A Higher Education Fable

Once there was a school on the top of a steep hill. Because it was on a hill, it was called Higher Education.

Everyone who worked at this school had been taught by the teachers in the school down the hill. But because they were now up the hill, they did think a lot about the teachers down the hill. Most of the teachers down the hill were women and most of the teachers up the hill were men.

 

There were several different students who went to the Higher Education school.

The younger students who went there  were mostly there because their parents said it was a good idea. Most of these students spent their time visiting with their friends at the school.

The older students were there because their bosses said they had to be. They wanted to get done very fast. They paid their money and told the teachers, “Give me my grade, my credit, and let me get out of here.” It was like paying the most for as little as possible.

The board members of Higher Education, some of who were the students’ bosses, said, “The students are paying for our school. They must not be disturbed in any way.”

The Education Department of Higher Education spent their time telling their former teachers how to teach better. They did not listen to their teachers about what it was like to teach.

The Higher Education school liked to sponsor candidates for the board for the school down the hill.

The board liked to hire some of the Higher Education workers to invent programs for the teachers in the school down the hill.

The bosses told the Higher Education workers what they wanted from the students at the school down the hill.

The Higher Education workers told the teachers at the school down the hill what the bosses wanted.

The students told the Higher Education workers and the teachers in the school down the hill what they wanted.green maze

The parents told the teachers they wanted their students to be happy.

The Higher Education workers and the bosses saw that many teachers had left.

The State Board, which was made up of bosses and Higher Education people,  hired people who were not teachers to teach in the school down the hill. These workers would not question any opinions about teaching, but would do their job.

Meanwhile the bosses who were in real estate wanted to build new houses.

The bosses who were newspaper editors began writing stories about how bad the school down the hill was.

New schools were built down another hill.

The bosses said that school was good.

The Higher Education workers then invented more classes for the new workers in the new school down the new hill. They had to be young. And their salary had to be in the discretionary income range.

Then the bosses got an idea. They could make money from running their own schools!

The newspapers said that was a great idea.

These new schools would be down the other hills where the new houses were.

The school down the old hill would be closed. The new schools did not want the students from the school down the old hill.

So those students could not get into the Higher Education school.

And the bosses and newspapers and parents down the new hill and Higher Education workers were happy.

The State closed the school down the old hill. The board sold the building to a boss very cheaply for new offices.

The bosses complained that there were no workers living around their new office.

The Higher Education workers began studying the problem with a grant from the national department of education.

They decided that the teachers in the school down the old hill had not been doing their job. That was why there were no good workers around the new office.

Now the rest of the teachers in the school down the hill left.

The teachers in the school down the old hill said, “Listen to why we left”.

The Higher Education workers and the bosses and the newspapers and the parents and the students said, “Be quiet and go away.”

So they did.

And now no one has to worry about learning anything from the teachers in the school down the old hill.

 

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