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The Woke University’s Servant Class

The Woke University’s Servant Class


America’s higher education institutions preach social justice while running on the exploitation of adjunct workers

Though there were many aspects of teaching college students that I loved, I quit when I realized that for all the work I was doing at a top tier university, I was making less than $10 an hour. My situation was not unique. I was one of the tens of thousands of adjunct faculty members whose underpaid labor fuels the modern university system, which has sacrificed the principle of educating students for the sake of maximizing profits and protecting administrative jobs. Debates about American colleges typically center on culture war battles over woke versus anti-woke curriculums. But if you want to understand how the university system got to be so broken you have to look at the underlying infrastructure of higher education. The best place to start is with the adjunct system.

When we think of exploited workers, our thoughts normally turn to fast-food employees, agricultural migrants, or day-laborers in the construction or landscaping industries. But one of the largest groups of exploited workers—a group we’ll define for these purposes as those who earn less than 30% of the salary of the prevailing wage for similar work—are college instructors. So-called “adjunct faculty” now account for more than 70% of all college and university faculty members but, despite their title, they are not treated as faculty in any protected, technical, or professional sense. They are adjunct because they are easily replaceable cogs in the academic machine. There’s even an obscure new name for these exploited knowledge workers, in keeping with the fashion of attaching obscure labels to familiar things: “contingent faculty.” At least the label is accurate. For adjuncts, who have sold their career, future hopes of promotions, and many of their rights as employees for wages that qualify some instructors for public assistance, their entire existence is “contingent” on the whims of university leaders and administrators. And while the system itself is inherently unfair, the adjuncts are not its only victims. The entire university experience, more expensive than ever for students, has been compromised and hollowed out by this short-sighted arrangement.

The rise of the “contingent class” is a relatively new phenomenon. Adjunct professors in the 1970s used to be a small subset of the teaching population. Most professors were either full-time or on a tenure track. Between 1980 and 2020, the same period when the hiring of adjuncts exploded, the average price of tuition, fees, and room and board for an undergraduate degree increased 169%, according to a recent report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

This economic model has created two distinctive classes of instructors in higher education. In the windowed offices are those tenured or tenure-track professors who are achieving six-figure salary status. These only represent something like a quarter of the total faculty at present. Wandering the halls, meanwhile, are the vast majority of adjunct faculty members, some three-quarters of all instructors, who are paid piecemeal, and lack job security and full employee protections.

For the past six years, I worked as a member of this “contingent faculty” (teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses). Teaching at this level typically requires a master’s degree or a Ph.D. to teach, and my credentials come from America’s best universities: Harvard, the Wharton School of Business, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others. In addition, I had experience as a corporate CEO and CIO.

Most adjuncts are naturally afraid to speak out against unfair pay for fear of retribution. They have no rights, and quickly learn to swallow any objections. At one prestigious university where I taught an evening graduate course, while there were thousands of unused parking spaces I could not even get a parking pass.

During the pandemic, this same university chose not to send its foreign students to their native homes during the two-year period of the COVID pandemic. The reason: The F2F tuition the school was charging the students (and this school was in the top 100 in Forbes magazine for their graduate school) was three times the in-state or U.S. citizen tuition. Sending foreign students home would eliminate a very lucrative revenue source.

Additionally, such foreign nationals were required, according to the school’s pandemic-era policies, to attend at least three classes in-person each semester to maintain matriculation status and keep their student visas. That meant that there needed to be instructors on campus to teach these classes, but of course the full-time faculty could not be forced to endanger themselves by breaking COVID lockdown rules. So it was left to adjuncts like myself, who did not receive any medical insurance from the school, to drive to campus to hold in-person classes for these high-revenue students.

Despite teaching as many as eight courses in one term, I was never offered any of the benefits that are customarily associated with a full-time academic salary in America. Some schools have elected to restrict the hours adjunct faculty are allowed to work in order to avoid the Affordable Care Act requirement that would otherwise require them to provide health insurance to their employees. According to AdjunctNation, more than 200 schools set limits on adjunct working hours. Adjuncts typically earn between $20,000 and $25,000 annually, while the average salary for full-time instructors is $84,300, according to the American Association of University Professors.

Some adjuncts cobble together a full-time teaching schedule by offering classes at more than one university—as many as three or four. However, professors who “moonlight” at multiple colleges rarely earn the same salary or benefits as full-time instructors.

