Death to the “customer” paradigm

ranting, Slate

Today on Slate, I explain why college students are not customers. Although I am an opinion journalist, this is not an opinion. It’s a fact.

If given the benefit of the doubt, these assertions have some merit: College today is far too expensive. But let’s leave aside the fact that ballooning tuition does not, I repeat, does not, go to professors’ imaginary $200,000 salaries. Faculty are by and large co-victims, along with students, in the cratering of the American university system. Scaring the beejezus out of professors is largely redundant, and the GOP’s thirst for their blood is ideological.

But college students are not customers. That analogy needs to die. It needs to be drowned in the world’s largest bathtub. It needs a George R.R. Martin–esque bloodbath of a demise.

Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Update: Thanks to readers like you (and perhaps a few Libertarian hate-readers), this article reached #1 on Slate’s Most Read. Thank you!

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I’m Officially Me

self-promotion

HEY GUYS I ONLY HAVE LIKE FOUR SECONDS BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS DECIDED TO USE HER OUTSIDE VOICE FOR REASONS UNBEKNOWNST TO ME BUT KNOWNST TO HER SO I GOTTA GO BUT HERE IS MY BRAND-NEW OFFICIAL WEB PRESENCE.

It is called rebeccaschuman.com because up until about ten minutes ago, nobody owned rebeccaschuman.com. The true mark of serious and utter lack of fame or notoriety is when nobody owns a domain name of your first and last name.

Cumberbatch and Kafka

Slate

I am a big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch (or at any rate, I named my bicycle Bikedict Cumberbike for some reason). I am a big “fan” of Franz Kafka (since I am no longer a professional Kafka scholar, what is my relationship? Have I been demoted back to fandom? Who gives a shit? I don’t know). So, it stands to reason I would be a big fan of the BBC’s re-airing of Sherlock reading Die Verwandlung, and I am. My latest on Slate explains why.