Stanley Fish: Hating on the Academics
Stanley Fish:Hating on the Academics. Again.
Is it me, or can Stanley Fish no longer write on topics where most sensible people — including academics — would agree with him without sounding like a complete and utter tool?
Short version: Academic Freedom doesn’t protect you from not actually doing your job.
I have a faculty meeting to go to, so this will be shortish. What the hell is it with Fish? This entire piece reads as though those of us in the professoriate actually support idiots like Denis Rancourt. No, really. Most of the people I know are incredibly frustrated when we have colleagues who hide their tendencies to be lazy, stupid, or just plain ol’ mean bastards behind a false banner of academic freedom. We know that Academic Freedom doesn’t mean that. We’ve read the AAUP definition, among other things.
So it would be really nice if blowhards like Stanley Fish would not set up straw man arguments that basically imply that “academics” think this way. Because you know? Most of us don’t. We aren’t the enemy, Stanley. You are.