Re: hittin' the road

Eric Crump (wleric@SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU)
Thu, 26 Sep 1996 10:40:15 -0500

On Thu, 26 Sep 1996, Steve Krause wrote:
-->Now, I know Eric and Victor are ready to start the magical rhetorical
-->circus tour (coming to a town near you soon!!!) and I appreciate the fun of
-->all that. But I doubt this circus will provide me or my wife any sort of
-->medical insurance; I doubt there will be a retirement or insurance...

Geez Steve. With an attitude like that you never going to get a job in the
circus! ;)

Judging from your many doubts, I think you're envisioning something quite
different from what I'm envisioning. I'm not interested in nomadic
*poverty* only in nomadic freedom. I want to have my cake and eat it too
(I see no reason why we all shouldn't have & eat).

I'm thinking about all the piles and piles of money that society throws at
education. Not as much as on defense, maybe, but it's a respectable pile.
This is not an altruistic endeavor we're talking about. It's a better way
to help students learn and grow. If society in general can be convinced,
it could become a way to make a decent living.

-->and the idea of always being "on the road" doesn't sound like fun to me.

Ah, but if it's a good road and you've got a fast car with a good

The road we're talking about, of course, is literally the road we're
already on. The Net.

-->So while it might be fun for a while....

It might be fun forever.

-->circus-like system for teaching (ie, even more part-timers, instructors,
-->and other non-tenure-track, non-"permanent" staff), I think the circus
-->workers/teachers would be unhappy, and education would suffer.
-->...I'd argue that considering the alternatives (the rhetorical circus, a
-->group of roving "temps" running the show)

But Steve, you seem to insist that the circus would consist of poorly paid
powerless lackeys. How do you come to that conclusion?

--Eric Crump