Yes, I realise now I should have bookmarked it!
September 4, 2006 5:01 PM Subscribe
It's a myth that the primary purpose of higher education institutions is to teach. I read this in an essay online around the beginning of 2005 and would like to find it again.
posted by Pigpen to education (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've googled for hours using various combinations of college | higher education | university | myth | commonly held belief | misconception | teaching | staff | jobs | systems, etc., but no joy...
The author was essentially using systems thinking to argue that the primary purpose of higher education is 1) to make sure that staff keep their cushy jobs with three months of holiday a year, with no increase in workload, and 2) to increase the number of staff.
I remember the author as definitely male, probably American, and--despite the "slack" education system he suffered through--highly literate.
Does anyone else know of this article? Can you share the URL please? Fingers crossed...