Here’s what in journalism would be called a “dog-bites-man” story: a study has found that somewhere, some long-term employees may not be pulling their weight. If this study were in any line of work but academia, it might not even be reported upon. But because it’s about tenured faculty, the story line gets taken that… More Survey says… tenured faculty are long-term employees (who knew?)
In the New York Times, University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Adam Grant has proposed “A Solution for Bad Teaching.” It’s yet another intriguing, provocative blaming of tenure for poor teaching. It’s also a prime example of having something outlandish to say (which the Times loves) but not actually saying anything important, or for that matter,… More Solution for… bad op-eds in the N.Y. Times?