This guy says a lot of the things I've heard about community college "models" and "learning communities" and "facilitators" and all that garbage. He doesn't seem to come out forcefully enough against all that hooey, which seems to deserve only satire.
He gives the answers, but doesn't present them as answers, instead asking rhetorical questions:
Who should provide an identity for community colleges? ITV? Margaret Spellings? The Massachusetts Transit Authority? Bond election consultants? AQIP? Flow charts? The League for Innovation? Microsoft? Texas?The writer's problem is that he opines generally about "the community college" instead of using his own reactions, thoughts, and ideas to think about his own role in the institution. This effectively puts him at the level of the "corporatespeak" toadies, creating "values" and "missions." What a joke. Here's what his answer should be, in his own words:
[Teachers should think of themselves] as learned or helping individuals who have chosen a life dedicated to academics, committed to a reflective and thinking awareness.Teachers teach, students learn. Discuss ideas, learn specific skills. What more is there? Maybe a classroom and a board.