Bucking the Knowledge Factory

Bucking the Knowledge Factory 1

Serge Bloch for The Chronicle Review

Four years into suing a state university for firing me without due process, I relocated and decided, against all reason and experience, to teach a college course part time. I made some calls, and the dean of general studies at what I'll call Area City Technical College invited me to his office, mentioned a figure, and gave me a course. I did not teach that first evening, only because the state required a background check, which took four to five days. No drug test was required.

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