ERIC Number: EJ1007086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Reference Count: 7
Teacher/Scholar/Activist: A Response to Keith Kroll's "The End of the Community College English Profession"
Andelora, Jeffrey T.
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v40 n3 p302-307 Mar 2013
In the author's fifteen years as a subscriber to "TETYC," he has yet to read an article as alarming as Keith Kroll's "The End of the Community College English Profession." His argument that neoliberalism--a political ideology and set of economic policies that look to the free market and privatization for answers to questions great and small--is heralding the end of the profession is certainly provocative and one that educators should not ignore. However, the author's view from Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona, differs markedly from Kroll's. In this response the author offers a counternarrative to Keith's dystopian vision and challenge some of his assumptions about the state of the profession. The author's alternate view notwithstanding, he fully agrees with Kroll on more than a few points, not the least of which is the need for more faculty voices to join this conversation at the local and national levels. The author agrees with Kroll's sense of urgency regarding the need for faculty to become more engaged in public discourse and to (re)assert their right to shared governance. He also takes seriously the potential threat that neoliberalism poses to higher education. (Contains 5 notes.)
Descriptors: Governance, Community Colleges, Ideology, Free Enterprise System, Privatization, Neoliberalism, College English, English Instruction, Professional Identity, Program Termination, Reader Response, Politics of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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