In the Basement of the Ivory Tower

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  • Hardcover
  • 258 pages
  • In the Basement of the Ivory Tower
  • Professor X.
  • English
  • 18 December 2018
  • 067002256X

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In the Basement of the Ivory Tower A caustic expose of the deeply state of our colleges America s most expensive Ponzi scheme What drives a former English major with a creative writing degree, several unpublished novels, three kids, and a straining marriage to take a job as a night teacher at a second rate college An unaffordable mortgage As his house starts falling apart in every imaginable way, Professor X grabs first one, then two jobs teaching English 101 and 102 composition and literature at a small private college and a local community college He finds himself on the front lines of America s academic crisis It s quite an education This is the story of what he learns about his struggling pupils, about the college system a business bent on its own financial targets than the wellbeing of its students about the classics he rediscovers, and about himself Funny, wry, self deprecating, and a provocative indictment of our failing schools, In the Basement of the Ivory Tower is both a brilliant academic satire and a poignant account of one teacher s seismic frustration and unlikely salvation as his real estate woes catapult him into a subprime crisis of an altogether human nature. New Download In the Basement of the Ivory Tower Author Professor X. For Kindle ePUB or eBook – passionbusiness.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “In the Basement of the Ivory Tower

  1. Kathrina says:

    I spend a lot of my time thinking about my education thinking about how smart I am or not , how educated I am or not , in relation to others and in relation to my own expectations I have a bachelor s degree from a fairly well respected university, I ve dabbled in graduate courses, alternate bachelor programs, both at the same university and it s little brother community college My parents were well educated, and I was raised to expect a college career I sell books for a living At a chain I spend a lot of my time thinking about my education thinking about how smart I am or not , how educated I am or not , in relation to others and in relation to my own expectations I have a bachelor s degree from a fairly well respected university, I ve dabbled in graduate courses, alternate bachelor programs, both at the same university and it s little brother community college My parents were well educated, and I was raised to expect a college career I sell books for a living At a chain A nation wide leader in book sales, but a store in the mall, after all I read what I sell, I love what I sell, but I m just selling it, not teaching it, not editing it, and not writing it And my paycheck comes, whether or not I sell it exceptionally...

  2. Stela says:

    The elitism of learningWhen I left Romania, about eleven years ago, I decided to give up on teaching as well After sixteen years of doing only this, it was not an easy decision to make, but I was so fed up with the corrupt system I was leaving behind that I had lost all faith in the generosity of my profession Of course, once a teacher always a teacher and although I ve generally stuck to my decision and now I m working full time in an office finding my work interesting and challenging enough The elitism of learningWhen I left Romania, about...

  3. Barbara says:

    I think there are some points here with merit, although ultimately the main argument is shaky What really makes me roll my eyes, however, is this guy s RIDICULOUS sexism He blames his real estate woes on an inexperienced female inspector, when he would have preferred a nice old man He blames grade inflation on the rising number of female college professors, and thus the feminizing of grades In an unintentionally hilarious anecdote about a pair of dating students in his class, he blames the I think there are some points here with merit, although ultimately the main argument is shaky What really makes me roll my eyes, however, is this guy s RIDICULOUS sexism He blames hi...

  4. Emily says:

    This book both surprised and profoundly disappointed me As an extended discussion of the writer s experiences surrounding a decade long adjunct teaching career, it effectively details a lot of the problems of academia I strongly agree that the current university system merits heavy critique, but I also feel that the problems...

  5. Chuck says:

    Tenured faculty are a vanishing breed as colleges and universities strive to save money by hiring part time faculty like Professor X instead These adjuncts not only receive considerably lower salaries they also live without job security and often without any benefits They are frequently marginalized by regular faculty, crammed into shared office space, excluded from department meetings, and denied faculty voting privileges Because student evaluations play a major role in determining wh Tenured faculty are a vanishing breed as colleges and universities strive to save money by hiring part time faculty like Professor X instead These adjuncts not only receive considerably lower salaries they also live without job security and often without any benefits They are frequently marginalized by regular faculty, crammed into...

  6. Nicholas says:

    There are some real problems here the strained analogies between his university teaching and his mortgage, the sexism he seems totally unaware that he possesses, the back and forth between trenchant criticism of universities and thepersonal stories but the overall critique of the mainstreaming of college makes a lot of sense If nothing else it was truly refreshing to hear Professor X give voice to what many college instructors of the adjunct level or not already know many of thei There are some real problems here the strained anal...

  7. Wanda says:

    Highly readable for the most part I think that I liked this book so well because it reflected my own experience as a professor and I am a full tenured professor and not an adjunct Students lack of basic skills and their inability to construct a coherent sentence, never mind an argument, is nothing short of astounding.The author s thesis is that there are many students who are in community colleges who are ill prepared for college and have little chance of success because they lack the foun Highly readable for the most part I think that I liked this book so well because it reflected my own experience as a professor and I am a full tenured professor and not an adjunct Students lack of basic skills and their inability to construct a coherent sentence, never mind an argument, is nothing short of astounding.The author s thesis is that there are many students who are in community colleges who are ill prepared for college and have little chance of success because they lack the foundation to be a...

  8. Danielle says:

    One major problem I have with this book is his insistence that the college English classroom remains rigid and old fashioned He clearly champions the works of dead white men and goes through great lengths to dismiss many female authors and all authors of color on the grounds that they, 1 Make him feel too uncomfortable to teach the subject matter, 2 Are outdated and not relevant to his students, 3 Are somehow too quaint, sentimental, or otherwise not agreeable examples of the types of litera One major problem I have with this book is his insistence that...

  9. Michael Scott says:

    In the Basement of the Ivory Tower is a book about education More specifically, it is a book about the failures of the education system, from the point of view of a replacement adjunct educator for mostly late evening classes.In sometimes wordy, mostly funny prose, Professor X describes and decries the s of today s college level education the pressure to inflate grades the boss may drop the innocent but, John, good grades also improve their chance for a good job , the fallacy of remed In the Base...

  10. Rozzer says:

    This is a three star book, to which I added a star out of sympathy for the author.Make no mistake Most of this book is NOT the truth about college Most of this book is a memoir, not about college but just about American middle class life in the period 1990 2010 Poor Professor X He got his B.A in English and even took an M.F.A in writing And then waited on tables while writing a book, which was rejected After which he got a government job and together with his wife raised his family in This is a three star book, to which I added a star out of sympathy for the author.Make no mistake Most of this book is NOT the truth about college Most of this book is a memoir, not about college but just about American middle class life in the period 1990 2010 Poor Professor X He got his B.A in English and even took an M.F.A in writing And then waited on tables while writing a b...