Quote of the day (maybe the year).

22 09 2010

From Michael Roth’s review of Mark C. Taylor’s Crisis on Campus:

Tenure might not be a great system for producing innovators, but the pressure of losing one’s job might create an even stronger spirit of conformism than already infects many campuses. Calling for tenure’s abolition will surely get attention (again), but it would have been helpful to think through the consequences of giving universities the same “flexibility” with their workforce that Walmart has.

Roth, by the way, is President of Wesleyan. The fact that it can get support from enlightened administrators is just more evidence that tenure is good for universities as whole, and not the cause of the current alleged “crisis.”




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