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Saturday, January 14, 2006


Michelle Bush

Ironically, I tell my students that if they put as much effort into their studies as they do in deriding their instructor, they may become scholars some day. However, I'm amazed by the number of students in college who "hate to read." I'm even more dumbfounded by those who "hate to read" and take online courses.

If I had a dollar for everytime a student says, "nobody told me that," I could retire a wealthy woman. My comment is, "if instructors could 'tell' you all you need to know to be successful in college, there would be no need for text books." What the heck, their not going to read them anyway.


After 30 years of teaching at the high school and college levels, I have decided to end my unwitting support of a hoax. The primary propellant of our institutions of higher learning is GREED. A huge number of students gain entry because of the almighty dollar. Our education sector has sold its soul for the gold of mammon.What sector of society has not done the same?

At the age of ten, I rode my bike two miles to the library so that I might contemplate the golden thoughts offered to me by the books I could borrow. Many years later, I feel betrayed. I have tried, often alone, to hold the line and encourage critical thinking. Now, I have decided that I am not enough of a masochist to continue teaching as an adjunct. My pension is sufficient for my needs. I can no longer torture myself by reading the writing of students that are barely literate. The greed machine wil continue and the humanities will lose their humanity as students remain willing participants in the greed machine called education. Critical thinking is, afterall, not FUN AND EASY!

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