Returning to optimism

Bryan Alexander has written regularly about about Peak Higher Education and drastic cuts as “Queen Sacrifices.” Futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education, Bryan completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry and taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana.

Bryan Alexander

This week I received two doses of idealism, which made me realize I’d sunk into something like pessimism of late.  As a result I’m more optimistic about the future, despite everything.

The first jolt came from a tv interviewer, who was asking me to imagine the world of teaching and learning twenty years from now.  Boston came up in this discussion, accidentally, as we first spoke by cell phones as I drove to and from that city, and then when the tv channel’s film crew traveled to my house along the exact same route.

After I laid out a grim vision of the powerful forces keeping education from changing (you know the drill: economics, professional development, public and private bureaucracies, etc), the interviewer gently, very gently asked me to be idealistic.  Don’t be handicapped by what you think is most likely to occur, she said (and I paraphrase), but say more about…

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The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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