Teaching to the Walls; was applied in the B.A. classroom

Douglas B Hanson (dhanson@WORLD.STD.COM)
Thu, 15 Dec 1994 08:48:45 -0500

>I think that it does matter what our non-applied colleagues think, because
>they would rather see no majors at all than recommend students to take an
>applied course...

My next question would then be how these profs sustain enrollments when
most of their students probably express concerns about post-graduate job
prospects? With that attitude most bright students would turn around and
begin focusing on an academic path with the potential for some reasonable
return on their investment. Anthropology then becomes nothing but an
intellectual curosity - something for the armchair. I guess I've just been
away from academia too long, but this strikes me as an attitude that will
result in the eventual demise of the field. There are some major
socio-cultural transformations taking place in our society right now and
unless the field girds itself for this change, anthropologists in academia
will face the prospect of teaching to the walls.

-- Doug Hanson