Thursday, January 08, 2015
Since public disclosure is all the rage, do you think it would be helpful if colleges of a certain size published statistics on employee dependents who attend?
And how would this account for the academic level of a place? There's arguably a bigger gap between that than there is between tablets or family cars.
You can be a great teacher at a somewhat low institution. While you believe in and support the mission of the place, you might not want your kids to go there.
Also, one colleague's wife took a class in my discipline, and just told me he is astonished at the llevel of work demanded... He told me he thinks most of his own students couldn't do it...I told him I use similar texts and that's standard for our field... e
After a long college search Kid No. 1, who is both an academic and extracurricular rock star, was accepted at a number of fine schools, both public and private. Many of them (including our local "flagship" public) did not offer enough aid to make attendance possible. On the other hand, the SLAC in the Midwest did, Kid No. 1 is happy and thriving, but is nowhere near M & D.
Lots of my colleagues' kids do choose to attend, though. It's a very good school, with a great reputation, and the cost to faculty kids makes it pretty hard to pass up.
A much less important reason why it might not be a good idea: I'm not sure I wouldn't rather go to a community college where the offspring of most of the faculty goes to ivy league schools. Sure, it implies there might be some class issues at play between the students and the faculty, but it would also imply that most of the faculty is likely is composed of heavy-hitting academics, and that's exactly what I'd want.