May 25, 2011, 2:19 pm
All right already. I’ve ignored your posts suggesting that college girls should walk around with T-shirts proclaiming “lips that touch liquor shall never touch mine.” I’ve overlooked your screeds defending evangelicals “who act the way they think Christ wants them to” (as if they alone got the memo).
But as we say in Brooklyn, enough is enough.
Tenure doesn’t get you, anything, Naomi. But people who believe education is a Good Thing? It gets us a lot.
Students, particularly the best ones, benefit from it. Maybe even you benefited from professors who had tenure when you were at Harvard, although it doesn’t sound like it.
Here’s what tenure “gets” those of us who regard education as a Good Thing:
1. Tenure protects teachers, scholars, and writers who might otherwise be judged exclusively by rich and powerful gimmick-driven parents, career-administrators, members of the…