Dennis Wrong presents a laundry list of arguments that have been brought up by critics of tenure. He seems to favor replacing tenure with a more market-driven system that would get rid of all those incompetents in our midst. At a time when the logic of the market is spreading with unprecedented speed, when job insecurity is a fact of life for everyone from service workers to corporate executives, it’s hard to argue that anybody should have more protection for his or her job, rather than less. Don’t we all recognize the logic of the bottom line: why should anybody be exempt? Dennis Wrong can’t think of a reason.
The university is valuable in part because it is one of the few institutions today that is not completely market dr...
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