Well, THERE is another upside to all of this hoopty-doo over boys in the ladies powder room.
Of course, the driveby FAKE media is portraying Spellings’s comments as moaning about how the law is hurting higher education in North Carolina. Spellings AND the useless UNC board are shining examples of the shortcomings of the last four years in Raleigh. The GOP majority could have taken steps to start cleaning out the liberal rot that has been feasting on our university system for decades. Instead, the Raleigh politicians decided to park a bunch of indifferent apolitical donors on the board and hire a less-than-reform minded educrat to run the whole thing.
Why are we spending so much time looking outside the state for teaching talent?
Landing a faculty position at a UNC campus is a lot like trying to get a spot in the inner circle of The Bilderbergers or ISIS, for that matter. Very clique-ish. Very hush-hush. Very much who-you-know. Quite often the decision making is controlled by liberal department heads who have been camped out in the faculty lounge for a decade or more. They’ve surrounded themselves with their like-minded friends who don’t take too kindly to regular church-goers or Donald Trump voters or people who stand for The National Anthem. It’s a tough crowd.
I did my graduate work within the UNC system. One thing I was struck by was how few faculty members I encountered who had significant experience within the private sector — i.e., had held a real job. I worked for 15 years after obtaining my undergrad degree before starting my graduate work. That work experience helped immensely as I progressed through my graduate studies. I could tell that many of the faculty members either (a) were totally relying on the textbook to cover for their lack of real-world experience, and /or (b) genuinely hated all things capitalist.
I’ve taught for years in community colleges and smaller colleges. One of the things my students keep bringing up to me, and mentioning in professor evaluations, is how much my being able to tie the course material to real-world scenarios helped them understand the material.
If Spellings & co. were genuinely interested in education, they wouldn’t mind letting on that HB2 didn’t change a damn thing. If you bother to look it up and read it, it says: (1) boys and girls will still change clothes and use the bathroom in separate places in government controlled facilities, and (2) private organizations can do what they want. They can also remind people that Charlotte’s ordinance contained draconian fines that would force private businesses to desegregate bathrooms and locker rooms — or go bankrupt. They could also remind people that our state constitution requires localities, who want to do stuff like Charlotte did, to run it through the legislature first. *But why bother with education, when indoctrination and iron-fisted authoritarianism is soooooo much more fun?*
I’d be glad to offer up my services to the UNC system — if only I could make it through the fascist faculty gauntlet. I know of many other competent, qualified folks toiling away within community colleges and smaller private colleges who would be glad to offer up their services to UNC, if only someone could crack open the leftist protectionist blockade.
Boy, did we ever blow a historic opportunity.