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Shortchanging Teachers–and Students–at Community Colleges

July 14, 2013

daily-cameraThat’s the title of an op-ed piece in today’s Boulder Daily Camera by Caprice Lawless, president of the AAUP chapter at Front Range Community College. The opening paragraphs:

We watch in great sadness as, one by one, gifted teachers leave our college without so much as a farewell from the departments in which they served. A few leave for better-paying jobs elsewhere. Most leave education altogether, vowing never to return to the humiliation and contempt faced by those who dare teach in Colorado’s community colleges.

Those of us who remain wonder what we model by our teaching. Increasingly, students are becoming aware they earn more now as baristas and sales clerks than we do teaching them college courses. Many have begun to connect the dots and question the purpose of higher education if their teachers live in poverty.

The rest of Caprice’s piece is here.

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