Editor adds comment to some of this week’s stories
Mike Davies, Editor-in-Chief Ω
I’ve decided this week to give a brief editorial comment on a few things within these pages rather than go on a long, protracted rant about something that’s bothering me or impart words of wisdom that most of you will ignore anyway.
As with everything labelled “opinion” that we publish, these thoughts are my own and not necessarily shared by the rest of The Omega staff or publishing board.
I knew when they first announced the formation of a law school here that it would be trouble, and thought that trouble would likely come in the form of finances.
To the law faculty who think they are entitled to more money, I say this: When anyone else in the world applies for a position in a unionized environment, they understand that their rights, responsibilities and remuneration will be determined by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that organization has with their employer. To demand that the faculty association renegotiate the CBA because your wages should be reflective of the market value of lawyers in the private sector is ridiculous.
If you don’t want to teach law at TRU because you could make way more money by opening a practice — do that instead.
I like beer more than most people. I would even consider taking some courses about it if they were offered.
But it seems foolhardy to implement an entire new program that will involve expensive infrastructure to be built at a time when your current faculties are clamouring for their share of the pot of money that is shrinking and you are re-evaluating your budgeting practices.
Maybe if the market was clamouring for brewmasters and there was no end in sight to the demand for this education in our society, this would be a good idea, but based on the numbers provided — 1,000 jobs available nation-wide — it seems the admittedly small number of schools offering similar programs might make up that difference. This is especially true considering that number includes the people required to hot-glue the boxes shut as they come off the production line and make sure the labels on the bottles are straight — hardly skills requiring a year of schooling.
This sounds awesome.
I don’t know how many times I’ve thought — especially during history classes — how much fun it would be to pretend to be these characters being taught, or imagine how they would react to current situations in our society.
What might Genghis Khan do for a living these days? Wouldn’t it be super fun to learn all about him and then portray him in a job interview for an IT gig in Silicon Valley?
Granted, the games Gorman and his crew are playing sound like they’re all set in the past, I think that would be pretty fun, too. I think it would leave one with a deeper understanding of the course material to engage on a level where their creative side is actively picturing the world around them as the one they are learning about instead of the one they are in.
After all, aren’t the other worlds of our imagination cooler than our own most of the time?