I received this extraordinarily stupid email from my professional organization:
URGENT CALL TO ACTION: Please endorse the MLA Statement on Higher Education by calling Senator Murray’s office at 202 224 2621 TODAY in support of tuition-free public education as well as the conversion of adjunct instructors to tenure-track faculty. The requirement that institutions reach a quota of 75% tenure-track workforce is now being considered for inclusion in the new budget reconciliation bill.
Sounds cute, eh? But the link these idiots provide to explain the proposed
bull bill actually says this:
In April of this year, the MLA issued a statement supporting the College for All Act, a bill that would make most public colleges and universities tuition-free and reduce student debt. Crucially, the act included a provision requiring institutions to reach a quota of 75 percent tenure-track workforce instruction to receive federal funding.
So what does this mean? We won’t get federal funding because we can’t reach the 75% quota. And we can’t reach it because our already scarce funding will be slashed plus we can’t charge tuition. This is a nifty way to get facile idiot academics to support austerity. This College for All Act is nothing but a ploy to destroy public higher education system.
We are begging to get defunded because we can’t process the simplest information. All we know is how to chant slogans.