Link of the Day

Is merit racist?

There are respects in which Americans are worse than the Soviets. The Soviet education system was profoundly ideological and deeply stupid. But Soviet education apparatchiks never went to these lengths.

8 thoughts on “Link of the Day”

  1. That writer is pretty blatantly so.

    I am, however, looking right now at a job ad in indigenous studies that I think is ridiculous. They don’t say they want the person to know any actual indigenous languages, or know any indigenous community in depth – it all has to be from a transnational, diasporic, or settler colonial (!) lens! AND this person has to already have documented experience teaching graduate students, AND have some sort of community organization set up already (these being signs that they know an individual they want to hire). AND the candidate has to compose a statement defending their ability and willingness to work with non rich, nonwhite students (as though this were not a standard requirement for everyone, but a special ability). I don’t know, it all seems very white-o-centric and US-o-centric to me … they want you to prove you will privilege “indigenous ways of knowing” WHILE not requiring you much to do anything not in English and not US centered (I claim that “transnational” is a new term for “non-specific and meaningless”) … do I sound terribly off?


    1. Yes!!! Yes! That’s why I know you are exactly the person to contribute to our volume on transnationalism. This is so well-formulated. That’s exactly what I think about the (over)use of the word transnational.

      By the way, we got a contract for our volume today. 🙂

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  2. Fantastic to see this from Bernie!

    I doubt you’ll be happy to see this; I know how you feel about job guarantees. I don’t believe in a federal jobs guarantee either after looking into it. However, he seems to be the only presidential candidate to understand that people want to work and contribute to society and that people have needs other than mere physical sustenance. He understands our view on UBI, and he understands the working class. Apparently nobody else running does…


      1. When someone shares my basic goals but disagrees how to get there, that’s something I can work with. When they don’t even want the same thing at all, what is there to talk about?


  3. Here is another one of these very ideological job ads that doesn’t seem committed very deeply to anything in particular. How underrepresented and marginalized is your typical Bates student?

    The Bates College Program in Environmental Studies seeks to hire an assistant professor in the environmental arts or humanities to join a vibrant, multi-disciplinary community beginning August 1, 2020. We seek a scholar or scholar/practitioner in cultural studies, literature, or performing/studio arts who is attentive to hierarchies of power and privilege and can offer cross-cultural and/or transnational perspectives on environmental traditions. Fields and research approaches are open, but could include: critical race theory, ecocriticism and nature writing, ecofeminism/feminist environmentalism, energy humanities, indigenous and post-colonial/decolonial/decolonizing environmentalisms, posthumanism and animal studies, and queer ecologies. Applicants with a demonstrated record of working successfully with a diversity of students, including underrepresented and marginalized populations, are encouraged to apply. The position carries a five-course teaching load, including the program’s core introductory course on the environmental humanities and multiple mid- and upper-level electives in the candidate’s fields of interest, as well as senior thesis and academic advising.

    We specifically seek applications from individuals with the ability to contribute to the continuing commitment of both the Environmental Studies Program and Bates to equity and inclusion, social and cultural diversity, and the transformative power of our differences. The search committee expects applicants to identify their strengths and experiences in these areas and describe how their research, teaching, and/or outreach can further this goal.


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