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HomeEducationIn search of the Educational Analog to ‘Thank You for Your Servitude’

In search of the Educational Analog to ‘Thank You for Your Servitude’


Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump’s Washington and the Value of Submission by Mark Leibovich.

Revealed in July of 2022.

Atlantic workers author (and former NYTimes reporter) Mark Leibovich is aware of nearly none of us needs to waste any extra vitality or time serious about the Trump presidency. It will be arduous to consider one other trade wherein fewer Trump supporters work than larger schooling.

For a fast apart, I Googled “most liberal industries,” and the second outcome got here again a 2014 Slate article titled Which Industries Are the Most Liberal and Most Conservative? That article reprints a graphic from a 2013 paper printed within the American Journal of Political Science that reveals how industries lean ideologically based mostly on patterns of political contributions. The takeaway for us is that academia (no shock) comes out probably the most liberal.

Why, then, ought to these of us in larger ed who’ve nearly absolutely decided concerning the Trump presidency learn one other guide concerning the Trump presidency? You must know one thing about Mark Leibovich’s writing to reply that query.

Readers of his earlier books know that Leibovich is a: uber-plugged in and b: super-funny. These two attributes serve the reader of Thank You for Your Servitude nicely. What Leibovich is after shouldn’t be an train in unique reporting. As a substitute, Thank You for Your Servitude is concerning the politicians that enabled the worst parts of Trump’s behaviors, insurance policies, and actions. Leibovich completed this purpose by making these round Trump look not sinister however ridiculous.

Lindsey Graham and Kevin McCarthy are chief among the many pitiful and tragic-comic characters who solid their lot with Trump. Of their efforts to stay “related,” each politicians deserted first their values after which any declare to decency. In distinction to the majority of the Republican Social gathering, Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney, and the late John McCain come off as (sophisticated and flawed) heroes.

A number of years in the past, I wrote about Julie Schumacher’s satirical educational novel, The Shakespeare Requirement. In that evaluate, I requested, “Why can we love academia a lot that we’re prepared to make enjoyable of ourselves?” My reply was, “I would say that it’s a present to take our work critically, however ourselves not a lot.”.

I would additionally say that humor is usually one of the best ways to grasp one thing. We love humorous books about academia like MOO, Pricey Committee Member, Straight Man, and Surprise Boys as a result of they permit us to discover our world in a means that nonfiction accounts don’t.

Thank You for Your Servitude is nonfiction. And hilarious. Leibovich reveals that it’s attainable to jot down about an occasion as horrifying because the Trump presidency and make it humorous.

The place are the humorous nonfiction books about larger ed?

Why have novelists cornered the market on humorous books about academia?

Do we now have any examples of nonfiction books about schools and universities which might be prone to trigger us to embarrassingly snicker out loud whereas listening to the audiobook model whereas strolling throughout campus?

Thank You for Your Servitude was the political guide I wanted at this second.

I am looking out for its nonfiction analog set not within the swamp of politics however within the halls of academia. Are you able to supply any recommendations?

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