I made some changes to the links.
While, once upon a couple of weeks ago, I derived solace and pleasure from reading blogs within which suffering tenuristas and tenure-seekers bitched and moaned with great eloquence about just exactly how shitty their students are… now, I don’t. I just don’t.
As I’ve detailed in moan upon moan, over the past few months I’ve begun to see just how many things about academia make it a really shitty industry to work in. So, as soon as it quit me, I quit it. Take that! And then a great weight was lifted from my heart. (Sure, a heart that may soon be crushed by poverty – as chances must be taken…)
For clarity’s sake – I love teaching and I love teaching young adults, even the difficult ones – I just don’t like much about employment in academia.
For years, my wife loathed going out with my faculty friends because all we do is complain about students! Yeah, the kids, more than a fair quota of them are essentially worthless. They don’t want to be there and we don’t want them there. And so on… And we’ve all got one story about some slacker even more unbelievable than the last. Our need to vent is truly incredible.
It’s just that it’s so negative. Being a teacher, it makes me negative. I’ve long been cynical, true… But I was never so negative.
And now that I don’t think of myself as college faculty any more, all the complaining and insulting young people who honestly do demand to be insulted just looks so ridiculous. How many years can you continue to be astonished by the idiocy of kids who are more or less being forced into college before you begin to realize that your astonishment may be a symptom of your own refusal to acknowledge exactly what your job is and learn how to perform that job well (as opposed to obstinately doing the job you wish your job was)?
So, I removed links to these sites:
I’m listing them here so all of you who are still in need of such comiseration may find it.
Update: back by popular demand:
As a commenter pointed out, the Cranky Prof doesn’t really complain about her students so much as she just embraces her crankiness. I think I let myself sweep up her blog with the house cleaning due only to the most recent post (now the second), rather than bothering to remember what I’ve seen when reading all the other ones. A month out of academia and my rigor is already slipping…
I’ve kept a couple of other teaching-related links because I think they offer some insight or human perspective, etc.
Then, I added these:
They’re by people who teach or counsel. They’re a mix of insight, humanity, and poetry. No complaining just to complain.
I feel like I’m coming out of detox. Ah, fresh air…