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Unpublished comment on Inside Higher Ed

Yes, but all those PhD program didn't set out to create an oversupply of MA/PhDs; they believe in their work and need students to keep doing it. It's not a conspiracy from people; instead, it's exploitation that becomes, in this example, an administrator's imperative due to budget constraints, which Dean Dad bemoans. This year is the 75th anniversary of Grapes of Wrath: "Three dollars a day. I got damn sick of creeping for my dinner -- and not getting it. I got a wife and kids." That character who bulldozed the tenants' homes wasn't working for someone; he was performing the logic of capitalism. In our day, this is not "structural change" in the economy so much as the economy changing (to a service economy) and the policies not keeping pace. When the 1% has the capital and the 99% has the votes, it's only a matter of time until progressive policies come about.
As for Dean Dad's point about wanting to be for the future instead of building a fortress to protect the old model, I'll be waiting for his announcement that his children will go to college via badges and MOOCs. I won't be holding my breath. The flaw in the "low wages stifle innovation" argument that I see is this: If a system disrespects our humanity, humanity has little use for such a system. Are we in education in order to create a better "innovation" algorithm, or to create the next generation of educated people?
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