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Criminal Silence

(student effort). If academics wanted tenure or promotion, it was important that their product should sell well and their customers should report in glowing terms upon it. Adverse comments ("You are rediculously pickie about speting" was my favourite) indicated the direction of "improvements". Grades were rising; 40 per cent in sociology got As. Content was declining; in literature, creative writing was taking over. "I can write poetry". one student explained as she with drew from Shakespeare. "Like you don't have to read tough books, or bother with grammar and all that stuff." In the early 80s I went to teach in China. In some respects that impoverished institute was a world apart from the conspicuous wealth of its American counterpart; in others ers, it had an eerie similarity. Here too, teachers were frightened of their students

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