And another thing

Canada“Let’s talk about paternalism. Specifically, what is the role of administration vis-a-vis faculty? Certainly mentoring has always been a part of the collegium, and it often works well (except perhaps, as happened to a friend of mine, when a ‘mentor’ confuses their ‘mentee’ with an unpaid personal assistant and gets them to pick up dry cleaning). But these sorts of relationships, with or without dry-cleaning, are between individuals. I am thinking more of a general attitude that one sometimes finds, an assumption of parental moral authority where none should exist …” (more)

[Miriam Jones, Living in Interesting Times, 21 April]

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