Academics in a fractured community? « University Blog (More on our ‘four hour’ work week)
From Ferdinand von Prondynski’s blog:
Yesterday I looked at the recent comments by the Minister for Education, Batt O’Keeffe TD, about academic teaching workloads. In the post I argued that politicians should not make or propose policies that are not backed by proper and credible evidence. In this case, the Minister’s comments were, as he told us, prompted by something he had been told by two ‘high profile’ academics.
Assuming that the Minister was correctly repeating the advice he had been given by the academics in question, they were telling him that university lecturers only taught four hours per week. Since this is very far indeed from the truth, why, one would want to ask, would any academics offer him such views? And indeed what were they expecting or hoping he would do with this information? (emphasis added)