instructors (well, departments) retain nearly complete autonomy over both curriculum and pedagogy.  But at the institutional level, many, perhaps most, decisions appear to be driven by purely economic or prestige concerns rather than providing the best possible education to the widest possible audience.

I'm not quite ready to quit just yet, but I don't much like the direction we are headed.

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