There is growing linguistic turmoil in academia. To understand why, you need to recognize the growing importance of academic publications, both for individual scholars and for educational institutions. The average workaday university teacher has two major academic responsibilities: teaching and research. Good teaching, which you might think was the core competence of a teacher, is difficult to measure in a reliable way. Student ratings quickly become beauty contests and measuring by exam results can be skewed by the incompetence, or recalcitrance, of the students.
Editor’s Note: Harrison George wishes to apologize for his temporary absence from this website. This was due to an illness of a medical nature and not, contrary to the scurrilous innuendos on various social media, of a psychological nature. Mr George’s psychiatric carers have assured Prachatai that his mental state is stable (as long as he keeps taking the meds), consistently unusual, and terminal. Oh boy! 3 articles about education on the same page of the Bangkok Post. Could educational reform finally be among us?