Professors Are the How
In the otherworldly landscape of the pandemic campus, faculty, students, and administrators seek a collective purpose. Where is discussion and debate? Where is our community?
Through asking these questions, professors Brad Hougham and Patricia Zimmermann examine the implications of the popular higher-education mantra “students are our why.”
At first a helpful reminder for professors to engage students with their relationships to knowledge, it has “been derailed and weaponized against faculty as an anti-intellectual war cry, eroding morale and productivity.”
Hougham and Zimmermann identify this attitude as part of a broader trend toward consumerist practices: “Higher education must have at its core the transformation of students, faculty, disciplines, and the world through discussion, community, and debate. In its decline, it is now about transactions.”
Read Hougham and Zimmermann’s full commentary on The Edge.