Faculty furlough days: what a mess

“If the faculty had voted against [taking furlough days], it would have been a signal to the voters that faculty here, and by extension higher education in general, isn’t taking the problems of the state seriously,” said Bill Lunch, chairman of the political science department.

One can always count on Bill Lunch to provide the very definition of conventional wisdom.  The problem is framing it this way – either vote for the specific motion, or suffer.  That’s clearly a false choice, and the faculty who shut down debate on alternatives did themselves and their colleagues a tremendous disservice yesterday when they used that argument to end debate.

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