The Trump administration is shaping up to look like an immensely qualified group of adjunct professors — the kind of leaders most parents would want their children to learn from.
Wha wha what?
It’s actually a serious point that I hadn’t considered before. Here goes:
As a rule, the Obama administration is staffed by the crème de la crème of academically trained policy and legal scholars. … Law schools and schools of public administration are the majority. A vast … portion of the current administration’s work experience has been in politics and government. In other words, they are professional bureaucrats, trained by academics in the process of government.
The Trump administration is virtually the opposite. Military, medical, and business backgrounds are the norm. These individuals went to school all over the country … the type of people you would see as adjunct professors — the ones who come into a classroom to help bridge the gap between theory and the real world.
I’m still dubious about how this is going to turn out.
Even so, I’d like to see what would happen to my employer if all our administrators were replaced by adjuncts from outside our academic cocoon.
Via Newmark’s Door.