‘The Song Machine’ and The Higher Ed Machine

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook. Published in October of 2015.The kind of higher education that I love is higher education unplugged. Education at a human rather than a technological scale. And my image of a professor is one equivalent to that of a singer-songwriter, teaching in the discipline that they are also creating knowledge. This view of American higher education as a small-scale, residential liberal arts enterprise, populated by tenured and tenure track academics teaching and doing research, is woefully inaccurate.   Today, most students are not between the ages of 18 and 22, most are not full-time students, and comparatively few live on campus. Nor are the majority of professors tenured or tenure-track, and even fewer can combine a life of scholarship with teaching.…


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