Several years back, atlantic monthly published an essay by an anonymous professor x (in the basement of the ivory tower) lamenting the quality of non-traditional students and questioning our nation's push to send increasing numbers of people to college, even though they might be academically underprepared. In the basement of the ivory tower — professor x 1 reply anyone who imagines that they understand the situation of education in the united states needs to read this, and those who write should know that this essay was a runner-up in a national contest for professional writers. It's now rare for a book to be published anonymously, but it's clear why professor x feels the need to cloak his identity in the basement of the ivory tower is an expansion of his june 2008 article for the atlantic, in which he described his travails as an adjunct english instructor at a college of last resort. Professor x has the somewhat controversial opinion that too many people who do not belong in college and don't need a college education to do what they do are being told they need to get a sheepskin. Professor x doesn't think everyone is qualified for a college level curriculum john gatto is the last one would expect to be a retired school teacher, as he preaches the flawed ways of the public school system to anyone who will listen.
My review of professor x's in the basement of the ivory tower appears in the 1 may 2011 issue of the new york times book review posted on 29 april 2011 author caleb crain categories academia , items new in print. Professor x talks about some of the problems he encounters as an adjunct instructor of community college english classes, including the profound and barely literate stupidity (in the context of traditional, broad education to be kind) of many of his students. The nook book (ebook) of the in the basement of the ivory tower: the truth about college by professor x at barnes & noble free shipping on $250 or favorite paperbacks: buy 2, get the 3rd free.
And so colleges keep growing, enrollments keep expanding, and lowly adjuncts like professor x toil away in the basement of the ivory tower - with little prestige, no benefits and no hope of tenure but there is a price attached to this relentless expansionism. Professor x redux: a condescending essay becomes a condescending book several years back, atlantic monthly published an essay by an anonymous professor x (in the basement of the ivory tower) lamenting the quality of non-traditional students and. Book review: professor x, who first told tales from college writing courses in an essay in the atlantic, tackles the subject in book form in 'in the basement of the ivory tower. Professor x: in the basement of the ivory tower shop indie bookstores i have a couple of theories about why professor x chose to write a book about the problems with the american belief in the transformative power of higher education.
Read in the basement of the ivory tower the truth about college by professor x with rakuten kobo a caustic expose of the deeply state of our colleges-america's most expensive ponzi scheme. Professor x, pseudonymous author of in the basement of the ivory tower this disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title professor x if an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article. Expanding on his controversial atlantic monthly essay, professor x assails the ill-considered optimism that encourages unprepared students to assume crippling debt to get college degrees they don't really need. Professor x, the author of in the basement of the ivory tower, sounds more upper-lower than lower-upper he and his wife bought a house they could not afford at exactly the wrong point in the house-price bubble.
A caustic expose of the deeply state of our colleges-america's most expensive ponzi scheme what drives a former english major with a creative writing degree, several unpublished novels, three kids, and a straining marriage to take a job as a ni. Professor x is at pains to suggest, through describing how he teaches and how he deals with his students, that adjuncts are entirely capable of doing good work, and of course he is right. The author, a poorly paid adjunct professor, a man who teaches nighttime literature classes in both a small private college and in a community college, wrote under the pseudonym professor x. The article in the basement of the ivory tower is infuriating and insulting on myriad levels, and so this is a response to the article, as well as a kind of open letter to professor x first, the use of an alias is pathetic.
Download in the basement of ivory tower confessions an accidental academic professor x in the basement of pdf excavation and basement construction introduction in general, excavation means to loosen and. In the basement of the ivory tower : confessions of an accidental academic / as his house starts falling apart in every imaginable way, professor x grabs first one, then two jobs teaching english 101 and 102-composition and literature-at a small private college and a local community college. Professor x, teacher at a private college and a community college in the northeastern us author, in the basement of the ivory tower: confessions of an accidental academic.
Alternatively, in the 2008 article in the basement of the ivory tower, professor x discusses the paucity of true intellect in college today he begs the question of whether or not some students should even be admitted. In the basement of the ivory tower professor x a few years ago there was a sudden flurry of debate and discussion over the development of a bubble in university education in the united states. In the basement of the ivory tower was both more and less than i expected i didn't expect professor x to recount so much of his life outside the classroom, and i was surprised to find that i related as much to his personal as to his academic story.