As he readies to run for president and grabs whatever low hanging fruit on the conservative agenda tree he can find, Scott Walker is now planning to strip tenure from professors in the University of Wisconsin higher education system.
This will undoubtedly be portrayed and fought over as a matter of academic freedom. Tenure is among other things in place to protect scholars from the patronage and political demands of the moment and incentivize independent scholarship free of ideological, market or political pressures. That is 100% true. And by and large it is a good system - especially when understood in the larger context of academic life.
But let's be honest: there's basically zero way you win a fight in the political realm to defend lifetime job security for relatively high paid professors who do zero manual labor.
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