To the CNN News Desk and Piers Morgan:
I write with your investigative team in mind as well as hosts like Piers Morgan who can raise awareness of the next bubble that’s going to burst within the next year: higher education.
I left teaching in January 2012 after completing a very successful eight year run at River Valley Community College (Claremont, NH)
....served as a field representative during the Adjunct Union drive that was ratified in May 20122 (August 2010-March 2011). I worked “the Western corridor” between Claremont and Keene, NH as well as provided analysis, commentary, and editorials throughout this time period. I have an intimate knowledge of higher education, labor abuse, and abject fraud on the part of the Community College System....
The plantation itself is always in debt, the masters and mistresses know of the abuses and do not care, and the loss of life and deadly working conditions (how many teachers without health insurance died in the last few years simply because they didn’t have regular medical attention? how about the rise in diabetes type 2? Stress-related ulcers and other complications leading to cancer and, of course, mental duress that results in anxiety that leads to admission into the mental hospitals — which all seem to be flourishing here in the age of the migrant intellectual worker. We know the plantation model only produces debt and death, so why allow it to persist? Why not look to the people on the front lines to provide the most innovative solutions?
Here’s a better way: harness that innovation, intelligence, etc. in a way that grows programs, creates the conditions for regular employment, increases revenues — and yes, dear Child of God, you need to pay us — and meets the needs not of the System or the Trustees or even the faculty: instead, let’s meet the needs of students who long to develop new job skills, encounter new ways of thinking through old problems, and increase their own sense of self-worth by way of an increase in their knowledge of themselves and their world.