American academics Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus have published a book which has caused quite a stir by maligning the quality of teaching in US colleges. The Wall Street Journal’s review of Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids–and What We Can Do About It states

Everyone knows that colleges increasingly staff courses with part-time instructors who earn meager pay and no benefits. But who wants to eliminate the practice? Administrators like it because it saves money, professors because it saves them from teaching labor-intensive courses. And adjuncts themselves would rather continue at minimum wage than leave the profession altogether. In a “coda,” Mr. Hacker and Ms. Dreifus declare that “it is immoral and unseemly to have a person teaching exactly the same class as an ensconced faculty member, but for one-sixth the pay.” Perhaps so, but without a united faction mobilized against it, such “immorality” won’t stop anytime soon.

Sound familiar? Here’s the link for the blog from the book: