Everyone Deserves a Job for Life



It’s a refrain in the endless attack on education: ‘no one deserves a job for life.’  The phrase is meant to convey outrage against the tenure system. It summons images of feckless educators goofing off on the public’s dime, job security making us deaf to the injured cries of our students and rebukes from school administrators alike.

Implying that good work can only be motivated by fear, this view promotes a dim view of human nature. Such poorly documented negativity is contradicted by abundant evidence that people with job security put in hours of their own time to do the job well.

So let’s entertain the opposite idea for a moment.  Let’s say that job security is widely productive, that everyone deserves a job for life. Everyone should have the opportunity for meaningful work with a reasonable degree of security.

Everyone deserves a job for life.  The 1948

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  1. The issue at hand, though, here it focuses on the professorate, is across society. It particularly hits recent college graduates who enter the “precariate” now termed, in part, as entrepreneurs.
    Until the white collar workers, including academics, see this as a common cause of all, and, in part, the result of the “free market” policies made large by the current policies and soon to be exacerbated by Watson and off-spring due to educational commodification, little will change.
    Until the “professions”, including academics, see that the current economic policies impact all, regardless of perceived position, change can not occur and the democratic ideals will continue to be eroded.
    Strip away the academic robes of members of AAUP and the uniforms of members of SEIU and see that there is common cause that should unite; then stand them next to others, internationally.
    What is the difference between workers stuffing chips on a cell phone line and academics stuffing bits into the human biocomputers when both are obsolete before they get to the end of the production line. All workers are replaceable (in the US we call them adjuncts and “at will workers”).

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