Adjunct or not, the work expectations for college professors haven’t changed: Teach classes, maintain office hours, engage with students, write recommendations for jobs or graduate schools, grade papers, and participate in campus events. There is no payment to the teacher for course development, upgrading, or any of the other built-in work that goes into teaching. The course requirements on the school’s website mandate office hours (even digital ones), meeting options, and the number of hours that faculty have to respond to a student email. This is not only the same work for less money, it often has to be performed under tighter deadlines: A paper from the Center for the Future of Higher Education notes that contingent faculty have less time than full-time professors to prepare for courses.

The result of universities paying on the cheap is, predictably enough, an overall cheapening of the educational experience. According to Adrianna Kezar, head of the University of Southern California’s Delphi Project, “institutions that have large numbers of adjuncts or students that take lots of classes with adjuncts have lower graduation rates.”

Last year, I taught at two schools, a prestigious university and an average state college, for a total of 10 courses. Most academics would consider that a fairly full load for two semesters and a shorter summer term. My pay? $32,447.00 for the entire year. The more I considered all of the ancillary activities required of me, my pay rate on an hourly basis sunk under $10 per hour. After the W-2 forms came, I could calculate more accurately—and the answers were far more painful. I was making $1.77 per hour of work. Not since my days as a newspaper carrier did I earn so little. This same university, mind you, has a fully staffed and well-paid Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), with those salaries starting at $87,000 per year. Senior management salaries, meanwhile, are well over $150,000 per year. While many of these administrators and faculty members advocate for social and economic justice causes, it appears this doesn’t include advocating for paying their adjunct teachers a living wage.

In one sense, the  treatment of adjuncts serves the same purpose in universities as does the exploitation of labor in all businesses—it allows the owners and shareholders to maximize profits. But in the modern university system, there is another crucial factor that has undercut wages for “contingent” faculty: The rapacious growth of the administrative class at virtually every institution of higher learning. From 1987 until 2011/12—the most recent academic year for which comparable figures are available—universities and colleges collectively added 517,636 administrators and professional employees, or an average of 87 every working day, according to an analysis of federal figures done by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting in collaboration with the nonprofit, nonpartisan, social-science research group, the American Institutes for Research.

Colleges and universities have added these administrators and professional employees even as they’ve substantially shifted classroom teaching duties from full-time faculty to less-expensive part-time adjunct faculty and teaching assistants, the figures show. As Benjamin Ginsberg documented in The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters, between 1985 and 2005 administrative spending increased by 85%, while administrative support staff increased by a dramatic 240%.

Decades ago, the position of adjunct filled a temporary need in an uncertain scheduling system, an extra “hand” to pitch in and teach a freshman composition or biology class, and that seemed an ideal way of addressing staffing uncertainties. The system today has “matured” however, as the accountants have discovered that more administrators can be hired and more funds are available for nonacademic purposes. The system of tenured academic professionals engaged in a lifelong career of teaching and research is slowly being strangled by the actuarial table.

The sad truth is that this system, for all its inequities, profits by a seemingly unending supply of professionally educated knowledge workers somehow willing to put up with a substandard wage by either teaching part-time as a side hustle, or lowering their living standards. Until enough baby boomers die off, or competition for competent paid faculty rises, we may be facing this situation for quite some time.

But not for me. I decided to quit this subservient system and now earn a living wage that can pay my bills and not force me to go on public assistance. I am happier, more satisfied, and no longer tolerate an unfair system that sanctimoniously preaches “social justice” to its students while exploiting its essential workers.

The American university system is broken. The sooner that people wake up to this reality and realize that it is hurting students and faculty alike while profiting only the small group in the university’s ownership class, the better off for all of us.

Dick Bauer is a writer and teacher living in Colorado.

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Egyptian Attacker Was Most Likely Lone Wolf Jihadist, Israeli Sources Say

Egyptian Attacker Was Most Likely Lone Wolf Jihadist, Israeli Sources Say

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on as he convenes a weekly cabinet meeting amid surge of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank, at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem, January 29, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Pool

The Egyptian border policeman who shot dead three Israeli soldiers on Saturday during a cross-border infiltration was most likely a jihadist who acted alone, Israeli security sources told local media on Sunday.

The estimation is based on the preliminary findings of an ongoing probe into the deadly incident. According to an earlier report, the attacker carried a Koran and a knife, as well as the firearm.

Earlier Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded a full joint investigation with Cairo.

“Israel relayed a clear message to the Egyptian government. We expect that the joint investigation will be exhaustive and thorough,” Netanyahu told his cabinet in televised remarks about Saturday’s incident.

