Tuesday, May 3, 2011
In The Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic, by Professor X
FANTASTIC nonfiction. Professor X is an adjunct English instructor at a state university and at a community college, and his take on the problems in academia was thoughtful, born of experience, and heart rending.
From students who are inadequately prepared for college level work to students who are forced to earn a 2 year degree to move up in fields that traditionally didn't require an associate's degree, X sees the problems (and opportunities) of the changing face of college students, and clearly outlines the challenges facing students and instructors.
Fascinating and wonderfully written, though provoking, and timely.