Monday, March 24, 2014
My Ethical Dilemma
This may be sacrilege coming from a community college instructor, but I couldn't agree with Michael J. Petrilli more. The college route is not for everyone, and sometimes it seems to me that encouraging kids to keep pursuing academic failure is downright cruel and exploitative. Why am I trying to teach that young man to write essays when he (and I and society in general) might be benefiting from his brilliant mechanical aptitude instead? What's wrong with working oneself up to a management position in a fast food franchise? We need to be offering these kids more pathways to self-sufficiency and "the good life" than joining the military.