Israeli media have raised questions over the shootings, particularly on how the assailant — who has not been identified — managed to cross the high barrier running along the border. In recent years, there have been exchanges of fire between smugglers and Israeli soldiers stationed along the border.

The victims, Lia Ben Nun, Ohad Dahan and Ori Ilouz, were laid to rest on Sunday.

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Głupota i podłość w służbie walki o władzę

Głupota i podłość w służbie walki o władzę

Andrzej Koraszewski

Najnowszy skandal wywołany przez pisowskich propagandystów to próba przekonania, że marsz z okazji 4 czerwca powinien kojarzyć się z obozem śmierci w Auschwitz. Gensek (generalny sekretarz) Prawa i Sprawiedliwości, Krzysztof Sobolewski, zapewnia, że użycie archiwalnych zdjęć z Auschwitz było całkowicie zgodne z prawem. Być może prokurator miałby pewien problem z przedstawieniem aktu oskarżenia, trudno jednak o jakiekolwiek wątpliwości, że mamy do czynienia z całkowicie amoralnym zachowaniem, podyktowanym bezdenną głupotą i skrajną podłością.

02.06.2023Sklep pod nazwa „Hitler”, ten na zdjeciu jest akurat w Kairze, sklepy z ta nazwa znajdujemy w Turcji

Czy ten skandal może cokolwiek zmienić, czy znów mamy trochę medialnego szumu, który za kilka dni ucichnie, wypchnięty przez kolejne skandale?

Wiele lat temu Adam Michnik był w Londynie; podczas spotkania w Polskiej Sekcji BBC zapytałem go o fenomen skandali, które nie powodują wstrząsu, niczego nie zmieniają, stając się po prostu częścią codzienności.

Było to wkrótce po tym, jak w Sejmie grasowała panna Anastazja P., więc Michnik sądził, że pytam o skandale seksualne. Miałem na myśli znacznie poważniejsze skandale, które powinny społeczeństwem wstrząsnąć, ale znikały z radarów równie szybko, jak się na nich pojawiały.

Czy również ten skandal będzie za tydzień zapomniany jak wszystkie inne? Prawdopodobnie. Wiele wskazuje na to, że nasza wrażliwość moralna ma zadyszkę i nieustannie szukamy nowych podniet, szybko zapominając o powodach wczorajszego oburzenia moralnego. Prawda, podaż skandali mamy ogromną. Kryminalny występ posła Grzegorza Brauna, słownie i fizycznie atakującego mówcę i niszczącego sprzęt, prawdopodobnie nie zainteresował żadnego prokuratora i nie zauważyłem również żądania pozbawienia go immunitetu poselskiego, ani kar dyscyplinarnych za oczywiste wykroczenie przeciw etyce poselskiej.

Gdyby brunatny poseł Grzegorz Braun przypadkiem stanął przed sądem oskarżony o gangsterską napaść, zapewne tłumaczyłby wysokiemu sądowi, że występował w obronie polskiego honoru, chroniąc cześć i pamięć tych, którzy mordowali Żydów pod osłoną nazistowskiego okupanta.

Skandal ze zdjęciami z Auschwitz w propagandowym spocie pisowców nie jest bez związku z wyczynem brunatnego posła z Torunia. Światowe media na moment zatrzymały się na występach innego miłośnika tradycji, Rogera Watersa, który w Berlinie ściągnął tysięczne rzesze na orgię morderczego antysemityzmu w niemieckiej stolicy. Najwyraźniej w miarę upływu czasu słabnie odraza do nazistowskiej zarazy.

Amerykański dziennikarz Daniel Greenfield przypomniał właśnie swój tekst sprzed dwóch lat o współczesnych, wielokulturowych zwolennikach Adolfa Hitlera. Jest ich wielu i są rozsiani po całym globie. Korespondent szacownej amerykańskiej stacji telewizyjnej CNN Adeel Raja, bez cienia zażenowania pisał na Twitterze: „Dzisiejszy świat potrzebuje Hitlera”, dziennikarka BBC, specjalistka od spraw palestyńskich, Tala Halawa wywaliła całą tyradę z hashtagiem #HitlerMiałRację. Nie trudno było odkryć, że to hasło Hitler miał rację jest szczególnie popularne wśród tych, którzy są aktywni pod hashtagiem #FreePalestine. Jak pisze Greenfield, Hitler jest dziś chyba najbardziej modny w Pakistanie. (Irańscy władcy nie są za nimi daleko w tyle).      

