If I had any energy left in my after my rather exhausting job, I would lift my arm just high enough to take a swing at the eye of the author of this faux-respectful WaPo op-ed piece, who concludes that not only do we not work hard, we don’t even work full-time:
But we all should object when they receive these salaries for working less than half the time of their non-academic peers.
Now, professors have heard this saw before, and although it makes me want to give up all my efforts every time I hear it, this time it’s written by a former chancellor of the New School. So, what the expletive?! How does someone preside over a university without ever learning that the professors work? In my anger, at least I’ve got company from this rather excellent response on the ginandtacos blog:
The best part about being a professor in this country [USA] – I can’t speak for any other – is that no one really understands what we do but everyone knows that we’re doing it wrong.
I highly recommend reading both, the op-ed so that academics know the details of the cultural conversation about just how lazy, how very, very lazy we are, and the ginandtacos rant responding to it so that you don’t feel quick so heartsick. But I do. I feel heartsick. Or at least, post-burrito sick.
Thanks to Barrett Emerick for the link to the rant, I guess (although the op-ed really isn’t sitting well after my burrito, Barrett).