Final Grades — The Worst Part of Being a Professor

Education is good, bad, and ugly; this is the ugly part

Douglas Giles, PhD
Original Philosophy

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I have read tales of how higher education used to be, at least in some places. Students would meet in small groups with their professors. In each class session, the professor would present ideas to the students, and they would all discuss the ideas. At the end of the semester, the students would present their research and would pass or be told to retake the seminar.

This is an idealized vision of education, of course, and perhaps a luxury of class privilege. But as much as it ever existed, it has been replaced by corporate models of the mass production of education. Students are shoved through the system, raw materials from which money is to be extracted while they are processed as a product to be disgorged.

The System

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Douglas Giles, PhD
Original Philosophy

Philosopher by trade & temperament, professor for 21 years, bringing philosophy out of its ivory tower and into everyday life. https://linktr.ee/dgilesphd