Poseł do pakistańskiego parlamentu pisał: „Pamiętam powiedzenie Hitlera, który powiedział, że oszczędził kilku Żydów, aby świat wiedział, dlaczego ich zabił. Dziś mocno w to wierzę”.  Pakistańska aktorka, Veena Malik, zamieściła na Twitterze ten sam fałszywy cytat z Hitlera. „Zabiłbym wszystkich Żydów na świecie… ale zatrzymałem kilku, aby pokazać światu, dlaczego ich zabiłem”.

Pakistański minister pisał z dumą o swoim (byłym już) premierze, że Hitler należy do jego idoli dodając, że Imre Khan jest jak Hitler.   

Podobnie jest w Autonomii Palestyńskiej, gdzie rodzice chętnie nadają synom imię „Hitler”, a dorośli dodają je do swojego nazwiska.

Greenfield przypomina postać Dżamala Abu Rouba, przywódcę terrorystycznej Brygady Męczenników Al-Aksa, który przybrał przydomek „Hitler”, a jego zwolennicy krzyczeli: „Och, Hitlerze, przyniosłeś dumę ojczyźnie i Allahowi”.

W palestyńskich mediach pochwały Hitlera nie są rzadkością, a nazistowski salut nieustannie powraca na wiecach terrorystów.   

Wrzawa w mediach zmusiła CNN do rozstania się ze swoim korespondentem, będącym wielbicielem Adolfa Hitlera. A z BBC musiała się rozstać również Tala Halawa.  

W Ameryce sympatie dla Hitlera dają o sobie znać w szeregach czarnych nacjonalistów. Farrakhan, przywódca Narodu Islamu, powiedział, że Żydzi porównują go do Hitlera, „ale Hitler to dobre imię. Hitler był wielkim człowiekiem”.      

Były minister edukacji Meksyku, Vasconcelos, wylansował ruch La Raza Cosmica: nowej  rasy panów. Ten ruch – pisze Greenfield, zdobył wielu sympatyków w Stanach Zjednoczonych, gdzie znany jest pod nazwą Raza Unida.
Rasizm nie jest wymysłem białego człowieka i nie jest również wyłącznie na prawicy.

W 2010 roku tygodnik „Polityka” pisał o książce będącej analizą listów do Adolfa Hitlera. Na zbiór tych listów natrafił w moskiewskich archiwach niemiecki historyk Henrik Eberle.  

Jeden z tych dziesiątków tysięcy listów do wodza brzmiał tak:

Nie chcemy już, by rządził nami ktokolwiek inny. Chcemy tylko ADOLFA HITLERA jako wodza, jako człowieka rządzącego silną ręką, jako dyktatora. My, narodowi socjaliści chcemy zakazu wydawania wszystkich gazet, które pluły jadem na naszego Wodza, chcemy wydalenia z kraju wszystkich Żydów, usunięcia ze stanowisk wszystkich wójtów, którzy szykanowali mieszkańców wsi i podejmowali oburzająco niesprawiedliwe decyzje. Oddamy naszą krew za Adolfa Hitlera – ale proszę żelazną ręką rozprawić się z wszystkimi opornymi i po dyktatorsku wcielać w życie program naszej partii. Żadnych rozmów – tylko czyny! Ufamy naszemu Wodzowi i ofiarujemy mu każde uderzenie naszych serc! Ratuj nas, Wodzu, przed zniewoleniem przez wewnętrznego wroga! Heil Hitler!

Czytam ten list sprzed bez mała stu lat i wracam myślami do naszych skandali. Niektórym znów się podoba narodowy socjalizm, czasem sygnalizują to dyskretnie, czasem niemal całkiem otwarcie. Ciekawe zjawisko, bo ci sami ludzie, którzy otwarcie lub dyskretnie wchodzą w stare koleiny lubią insynuować związki z nazizmem swoim wrogom.     

Andrzej Koraszewski – Publicysta i pisarz ekonomiczno-społeczny.  Ur. 26 marca 1940 w Szymbarku, były dziennikarz BBC, wiceszef polskiej sekcji BBC, i publicysta paryskiej „Kultury”. Więcej w Wikipedii. Facebook

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Mysterious contents of sealed Egyptian coffins revealed after 2,000 years

Mysterious contents of sealed Egyptian coffins revealed after 2,000 years


A team of scientists used modern non-invasive techniques to take a peek into ancient boxes that are still unopened all these years later.

