By Ana Maria Fores Tamayo (Contact)
To be delivered to: Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education and President Barack Obama
Teacher working conditions become student learning conditions. Adjuncts teaching college students have more than doubled since 1970. Today, they teach well over 70% of classes nationwide, yet they are paid shamefully little in comparison to their tenure or tenure track counterparts. They have no chance for advancement, they have no continuity with their semester-to-semester schedule, and they have no say on anything pertaining to their university or college. Moreover, because they are compensated so unequally, they need to hold several teaching positions in order to support themselves, making their workload unfeasible. If you want a better education for students, then you must demand better pay and status for the majority of the faculty teaching in today's institutions of higher education across the country. Demand better salaries for the underpaid and undervalued adjuncts, the contingency labor force that teaches most of the imperative core classes students need in order to succeed in today's competitive academic climate.
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