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In the Basement of the Ivory Tower The Truth about College

ISBN-10: 0143120298
ISBN-13: 9780143120292
Edition: N/A
Authors: Professor X
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Description: The controversial book that crystallized the current debate over the value and purpose of a college education. When Professor X's article that inspired this book was published in the Atlantic Monthly, a firestorm of controversy began as teachers  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

The controversial book that crystallized the current debate over the value and purpose of a college education. When Professor X's article that inspired this book was published in the Atlantic Monthly, a firestorm of controversy began as teachers across the country weighed in, some thanking him for his honesty and others pillorying him for his warts-and-all portrayal of the downside of universal college enrollment. The article was chosen by David Brooks for a Sidney Award, given to the best magazine articles every year, and kicked off an anticollege backlash. Professor X is an adjunct professor of English literature and composition, a member of the poorly paid underclass who are now teaching the vast majority of our college courses. This is the story of what he learned on the front lines of America's academic crisis.

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Preface
The Adjunct
Writing Hell
Revelation
Compare and Contrast
The Four Stages of a Plot
Community College
Remediation
The Good Stuff
The Pain
College as Eden
Grade Inflation Temptation
The Textbooks
An Introduction to the Research Paper
Life Editing
Resonance
The Writing Workshop
Do Your Job, Professor!
Grading the Teacher
On Borrowing Liberally from Other People's Work
The College Bubble
Nobody Move
Notes

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