We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This reminds me of that expression "famous for being famous" used to describe Paris Hilton and others. So many POC who cannot do the job that they are being hired or considered for, are considered qualified by being POC. But if the job is important, and I'm not sure professor of Latinix studies is, what is the effect on society? If your doctor is a doctor only because they are a minority and it was their turn to get promoted into their level of incompetence, where is your welfare being taken into consideration? What then does a intelligent observer do in this kind of environment?
We go wrong in expecting that colleges, perhaps even especially elite colleges, are still largely what they were in 1980 and before. The prevailing model now is that the student is a customer. Plenty of professors continue to love their subjects and want to teach them as well as possible, subjecting themselves to the contortions required by administrators as just part of the job. Yet each year the balance changes a bit further: more administrators, with more power; colleges operating in a declining market and competing for customers.
I went through a local Catholic college of good reputation this week. They are building a new "Welcome Center." I cannot imagine how this furthers their educational mission and likely draws funds away from that. Yet this is the sort of expansionist nature that impresses students coming on board and alumni looking to help. They must do this.
There should be no shock when we see distressing tales of how colleges are following modern fashions rather than established learning. We think they will prosper if they stop doing this, as they will appeal to that core of students who really want to learn. Doubtful. Even the best 17 year-olds are deeply influenced by the popular culture around them, or at least a subset of that.
Outrage is fine. But we should have gotten past surprise a good while ago.
Assistant Village Idiot
I had lots of privilege! Living in a small northeastern Pennsylvania ethnic community, I and my siblings were all able to graduate from college! Also, we all have advanced degrees! Further, dad achieved his maximum earning level in 1975, his being unionized awarded him the magnificent compensation of $13,600, which was less , by $200, of the estimated cost of my first year of dental school, coming up. So I worked, borrowed, studied, and worried. That was my privilege.
The institutions have done it to themselves, in spades. As soon as they deviated from awarding achievements to worthy people on the basis of subject merit, and started letting other user-defined criteria establish the basis of prestige and title, all was lost. Now they keep digging, with no tether to the objective standards. Mal-awarded professionals are now in authority, bestowing more mal-awards. Things will get worse before they get better: Expect more 737 MAX type stories of institutionalized professional incompetence. Right now people have properly concluded this kind of thing is nonsense, and while they are mad, they are just getting outraged vocally. But hot air never changed anything except maybe a balloon's altitude, and then only temporarily.