academia's concept of merit, and especially the way it frowns upon those who it deems meritless, is deeply nauseating, and i don't think we call it out nearly enough
i say this a lot, and i get a few people (mostly those who've never felt what it's like to have academia hold a knife to your throat) who agree with me, but then go right back to coughing up perspectives like
@emi do you have an alternative model you like? A lot of the time my preference for violent systems is abolition but I’m not immediately on board with abolishing academia.
@emi Hmm, though, in thinking about it a second longer, abolishing academia isn’t really the thing to jump to. abolition of the academic concept of merit - of grades and tenure-review-boards and degrees and student ranking systems - there might be something workable there. I wonder if people learn well without those things. I’m sure someone’s studied it at some point.
@gnat for sure merit is the big one. I'd say key things are:
I could go on, but I don't have the energy to type up a 10 toot thread atm, and these are some of the most significant factors
@emi meanwhile, politicians here want to be even more punishing to people who fail a few classes in their first year of uni 🙃
@emi (even though the guy whos backing this law took 8 years to obtain his degree. absolute clown show, this country)
@emi that's a whole lot of ableist, classist bullshit, probably coming from neurotypical white rich people?
there's also the "i thought we had this conversation already, were you not listening?" factor, of classist gaslighting and social climbing, where people will just agree with you to make you shut up, instead of understanding anything you're saying.
a friendly general instance for coders, queers, and leftists!