You’re a busy professional looking to diversify your skill set and to secure another income stream. (Or, that’s probably how you’d describe yourself in jargony self-important business resume language.) So, “[i]n this time of job insecurity, the question may have occurred to you: Should you consider part-time teaching as a way to improve your finances and expand your career opportunities?” After all, “[t]he need for part-time professors, known as adjuncts, is high right now. Education is one of the few areas of the economy that has been expanding, partly because so many of the unemployed are returning to school.”
Well, why not? You’ve got something to offer. “[b]ecoming a teacher can be rigorous and time-consuming,” but really–anyone can do it, especially if you’re aiming for post-secondary ed, where we’ll let anyone teach! “[A]t the college level, part-time teaching is a realistic option for some professionals. Postsecondary schools are often willing to be flexible about academic credentials in return for real-world expertise.” But, “[y]ou may not want to pursue teaching part time, however, if your motivation is mainly financial. The pay for adjunct professors is usually low, and the work can be challenging. Still, the nonmonetary rewards that come with teaching can be substantial.”
Since the job is so fun and rewarding, and anyone can do it, you won’t mind the low pay now, will you? Think about the children! Plus, anyone can do it. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to mix up a Harvey Wallbanger and warm up the TV set–Laugh-in is on tonight. In my mind it’s 1971, which is apparently when The New York Times wrote this article. According to the paper of record, we don’t live in a world or teach in universities where adjuncts faculty are the majority or near-majority of faculty already. And there’s always room for more!
This article captures all of the contradictory beliefs about education that we were discussing in the previous thread: 1) There’s no special training required–anyone can do it, 2) For money!, 3) Except, most of us do it for love. So there’s no need to pay teachers or professors well, since they have so much fun on the job, and since–well, anyone can do it, right? (H/t to reader Shaz for sending this on.)
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