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October 13, 2002

Truth in Advertising redux


My posting on “Truth in Advertising” received a response from one of the University of California lecturers who was quoted in the story. I thought it deserved a little more prominence than our blog format allows for comments:

Dear Blowhards:

I fear I must agree that, if the university had to adhere to a code of truth in advertising, the statement would have to read much as you have written it. When I hear administrators talking of students as so much "through-put" I have to wonder what has happened to education (as "educare" the leading forth of the individual).

But I must distance myself from the adjunct who describes his or her teaching as mindless. I have not spent much of my "free" time over the past 3.5 years writing a book on how to teach writing because because I think my work is mindless. I have put in the time because I think the opposite. Teaching at the university level can be a very meaningful activity. I say this in spite of the fact that my working situation is horrible and in spite of the fact that the administrators of the university do not apparently share my views. I say it because I believe in education and am very sad that today's students are not being educated.

Nick Tingle

Do you suppose it means anything in particular that the Left criticizes academia on the grounds of racism, sexism, class warfare, etc., but emphatically not on the fact that it does its job so poorly? I could imagine a leftist sympathizing with Mr. Tingle’s working conditions, but not with his frustration with how poorly college students are educated.

Speaking of which, are you aware of any aspect of human life where Leftist thought focuses on issues of execution, efficiency or methodology rather than issues of morality; on how rather than ought?

Uh, oh, I better watch out…I’m starting to think like…like…like that right-wing bastard, Oakeshott! Prepare for leftist spitballs (incoming.)

Cheers (while donning emergency gear)


posted by Friedrich at October 13, 2002


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