Education was once a path out of poverty, and not a way into it

Aug 27, 2012

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Sarah Kendzior Via Stephen Downes here

Teaching is touted as a “calling”, with compensation an afterthought. One American research university offers its PhD students a salary of $1000 per semester for the “opportunity” to design and teach a course for undergraduates, who are each paying about $50,000 in tuition. The university calls this position “Senior Teaching Assistant” because paying an instructor so far below minimum wage is probably illegal.

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Clinical academic and skin watcher at the University of Edinburgh

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