More anecdotal evidence of the pernicious influence of student fees.
A short but sobering post after a bruising Friday in the bear-pit of academia.
In a seminar at the start of the week I was encouraging undergraduate students to be more forthcoming with their ideas, opinions and findings. I explained to them that they are part of an academic community and that as such their contribution is important and valued. I highlighted how I’d incorporated research carried out by dissertation students into my own teaching. I explained that some of the ideas raised on the module were not actually the result of my own genius but had emerged in conversation with students like them. In short, I was ‘bigging them up’; trying to instill a little confidence in them, when one student asked in a jovial but pointed fashion: ‘Why should we contribute anything? We’re paying for you to teach us? Did any of them other students whose ideas you ripped off see a penny for them?’
Well, what do we expect if we’re going to commodify knowledge?