Markets in the Classroom

And here is the absolute pièce de résistance of the “pre-canned feelings” document:

We must lay the groundwork for a deeper and wider change in culture—one in which eventually all folks (faculty in particular) realize that their work in the classroom has some ‘economic’/fiscal/financial aspect/consequence.

After which “we will leave the meeting with a sense of” bla-bla.

The textbook definition of neoliberalism, by the way, is “markets in everything.” What does that mean? See above for the perfect example.


4 thoughts on “Markets in the Classroom

  1. This is something like a document from the university’s financial department, sent to heads of school, trying to ease everyone into new budgeting procedures that will later be used in deciding who to fire, among other painful actions?


    1. Exactly but it comes from the Provost and the chief of library services, of all things, not accountants. Library workers do tend to be a little… emotional, let’s put it that way.


  2. When I see the word “must” in some bullshit bureaucratic communique, I reach for my gun.

    (Yes, we’re going there today, it’s for a good cause! But isn’t it always.)

    [ahem] … well, that got dark quickly! 🙂

    But my culture and their culture are incompatible, after all.

    The thing these people don’t understand is that what passes for the “middle class” in America has a huge reserve of tolerance … right before they open up the markets for violence.

    Then it’s roulette politics as to which of them get it first.


    I’m good with “deeper and wider change in culture” for them, BTW.

    Three metres deep instead of two, three metres wide instead of two, totally on board with it.

    That’s because I’ve already accepted the negative dialectics of architecture.

    “Imagine your elite tier New Urbanist community as a prison” … yup yup, McLovin’ it.


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