Can Unions Save Adjuncts?

Academia encourages overoptimistic kids to spend their formative years in the labor market pursuing jobs they aren’t so likely to get, then hires the excess students as essentially casual labor at low wages.

Last week, I wrote that collectively, faculty need to deal with the terrible market for professorships by producing fewer potential professors: admitting a lot fewer students to graduate school. Graduate school doesn't exploit students the way that, say, a third-tier law school program does -- the students are paid, not paying vast sums for degrees they can't use. But by wildly overproducing graduate students, academia is doing something just as bad, in a different way: encouraging overoptimistic (OK, maybe arrogant) kids to spend their formative years in the labor market pursuing jobs they aren't so likely to get, then hiring the excess students as essentially casual labor at low wages.

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