Animal coffin EA36167, surmounted by a lizard figure. Neutron imaging shows a lizard skull (inset). /  (photo credit: The Trustees of the British Museum and O’Flynn et al.)

A team of scientists has examined a number of mysterious sealed boxes dating back to Egpyt’s Late and Ptolemaic periods using neutron tomography.

The boxes, which were all made roughly between the mid-seventh to third century BCE, contained some startling discoveries including hidden remains of the very animals depicted on the illustrations on the outside of the boxes. 

Mummification of animals was a common practice in ancient Egypt, with animal remains being placed in statues, coffins or consecrated, or votive, boxes that were then sealed. However, some of the boxes seemed to be too small to hold the body of a whole animal.

Still sealed after thousands of years

When archaeologists first uncovered them, a precious few of the boxes were still sealed, all these thousands of years later and a number of the still unopened coffins and boxes now reside in various museums.

In a recent peer-review study published in the journal Scientific Reports, a team of scientists reexamined six unopened votive boxes made of copper alloy, that are now part of the British Museum’s collection.

The purpose of the research was to search for the presence of faunal remains and to understand the manufacture of the containers, building on previous research.

The boxes had already been analyzed in a previous study through the use of X-ray computed tomography, but the results had been inconclusive. Instead of using the same method as the earlier study, the team conducting the follow-up research used a method known as neutron tomography to discover what was hidden inside the sealed containers.

X-ray imaging can be limited by the presence of metal, especially lead, leaded bronze or other dense materials. For this reason, neutron tomography has been established as a complementary, non-invasive technique to be used alongside X-ray methods, as it is effective at detecting organic material.

What was found inside the sealed boxes?

Throuh the use of neutron tomography, the researchers were able to discover more conclusive information about the ancient boxes, with one of them found to contain a number of bones, including a seemingly complete lizard skull.

The box is also adorned with a lizard figure, whose decorations match the pattern of a lizard species that is commonly found in the area the box was located, and whose size also matches the skull and other bones in the box.

Additional bones or bone fragments were found in at least three of the boxes and indications of bone remains were detected in two more. Textile fragments were identified in three of the boxes, indicating that the bones were probably wrapped in material. 

The wrapping material is thought to be linen, which was commonly used in ancient Egyptian mummification.

What function did the boxes have?

Three of the boxes have loops on the outside and contain lead, which may have been used to aid weight distribution across the container.

The researchers speculated that lead may have been chosen due to its status as a magical material in ancient Egypt, as previous research has proposed that lead was used in love charms and curses.

The loops are suggested to have been used to suspend the lighter boxes from the walls of a shrine or temple, or from statues or boats during religious processions, while the heavier lead-containing coffins without loops may have been used for different purposes.

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Terrorist kills three IDF soldiers on Sinai border

Terrorist kills three IDF soldiers on Sinai border


The attacker, identified as an Egyptian police officer, was shot dead.

The Israeli security fence along Egyptian border, built in 2012. Credit: Idobi via Wikimedia Commons.

Three Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed on Saturday in two separate exchanges of fire with a terrorist along the southern border with Egypt.

In the first incident, two soldiers, one of them female, were fatally shot while manning an observation post along the frontier.

An IDF spokesman said that the soldiers had started a guard shift late Friday night and did not return radio calls the following morning. They were subsequently found dead.

Hours later, during the search for the perpetrator, another soldier died in an exchange of fire within Israeli territory. A fourth IDF soldier was lightly wounded.

The terrorist, identified as an Egyptian police officer, was killed.

Israeli forces were searching the area on Saturday afternoon to rule out the possibility of additional attackers.

The IDF, in conjunction with the Egyptian army, opened an investigation into the attacks. Maj. Gen. Eliezer Toledano, head of the Southern Command, was leading the probe.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant convened a situational assessment with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi and other top brass.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was being continuously briefed on the incident, his office said.

Since Israel completed a high-tech security fence along the border with Egypt, it has been largely quiet.

With its network of radars and cameras, the fence—dubbed “Hourglass” by the Israeli Defense Ministry—issues alerts to IDF units regarding suspicious movements.

It has also entirely curbed the flow of illegal African migrants into the Jewish state and significantly boosted the military’s ability to defend the country against Salafi-jihadist terrorist organizations active in the Sinai Peninsula.

Sinai-based terrorists carried out multiple attacks against Israel in 2011 and 2012, before the fence was completed. In August 2011, terrorists killed six Israeli civilians, an IDF soldier, an Israeli police counterterrorism officer and five Egyptian soldiers.

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