College Teachers Go To Work

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

But not until the school year is over. “Hauling rocks,” Caprice Lawless writes on the academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). “Nailing fence posts.”

“Painting walls. Babysitting. Folding sweaters. Making photocopies. Cleaning horse stalls. Laying sod. Pouring coffee. Packaging candies. Watering plants. Driving UPS vans. Delivering pizzas. Delivering flowers. This is just a short list of what many of America’s 768,000 college teachers will be doing this summer to try to make ends meet.”

It never seems to occur to her that it is also a short list of what Americans have to do to pay for college. The question she leaves unanswered is what they get in return.